Activity Introduction

GST24-heroQuick summary: This lesson is designed to help students tune in to the Garage Sale Trail event and concept. The video and graphic resources will enable students to develop foundational knowledge about the Garage Sale Trail. Students will learn about the key problems of consumerism, wastage and the over-consumption of energy and resources.



Following this lesson plan is an ideal way for your school to take part in the Garage Sale Trail. You’ll be joining thousands of amazing teachers in making a difference and creating positive environmental change. Don’t forget to register! 



This lesson is the first in a series that are designed to:

  1. inform students about the environmental problems of wastage and over-consumption
  2. inspire and equip students to host their own Garage Sale
  3. communicate the results of their efforts to various audiences and evaluate the impact of the initiative locally and nationally


 Learning goals: 

  • Students identify the personal, social, economic and environmental impacts of wastage of energy and resources.
  • Students consider their personal consumer habits and the effect they have on the environment.
  • Students view reselling items in a Garage Sale as a proactive response to wasteful consumerism.


Duration of activity:  1 x 50 minute lesson

Resources required:   Video resource: Today Tonight Perth WA — Garage Sale Trail — 23RD OCT 2013, Student Worksheet: Reselling Resources, Homework Activity Page: Which Bird Are You?  

Extension activity: Students can use an internet search engine to research the Garage Sale Trail’s history and achievements. This information will inspire them to get involved in the project this year.

Provisions for learning support: Students needing extra support can be paired with a friend so they can work collaboratively through the activities. Additional time may also be assigned for the completion of written tasks or oral responses may be accepted in the place of written answers for selected activities.

Key words: Garage Sale Trail, consumption, economics, community engagement, life cycle analyses.

Australian Curriculum Content Descriptions

Year 7 Geography:

  • Reflect on their learning to propose individual and collective action in response to a contemporary geographical challenge, taking account of environmental, economic and social considerations, and predict the expected outcomes of their proposal (ACHGS054)

Year 8 Geography:

  • Develop geographically significant questions and plan an inquiry using appropriate geographical methodologies and concepts (ACHGS055)

Year 7 Economics and Business:

  • The ways consumers and producers respond to and influence each other in the market (ACHEK017)

Year 8 Economics and Business:

  • The rights and responsibilities of consumers and businesses in Australia (ACHEK029)

Year 7 Civics and Citizenship:

  • How values, including freedom, respect, inclusion, civility, responsibility, compassion, equality and a ‘fair go’, can promote cohesion within Australian society (ACHCK052)

Year 8 Civics and Citizenship:

  • Identify, gather and sort information and ideas from a range of sources (ACHCS069)

Syllabus Outcomes: GE4-8, GE4-7.


Australian Curriculum General Capabilities: Critical and creative thinkingPersonal and social capabilityEthical understanding


Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum. 


Teacher Worksheet

GST26-heroTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goals: This lesson is designed to introduce the Garage Sale Trail event and concept to students. Teachers can use the video and graphic resources to stimulate students’ interest in the topic. The goal of this introductory phase is to help students tune in to the issues of consumerism, wastage and over-consumption and presents practical activities they can undertake to help make a difference.  

Teacher content information:

Video:  Garage Sale Trail Community Service Announcement from Garage Sale Trail on Vimeo.

The Garage Sale Trail  is a national day of simultaneous garage sales that’s about making sustainability fun and creative! By organising communities around Australia to hold garage sales on the same day, the event aims to enable new neighbourly connections, provide a platform for fundraising, inspire creativity, stimulate local economies, promote the reuse of materials and keep stuff out of landfill.  

The  Garage Sale Trail   is a

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Student Worksheet

GST25-heroThought starter: Will we always be able to make new things? 

 The  Garage Sale Trail   is a not-for-profit  organisation that works with local and state governments, schools and community groups to inspire social and environmental change. Communities around Australia are encouraged to hold garage sales on the same day in order to promote the reuse of materials and to keep stuff out of landfill.  Last year’s event involved over 100 Councils Australia-wide, 7000 sales nationally,  360,000 participants and more than 35,000 sellers. 

 Watch the following video to learn a little more about the Garage Sale Trail

Today Tonight Perth WA -- Garage Sale Trail -- 23RD OCT 2013 from Garage Sale Trail on Vimeo.

Reselling Resources

Think of two items that you own personally that are unwanted. Complete the activities by writing in the spaces provided.  

Explain how you acquired this item 
Give at least one reason why it is no longer
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