How these experts are saving $2000 a year
The oncoming change of season doesn’t just bring along annual chores (like spring cleaning), but is also a time of reflection and refreshment. Many of us are re-evaluating where we’re at in our lives and look to set new goals for the rest of the year. Often, these goals are financial.
Spring actually sees the highest number of searches and listings within the second-hand economy compared to the rest of the year, so there’s never been a better time to start working towards your goals.
Five avid second-hand economy experts are doing just that – each re-evaluating their own lives this spring and setting new intentions for the seasons ahead. With each at a different stage in their life, and all with varying interests and hobbies, we’re confident you’ll learn that matter who you are, you can earn and save more in ways you never thought of:
Find Unique Décor
Love scouring antique shops, flea markets, thrift shops and websites for second-hand, unique décor and clothing? So does lifestyle expert Kait Kucy. She considers herself a self-proclaimed treasure hunter and developed this passion after her parents introduced her to this style of shopping when she was a kid.
Years later, she continues putting this passion for shopping second-hand to good use in decorating her (and her friends’ and family’s) home. This summer, she’ll be looking to redesign her balcony this summer, to not only make it look better but also more functional for hosting. Luckily for her, it shouldn’t be too hard given furniture is one of the top five categories in the second-hand economy!
Give Better Gifts
The second-hand economy isn’t just buying and selling, crafting, repairing or making something new is actually another one of the top reasons Canadians look to participate – and Denise Wild is one of them.
As a self-professed DIY expert, Denise has been using the second-hand economy as a source for gift giving for years now and has enabled her to find truly one-of-a-kind gifts for the people she loves. Case in point, last holiday season she put together unique and thoughtful gift kits for different people in her life and she’s committing to doing more of this in the year to come.
Budget For Baby
As a personal finance expert, Barry Choi soon realized that being a new dad could be tough on his family’s finances. With the birth of a baby being one of the top life events that inspire Canadians to participate in the second-hand economy, it’s no surprise that Barry Choi dove in head first when his daughter Scarlett was born.
Since baby items are one of the top categories exchanged second-hand, Barry was able to not only find a ton of much-needed items, in great condition and for much less money than brand new, but he was also able to sell some and use those earnings towards his daughter’s Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) – how smart!
With spring seeing an increased number of both searches and listings for baby accessories, it’s the perfect opportunity for other new or expecting parents to dip their toes in the second-hand waters this season.
Save On Style
After recently discovering that she could buy a barely-used umbrella stroller on Kijiji for some upcoming spring travel, Afiya Francisco began to think of other items she could look to buy or sell second-hand in an effort to be more conscious and sustainable with the items she owns. The obvious choice? Her wardrobe.
With clothing and accessories being the #1 traded category, and a new season of style underway, Afiya is setting her sights on spring cleaning her closet in order to sell pieces she just doesn’t wear anymore and put those earnings towards items she truly loves. If you’re a fellow fashion lover, the second-hand economy is home to over 230 million clothing items just waiting for a new home!
Makeover Your Home
When it comes to home makeovers, spending’s easy. Saving, without sacrificing design or style? Less so. Designer Leigh-Ann Allaire has saved literally thousands of dollars over the years, by purchasing second-hand home items dripping with upcycling potential. Just last year she redecorated her guest bedroom for $0 (by selling items she didn’t need and using earnings towards buying second-hand)!
With the turn of a new season, is the start of a new home makeover for Leigh-Ann. This spring, she’s committed to redoing her son’s bedroom from top to bottom. It needs a lot of work taking it from an old nursery to a “big boy’s” room, but with some smart purchases and sell in the second-hand economy, we know we’ll be impressed with the results.
These experts teach us that the second-hand economy is an unlimited source of saving and earning potential and creativity. Finding fun new ways to save or earn, as well as make a difference to your community, is something 85% of Canadians are already doing, and we hope you join them!
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