Australia’s festival of pre-loved stuff has partnered with thrifty Aussie style queen (and music icon), Ella Hooper.

Garage Sale Trail will take place over three weekends from November 6th to 21st, giving even more people an opportunity to shop, sell, and learn about the circular economy.

Garage sales will be happening both in the community and virtually, allowing everyone to grab a bargain.

This year, Killing Heidi front woman Ella Hooper is joining the trail.

“I’m a life-long thrifter and I truly love shopping second-hand, especially for clothes,” she said.

“It allows me to have fun and get experimental with my style but importantly it also dramatically reduces textile waste and keeps a whole lot of quality stuff out of landfill.”

Last year’s event extended the lifespan of over 1.5 million kgs of stuff, at over 10,000 garage sales around Australia.

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“That’s why I’m stoked to buddy up with Garage Sale Trail this year and help share the message of reuse far and wide,” Hooper said.

“Hopefully everyone can fall in love with second-hand and reap the benefits – just like I have. Do the planet and your hip-pocket a favour!”

The first weekend, Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th of November, will be dedicated to Trail Tutorials – a series of free online masterclasses teaching about the circular economy.

Hooper will join a team of experts from the worlds of fashion, style, finance and sustainability for the tutorials.

Fashion designer Kit Willow, 1 Million Women founder Natalie Isaacs, finance expert Molly Benjamin, interior designer Adam Powell and others will teach you everything from how to dress sustainably or DIY your wardrobe, to creating a side hustle out of reselling or hosting a garage sale.

Hooper’s workshop is called, ‘Smart Women Shop Sustainably’ where she will be joined by Willow, Isaacs and sustainable fashion educator and eco-stylist Nina Gbor.

Weekends two and three, on 13-14 November and 20-21 November, are all about selling stuff and snagging bargains.

After registering as a seller, you’ll receive a bunch of tools and tips to set you up for success.

They’re also teaming up with PayPal to enable cashless payments, even at IRL events.

“We’re passionate about affordable, safe and secure payment options and we also want to help Aussies generate some extra income or find a second-hand treasure,” said Jess Rix, PayPal Australia’s Consumer Shopping Expert.

“Sellers with PayPal accounts can use QR codes for touch-free in-person payments, and help Garage Sale Trail keep the circular economy turning during the pandemic, saving pre-loved goods from landfill.”

According to WRAP UK, extending the life of clothes by just nine extra months of active use would reduce carbon, water and waste footprints by around 20-30 percent each.

Head to the Garage Sale Trail website for more information on Trail Tutorials, including session times and registration.

Find out more on becoming a seller and links for registration at garagesaletrail.com.au.