$ Price guide: cheap
A curious phenomenon is taking place in the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne, and perhaps elsewhere. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has noticed the increasing number of swap-meets, garage and sidewalk sales lining the pavements and median strip of these vibrant suburbs. It seems that many Melbournians interested in recycling their worldly goods are opting to cut out the middle man (markets, op-shops and secondhand stores) and sell their wares directly to passing traffic. Obviously the success of any such sale will likely be determined by the level of pedestrian (and bicycle) traffic in the area.
Garage sales are by no means a new concept but there is something different about the ones I’ve been to recently, one gets the distinct impression that people are hoping to cash in on the fact that vintage is very much in vogue at the moment. Questionable legality aside, these ad-hoc sales are a great way to build a sense of community, get to know your neighbours, reduce waste and snap up a bargain – so it would seem everyone’s a winner! Except maybe the charity stores in your area who rely on donations to generate funds to for their cause… just something to keep in mind.
Keep your eyes peeled…