Reflecting on The City’s Secondhand Market Place

Published on Thursday, 25 November 2021 at 10:11:00 AM

This month, the City took part in the Nation-wide Garage Sale Trail with the Secondhand Market Place on November 13, 2021.  

Almost half of all global CO2 emissions comes from making, consuming and disposing of items, meaning the way people choose to consume things can have a huge impact in the fight against climate change. By keeping items circulating for longer, our collective carbon, waste and water footprint is reduced. That’s circular economy in action!

28 stallholders took part in the City’s Secondhand Market Place, selling things like toys, books, art, handmade crafts, vintage fashion, tools, musical instruments, collectables, sporting goods and electronics.

More than 300 people showed up to the Market Place, shopping for secondhand treasures, enjoying the food trucks on offer, and listening to the Stage Left Youth Gang.

Stallholder Halia Domazar said the Market Place was a fantastic community event and a perfect opportunity for her son to make some extra cash for his increasingly expensive wish-list.

“We sold many things including an old X-Box, toys, cooking equipment, a hiking stick, and a few books” said Halia.

Halia and her son attended the Secondhand Market Place in 2019 and decided they would like to become stallholders at the next event.

“My son did all of the research into becoming a stallholder at the event and selected the items we were taking to sell.”

Halia’s son is autistic and found the process to be very helpful in engaging with the broader community, using negotiating skills, learning to let go of precious toys, and the true value of money.

“Recycling and reusing have always been commonplace in my life and I raised my sons to always buy secondhand and not to dispose of anything that can have a second life.”

Halia said she was happy to see the City engaging in the circular economy and sparking conversation in the community about re-using and buying secondhand.

“This kind of event is really important for the community and the re-using movement as holding garage sales at our homes poses a big security risk so having a common area for everyone is a much safer way to sell pre-loved goods. I think two events a year in the cooler months would be perfect.”

The Stage Left Youth Gang performs at the City’s Secondhand Market Place

The Stage Left Youth Gang performs at the City’s Secondhand Market Place.

Customers perusing some of the stalls

Customers perusing some of the stalls.

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