Win-Win: Keep things out of the landfill, buy local, support your community

Whether you want to declutter, downsize, or just make some extra pocket money, selling your items on is as easy

Most of us are deeply committed to keeping items out of the landfill, many of us also love to buy local and support our community while saving money.

Where do the three combine?

The local online classifieds, headquartered in Victoria and owned by Black Press generates over 50 million pageviews a month across Canada. Already popular on Vancouver Island, in Campbell River, 20,000 users visit the site each month, a number that is steadily on the rise.

Whether you want to declutter, downsize, or just make some extra pocket money, selling your items on is as easy as taking a quick picture and writing a short description – with a fair price of course!

The same applies if you’re buying. There’s no feeling quite like saving money and for many, buying a top quality gently used item makes more sense than spending the same amount on something new that just won’t last. What’s the saying? They don’t make them like they used to! is a free site, with categories to advertise your business, your community event and your job vacancy as well as the items gathering dust in your basement.

Though there are upgrade options, the site is completely free to post an ad, unlike many other buy and sell sites.

Last year, also introduced a charitable element, allowing their users to post items on the site and donate the proceeds of the sale directly to registered charities and non-profit organizations. This program, called #UsedHelps, already has the involvement of 54 beneficiaries.

They also welcome partnerships with local events. To contact them with regards to sponsorship, email

The team at the UsedHQ are sharing their top tips for better online buying and selling:

  • Add OBO (or best offer) to your ads for an even quicker sale.
  • Seasonal items sell, so anticipate what’s coming – sell your boat in May and your firewood in September.
  • Always view the item in person before parting with any cash.
  • Use the email alerts to be the first to find your coveted item. These alerts email you when a new ad comes on the site.
  • To find items close to home, search by distance and browse the ad listings in map view.


As part of the trusted Black Press Community News Media, businesses interested in increasing their local online advertising reach should contact the team by emailing