The World’s Biggest Garage Sale (WBGS) recently took place on Saturday 17 November, proving a huge success. Thousands of people passed through the doors and by the end of the day, most of the tables and shelves were bare.
This year also saw the event trial a new cashless system.
The WBGS initiative began as a hobby and side project by Yasmin Grigaliunas and Leigh Grigaliunas back in 2013. In 2017 they turned it into a business.
“We are passionate about designing solutions to commercialise the circular economy through the activation of dormant goods for good,” says Yasmin.
“We maximise the value of goods already in the economy, through the circular principles of recycle, repurpose, reuse, and re-commerce.
In doing so, we’re diverting landfill, and drawing wealth from waste which is invested back into our local communities and creating employment opportunities.”
The WBGS saw its inception when Yasmin did a spring clean and decided to hold a garage sale to sell the family ‘stuff’, then donate the money to charity.
She had a dream to sell her unwanted stuff for charity, and this is literally how it began.
She put the call out to her friends to see if anyone else wanted to clean out their homes. And they did. And so did their friends.
Soon there were hundreds of people wanting to do the same thing, many of whom Yasmin had never met. And before Yas knew it, the World’s Biggest Garage Sale was born.
Now WBGS hosts large-scale local re-commerce events to tap into the $3.5-trillion circular economy. Australia's second-hand economy has also been estimated to be worth $34.5-billion.
“We are positioning ourselves as influencers in the circular economy in Brisbane. Our events function to reuse and redistribute goods already in the economy to maximise their value. We are very passionate about the circular economy and the opportunities it provides for turning wealth to waste.
“We are also in the process of developing a digital platform enabling communities globally to reproduce these large-scale re-commerce events through a digital toolkit, allowing WBGS to provide positive impact for people, planet and profit for purpose on a global level.”
The WBGS is also currently part of the River City Labs Accelerator program - a six-month growth program, until December 2018, that pushes later-stage startups to reach the next level, including a $100,000 cash-investment from RCL.
They have big plans for the years ahead.
“We run a circular economy Meetup group out of River City Labs on a monthly basis, and in the future we have big dreams about creating Australia’s first circular economy shopping centre.”