Rebecca Nikolovski washed so many clothing items in readiness for Saturday's national Garage Sale Trail, she broke her washing machine.
‘‘I’ve washed everything so much that my washing machine has actually just broken down,’’ the Mount Keira resident said.
‘‘I like the whole idea of recycling things, instead of just getting rid of them and going to the tip.’’
The Garage Sale Trail is now in its third year as a national event. It organises communities around Australia to hold garage sales on the same day.
So how did Ms Nikolovski go about pricing items for the event?
‘‘It’s tricky. As a rule of thumb, I don’t want to overprice because I want to sell it.
‘‘And I’m being realistic.’’
As far as bargains go, the mother of five said she had three violins and two flutes on offer.
‘‘I would say if anyone is musical, I’ve got a few musical instruments that the kids have grown out of, and loads of dance costumes.’’
The hardest items to part with were the baby clothes, she said.
Ten per cent of Mrs Nikolovski’s proceeds will go towards bushfire charities.
‘‘I had originally picked the Cure for Life Foundation with Charles Teo, but with the bushfires as well, we thought we’d also donate to the Red Cross and Salvation Army bushfire appeals.’’
More than 15,900 items, including books, clothes and musical instruments, will be up for grabs across the Illawarra tomorrow as part of the trail.
The region has more than 250sales registered and organisers expect the day to involve more than 300,000 Australians.
Green team project officer for Wollongong City Council, Cath Blakey, said the event encouraged people to find a new home for their unwanted belongings.
‘‘People can recycle and make some money on the way,’’ she said.
‘‘There’s been a fantastic response from the community.
‘‘I’ll be up at Helensburgh for a sale there.’’
A map with sale locations is available at garagesaletrail.com.au.