About the Second-Hand Economy

What Is the Second-Hand Economy?

It’s all about extending the life of a product by finding new uses for it. You already participate in the second-hand economy if you:

Buy or sell
second-hand items

Donate
items

Rent or lease an item
(or a location)

Swap or
exchange goods

Why Think Second-Hand First?

You’re probably already a part of the second-hand economy and don’t even know it. And do you know how your actions affect your budget, local community, the national economy and the environment?

STRENGTHENING THE CANADIAN ECONOMY

The second-hand economy contributed up to $36 billion to Canada’s economy last year. That’s money that would otherwise be spent outside the country, including through the purchase of imported goods.

HELPING THE ENVIRONMENT

When you prolong the life of your things so that others can enjoy them, it’s an easy and effective way to do your part for the environment.

SAVING AND MAKING MONEY

A great way to stretch your budget! By buying used, Canadians saved around $480 last year and earned about $883. The second-hand economy helps you get more for your money.

KEEP YOUR MONEY IN YOUR COMMUNITY

Finding new uses and bringing things back to usable condition often supports local business, like repair & restoration shops!

How Are We Doing?

Last year, Canadians granted a second life to 77 products each by finding a new and useful purpose for it! Whether you donate, buy, sell, swap or exchange, it all counts towards the bigger picture.

Canadians granted a second life to 1,848,900,000 items in 2015!

Want to Know More About the Second-Hand Economy?

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Save

Stay Within Your Budget

Did you know that on average, Canadians save $480 a year by looking to the second-hand economy for goods & services

Here are some stories to show you how to save, whether it’s simply by purchasing something previously loved or by swapping, exchanging or making a trade!

Second-Hand Economy

Move Your Family, Keep Your Roots

Managing a move can be difficult in the midst of all the brouhaha. There are real emotional, financial and physical stressors at play during the…

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The Summer of Ethan

Ethan comes from a modern family and splits his time equally between living with his dad Mark and his mom Wendy. So making the most…

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Welcome Baby On A Budget

It’s a time of excitement, joy and, often a time of anxiety for expectant moms. With the news that baby is on the way, the…

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Make The Most of Spring Cleaning

Besides the arrival of much nicer weather, spring also signals the time for everyone to get busy decluttering and cleaning their living spaces. But, before…

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Keeping Active This Winter

From curling, skiing, snowboarding and skating, we all have our favourite winter outdoor activities. And when you…

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Sell

Earn Extra Cash

If you’re looking to make a little money on the side, selling something you don’t need anymore is a good option! In fact, Canadians earned an average of $883 last year.

And we want to help you get a chunk of that change! Here are some ways other people have been turning to the second-hand economy to de-stash, de-clutter and make some cash!

Unique Finds

Find Something Unique

From one-of-a-kind gifts to vintage items and retro nostalgia, Kijiji has it all. Check out the latest #KijijiFinds for inspiration!

Second-Hand Economy

Stress-Free Holidays

The holidays are a time of cheer and goodwill, so you shouldn’t need to sacrifice your sanity searching for a loved one’s perfect gift,…

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Inside Morgan’s Dream Wedding

It’s a wedding she’s been planning since she was a little girl. But when she realized that the average Canadian wedding costs $30,000, she started…

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