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There are worse ways of spending a Saturday morning than sitting in the sunshine under a red gum tree offering plants to passers-by. The money raised from the sale by Sue Parr and Cherie and Graeme Swift will keep the Kingston Organic Community Gardens going strong – and that will mean that the vegetables grown there will continue to go to four refugee families. Not only vegetable plants but the sweet peas which bloom around the tree. Sue Parr said the refugees from Iraq and Afghanistan particularly liked flowers. At the trestle table, a jellybean plant seemed like a bargain at $5. At $3, so did pots of mint, oregano, marjoram, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme, not to mention tomato, strawberry and raspberry plants. Over at Turner Place in Yarralumla, eggs were the real deal, not just any eggs but ones laid by the chooks at the back of the house. Ten-year-old Jemima McKay was hoping to sell a giant pink ping-pong bat “because I never use it. And a doll that my sister, Tilly, doesn’t play with”. Jack Hardwicke was selling the handlebars and seat from his dad’s bike, presumably with his dad’s knowledge. The residents of Bonython Street got together to sell “designer and vintage clothes and shoes: Gorman, Cos, Alpha 60, Sandro, The Kooples, Scanlon and Theodore, Céline, Miu Miu. (Sizes 6-10). Plus, as their pitch put it: “An awesome collection of vinyl records, homewares, fabric, games, kids toys, handmade wares, plants, kids clothes.” An ex-teacher at Duffy Primary School was selling off a whole heap of useful material for learning. It was all part of the rich mixture of items on sale over this weekend in the “Garage Sale Trail 2020”. In Canberra, 370 groups and individuals had registered their “stores”. There were also online stores, with people live-streaming. That’s an increase on last year’s 300 garage sales, despite the constraint of the epidemic. Variety was the key from sellers like Hoarders Delight, Goodies Galore in Gowrie, The Hawkers of Hawker, Duffy Demolition, Two Old Bags, Grandiose Gungahlin, Curiosities of Curtin, Hall Men’s Shed, and Not Hoarding in Holder. The organisers reckon that each sale makes the seller an average of $340 but the other, non-financial aim is to encourage the re-use of unwanted objects rather than sending them to land-fill. “The aim of the Garage Sale Trail is part of our support for reuse as a better option than recycling,” said Yvette McKay, who works for the ACT government. The other aim was to have fun. The organisers advised on how to wrangle with customers: “Be prepared to haggle and use the classic bundling trick to make the most of it. ‘Oh you want that $15 item for $10, how about you give me $15 and I’ll throw in that book you’ve been eyeing off.’ ” Killer,” they said. The ACT government is very keen on reusing objects. Its advice is:

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