Activity Introduction

GST2-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.

GST_Logo_CMYK_High-Res_STAMP-300x300Following 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 of four 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 including classroom activity: Reselling Resources and  homework activity: 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, waste, recycling, economics, community engagement, life cycle analysis.

Australian Curriculum Content Descriptions

Year 5 Geography:

  • The environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them (ACHASSK113)

Year 6 Geography:

  • Reflect on learning to propose personal and/or collective action in response to an issue or challenge, and predict the probable effects (ACHASSI132)

Year 5 Economics and Business:

  • The difference between needs and wants and why choices need to be made about how limited resources are used (ACHASSK119)
  • Types of resources (natural, human, capital) and the ways societies use them to satisfy the needs and wants of present and future generations (ACHASSK120)
  • Influences on consumer choices and methods that can be used to help make informed personal consumer and financial choices (ACHASSK121)

Year 6 Economics and Business:

  • The effect that consumer and financial decisions can have on the individual, the broader community and the environment (ACHASSK150)
  • Use criteria to make decisions and judgements and consider advantages and disadvantages of preferring one decision over others (ACHASSI131)

Year 5 Civics and Citizenship:

  • Use and evaluate a range of information to develop a point of view (ACHCS030)
  • Reflect on personal roles and actions as a citizen in the school and in the community (ACHCS034)

Year 6 Civics and Citizenship:

  • Use and evaluate a range of information to develop a point of view (ACHCS042)
  • Reflect on personal roles and actions as a citizen in the school and in the community (ACHCS046)

Syllabus OutcomesGE3-2, GE3-3, GE3-4

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

GST5-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.

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 not-for-profit organisation tha

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: What happens to stuff when we throw it away?

The  Garage Sale Trail   is a not-for-profit  organisation that works with the government, 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 but no longer want to keep. Complete the activities by writing in the spaces provided.





Make  a sketch of the item in the space below.  








Describe how you came to own this item. 



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