Let's face it, no list of where to buy and sell locally online would be complete without a mention of the immensely popular Kijiji. To see what’s available near you, the website directs you to search for whatever you're looking for according to your specific location in B.C. Whether you’re in the market for art, bikes, jewellery or electronics, it also allows you to pick and browse through only the categories you’re most interested in.
Plus, if you have something to sell, it takes a mere 30 seconds to post a free ad, complete with photos and even a video.
Stuck with a mismatched foundation you got accidentally and can't return? Post your bought-but-never-used beauty products to the Vancouver Cosmetics Buying, Selling, Or Free Facebook group, where a community of like-minded product junkies will be happy to take an unused lipstick or two off your hands.
From Revlon lippies and M.A.C brushes to Urban Decay palettes and Tom Ford fragrances, the page currently features a number of body, hair and beauty products—some still in their original packaging—on sale at majorly reduced prices.
If there’s one thing most kids have in common, it’s that they grow into and out of their belongings a lot quicker than we—and our wallets—would like. Luckily, you can pay it forward with East Van Kids Swap & Shop, a Facebook group of parents looking to pass along children’s clothing, toys, furniture and accessories to others in need.
Budget as you may, it can be difficult to keep costs down when planning your dream wedding. That’s why we love the Greater Vancouver Wedding Swap and Shop, a Facebook group community of more than 3,000 newlyweds, brides-to-be, and other past-and-future wedding goers looking to buy, sell and swap a variety of big-day essentials. You might just find many of the things you need'll to bring your Real Weddings-inspired vision to life.
Whether you’re looking for a dress, bridal accessories, place settings or reception decor, the page offers plenty of affordable options—you may even save hundreds of dollars on your dream designer gown from Truly Zac Posen or White by Vera Wang. Plus, as an added bonus, group members also share the names of local budget-friendly wedding services for makeup, nail treatments, event photography and more.
The newest addition to Vancouver’s online marketplace, the Breez app (available in Apple's App Store) allows you to buy and sell a carefully curated collection of home, fashion and lifestyle goods—we spotted Prada frames, beach cruisers and mid-century side tables on our last spin—within a local, style-conscious community. Simply snap, post, and share your items with the in-app camera, photo filters and social-sharing tools, and watch the sales roll in.
Buying on Breez is just as easy—you can either determine a meeting point through the platform’s in-app messaging, or convene at the Breez Trading Post on Vancouver’s west side, which helps reduce the uncertainty of online purchases.
From relaxed tees to tailored trousers, Aritzia consistently pumps out some of the Lower Mainland's most-coveted fashion. But if you ever find yourself falling out of love with a piece from the ever-expanding retailer, posting it on the Vancouver Aritzia Shop and Swap Facebook group will ensure it finds a new home in record time.
Meanwhile, fans of Lululemon who are looking to buy, sell or swap the West Coast brand’s workout gear with other locals can turn to a similar group page: the Vancouver Lululemon Shop ‘n’ Swap.
Where to go on the web to swap unwanted or previously-loved items with fellow fashionistas
North Vancouver Closet
With more than 8,000 fashion-forward members, the North Vancouver Closet Facebook group provides the easiest way to buy and sell clothes on the North Shore. Expect trendy threads from shops like Zara, Aritzia, and H&M, plus brand-name denim, handbags, shoes and more—all for at least 30 per cent off the retail price.
The community’s success has even spurred the creation of a similar group for residents of Vancouver and Burnaby: the Burnaby/Vancouver Closet.