IT was a day packed with activities when Glenorchy City Council (GCC) hosted the annual Garage Sale Trail and Anti-Poverty Week on 19 October.
GCC community development officer Lisa Rudd said the day had started off with a volunteer’s breakfast which attracted more than 40 attendees.
“This was to celebrate the hard work, dedication and the positive role models these volunteers are within our communities,” she said.
“Volunteers in op shops and other areas like Foodbank Tasmania contribute towards a culture of sustainability and also help to increase connections and community participation, so it is a great opportunity to recognise and acknowledge the work they do.”
GCC youth development officer Ally Byrne said the breakfast was followed with a Glenorchy op shop walking tour which attracted nearly 20 people.
“Glenorchy has several quality pre-loved shops and the tour was very popular with those who attended,” she said.
“We visited six shops and participants walked away with several bargains.
“This was a great way for community members to shop locally and sustainably and discover or re-discover the large amount of local op shops in the Glenorchy CBD area.
“The alignment with Anti-Poverty Week showed people how to find affordable clothing and goods.
“When every dollar counts in the household budget, it’s good to know that we are fortunate to have such a large range of quality op shops in the area to purchase clothing and goods.
“All shops have wonderful staff and volunteers who give their time to the community.”
The tour was hosted by the Overdressed Market manager Susannah Slatter who offered personal styling advice to the tour’s participants.
“Making the most of local op shops is a winning formula – shoppers found some amazing treasures for a fraction of the original price and the impact for the community and the environment is a positive one,” Ms Slatter said.
“Let’s not forget that wearing a bargain definitely comes with its own level of fashion credibility.”
Glenorchy City Council extend its thanks to Ms Slatter and all op shops in the area for their involvement.
Caption: From left, Garage Sale Trail co-founder Darryl Nichols with Glenorchy City Council’s Danielle Hall and Lisa Rudd.