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A nation of hoarders:

Do you hang on to things? You’re not alone.
By Motherpedia
Date: October 25 2013
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Two thirds of Australians admit to having ‘too much’ stuff at home and don’t have enough space for it all, according to a Newspoll survey.

The study also found that 86% of Australians have at some point either ‘bought things they don’t really need’; ‘bought things they end up not using or hardly using at all’ (87%) and bought ‘things on impulse and then regret it’ (79%).

Testament to that statistic are the more than 7,000 households which are taking the opportunity to de-clutter their homes and put their unwanted items up for re-sale this Saturday as part of the Garage Sale Trail – Australia’s biggest re-use and recycling event. 

“The Newspoll research confirms that we, as a nation, are aware of our tendency towards buying things we don’t really need or that we don’t use much or at all, so selling our excess belongings is therefore a very attractive notion,” says Andrew Valder co-founder of Garage Sale Trail.

A total of 112 local councils around Australia have partnered with Garage Sale Trail for Saturday’s event.

“Participation in Garage Sale Trail either as a seller or a buyer of recycled goods means we are thinking about our consumption patterns and acting as conscious consumers - and this is key to Garage Sale Trail’s aim of trying to help keep waste from landfill.”

“The Newspoll statistic that 79% of Australians have ‘bought things on impulse and then regretted it’ points to another possible reason why people enjoy taking part in Garage Sale Trail and that is, buyers can identify ahead of time items in which they are interested and ensure they don’t blow their budget,” Valder said.

To date there are 7,335 sales registered and 1,453,247 items for sale with a total value over $4 million.  More than 300,00 Australians are expected to participate in the event as either buyers or sellers.

To find a garage sale or to register your own visit:

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