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:

Donate items
Buy or sell second-hand items
Rent or lease an item (or location)
Swap or exchange goods

Why create the Kijiji Second-Hand Economy Index?

As the leader of this new economy, Kijiji wanted to know more about the growing phenomenon and help Canadians maximize their profits.

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!

How Does Your Province Compare?

The average number of items given a second life by province. See how your province stacks up by clicking the map below.

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 Money in Your Community

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