Grab a bargain on the sale trail

Holly ThompsonSound Telegraph
Baldivis resident Rihanna Hinkley-Bland will sell some pre-loved items on November 21.
Camera IconBaldivis resident Rihanna Hinkley-Bland will sell some pre-loved items on November 21. Credit: Picture: Holly Thompson

Baldivis resident Rihanna Hinkley-Bland will join thousands of others across the country in the Garage Sale Trail, which encourages people to give pre-loved items a second life.

This year’s trail, which runs on the weekend of November 21 and 22, will have more than 2 million items listed at more than 16,000 garage sales. Due to COVID-19 some sales this year will be listed online.

Ms Hinkley-Bland said she had loved the idea of garage sales and op-shopping ever since she was a child.

“I have been quite passionate about it my whole life, I was raised in a family of five girls and we all wore hand-me-downs,” she said.

“Mum would also take me op-shopping all the time.

“I’d say I really got into doing it when I became a single mum at 18.

“I had to manage my money and the funds coming in and going out, I just couldn’t justify spending so much in a retail store.”

Ms Hinkley-Bland will run a store in her home along Fifty Road with her 15-year-old son on the Saturday.

One of her friends will also be joining them with her own items.

“This is my first time doing the Garage Sale Trail, there will be a lot of pre-loved clothes, from my six-year-old and my 15-year-old sons as well, some plants, some Eagles wear, maybe some furniture will all be for sale,” she said.

Kwinana mayor Carol Adams said the Garage Sale Trail was part of the City’s commitment to reduce landfill and support reducing waste at home.

“The City is thrilled to be involved with the initiative again this year. We encourage as many people as possible in Kwinana to register their own sale or get out and about and shop the trail,” she said.

Other participants on the trail include the Bertram Boyz Garage Sale, five best friends selling their unwanted household items to make some extra money.

One of the boys will also be celebrating his 11th birthday on the sale weekend.

Another shop, T-J Richardson’s Cortisol Pump Fundraiser, is raising funds for T-J, who has Addison’s disease, to help her reach a goal of $10,000 to buy an insulin pump to administer cortisol.

To host a sale or shop the trail, visit

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