You New Eames Chair: Buy Local, Support Local

You’re moving into a new place and furniture is on your mind. You’ve saved a spot for a chair—not any chair—a stylish, classic Eames Lounger. A quick look online confirms you can order one from out of the country. Or, perhaps you could search online and purchase a gently-used one locally.

THE CHAIR OF YOUR DREAMS IS RIGHT NEXT DOOR

loungechair-iconIt’s amazing to see how many chairs and other pieces of furniture are being bought and sold second-hand online across Canada. Kijiji has a vast selection of items, from your dream Eames chair to your new dining room table just waiting for a new home. The perfect piece could potentially be down the street from you. Those who choose to buy through the second-hand economy aren’t just getting a great deal, they are also helping to support their local economy, which benefits communities and individuals right in their own neighbourhood.

HOW YOU’RE SUPPORTING CANADIANS LIKE YOU

While something shiny and new like a freshly imported chair may look like an exciting purchase, you’re actually helping support several economies – just not ours. Let’s break this Eames chair down: A frame of American plywood covered in a Rosewood Veneer from Brazil; a metal spine from Japan and a base manufactured in Germany; all topped with a leather-covered seat from Scotland. Instead of supporting the economy abroad, why not keep the money in Canada by buying a gently-used chair from the family across town.

If durable goods such as furniture could achieve a high rate of sales for used goods, it would create an additional $10 to $15 billion per year of re-use.

Considering Canadians spend close to $200 billion on durable and semi-durable goods each year (like imported arm chairs), can you imagine how much more money we could invest back into our country by participating more in the second-hand economy? It’s Canadian-to-Canadian, helping to create jobs, boost the local economy, and give back to our communities.