Your 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.


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.


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.

Learn How to Get Involved in the Second-Hand Economy!

Learn How to Get Involved in the Second-Hand Economy!

If you’ve bought or sold used items, swapped, or donated, you’re already an active contributor!

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