Tuesday, 02 June 2020


Registrations for Whitianga Town Garage Sale now open

Queen’s Birthday weekend this year (Saturday 1 June to Monday 3 June) will see a return of the highly anticipated Whitianga Town Garage Sale.

This year is the 11th anniversary of the event and bargain hunters often travel from out of town to enjoy a long weekend of treasure hunting.

Local residents can become involved by registering a garage sale for the weekend or by visiting the garage sales and opening their wallets for an item or two they may or may not need.

If you need any encouragement to get involved, then consider this…

In 2011, a bargain hunter paid 40 pence each for three unusual glasses she found at a garage sale in Portsmouth. They turned out to be rare 18th century examples of work by revered glassmaker William Beilby. The glasses later sold at auction for 19,000 pounds.

And some years ago, a New York family bought a Chinese bowl, just five inches in diameter, at a garage sale for USD3 and found out that it was actually a 1,000-year-old treasure worth USD2.2 million. The bowl was from the Northern Song Dynasty, which ruled China from 960 to 1127. The only other known bowl of similar size and design has been in the collection of the British Museum for more than 60 years.

To register your garage sale at a cost of $15, please contact The Informer office by popping into our office at 14 Monk Street, Whitianga, by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phoning us on (07) 866 2090. We’ll need to know the address of your garage sale, the day/s of Queen’s Birthday Weekend you want to hold your sale, the hours you want to hold your sale, and a short description of what you’ll have on offer.

All registered garage sales will receive two posters to direct bargain hunters to your sale, and a map of all garage sales will be printed in The Informer that will be published the Wednesday before Queen’s Birthday Weekend. All registration proceeds will go to a local charity nominated by the Mercury Bay Area School primary years student leaders.


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