More than 83% of British Columbians have purchased second-hand goods in the past year, according to a new study from Vancity.
It says the second-hand economy is on the rise, with more people buying pre-owned goods than ever before.
Technology, clothes and homeware are the most popular items to buy second-hand.
Vanessa Timmer, Executive director of the non-profit group “One Earth,” says the report shows a cultural shift has taken place.
“I think what this is, is a real message to manufacturers and businesses that the change is happening where we’re moving from an interest in more and more and more stuff, to actually better quality stuff, and even just having access to stuff,” she said.
The report also shows over 95% of those polled gave away or donated used goods in the past year.
Timmer says it’s a part of a wider movement going on around the world.
“We’re seeing people wanting to not necessarily own things, but lease and borrow them. We can see people wanting longer lasting, more durable products. People want to repair their things again. All of those things are part of this larger wave to move towards a more sustainable, just, and healthy economy,” she said.
While almost all age groups picked up household items and clothing second hand, Millennials rounded out that list with electronics, while the 35+ crowd picked up furniture, and Baby Boomers were buying books.
Timmer says affordability is the main reason why people buy used.
Those polled say they use their extra money to pay bills and pay their rent.