How to have fun outdoors this summer

“Canadian summers are so long,” said no Canadians ever. Our summers may be 3 months long but they can often feel like they are over before they’ve even begun. Especially, if you’re not making the most of the outdoors.

The problem is that outdoor summer fun can often come with a big price tag. Our trick? Focus more on creating experiences. With the help of the second-hand economy, it’s easier than ever to do just that.

Hit the Road

Canada’s great outdoors are the envy of the world, and we all have access to it, not more than a short drive away. But before getting on the road, make sure your vehicle is road ready with a new-to-you set of tires! This season sees a ton of listings for summer or all-season tires so you can feel confident that your wheels will last as long as your road trip.

While you’re at it, summer is also a great time to find second-hand car bike racks, rooftop cargo, canoe or kayak racks (or any other car rack you can think of!) These often expensive items are available at a fraction of what you’d spend buying brand new, making your Canadian outdoor destination feel closer than it ever has. In fact, Canadians are saving up to $825 a year just from shopping second hand.

Adventure is Calling

Good old fashioned camping is another way to soak up the Canadian summer – but taking your whole family can take a toll on your wallet. We like to tell families to take stock of the camping equipment you already have, verses what you need, and the second-hand economy can help you fill in the gaps.

This month sees an increase in both listings and searches for camping gear – up almost 50%, compared to May, so there has never been a better time to shop!

Camping stoves, 4-person tents, camping chairs and kids’ camping gear are among the top items searched for and listed, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding the stuff you need, and for much less.

Have your eyes set on the lake? Fishing gear is also a top item in the summer. While you’re shoreside, we know you’ll be in the market for quality waterproof. Good thing, you can find high-end brands like Patagonia and The North Face this season too!

Whether you’re roughing it, camping or glamping, there are over 37,000 camping-related listings available for you to shop this summer.

Upgrade your Staycation

There’s no reason not to associate your own home with summer outdoor experiences. After all, patio furniture and ways to dress up your outdoor living areas are among the most popular items exchanged in the second-hand economy during summer. From patio tables, deck chairs and barbecues, to gazebos, record players, and badminton sets, the second-hand economy is brimming with items waiting to make your deck life better. Find a barely-used blender for homemade cocktails. Shade your deck with great deals on umbrellas of every shape and size. And why not make any indoor space more livable by purchasing a second-hand air conditioner? By upgrading the possibilities at home, a vacation can happen right after work or on the weekend, right in your very own backyard.

Whatever your definition of a great Canadian summer is, you can enjoy it more fully in the second-hand economy.

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

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