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Buying second-hand products- Find out how you can protect yourself and your family when buying second-hand products.

Be aware of the potential risks of buying or using second-hand items from:

  • garage sales
  • flea markets
  • second-hand stores
  • the Internet
  • family and friends

In Canada, it is the seller’s responsibility to make sure that their products are safe. You should still be careful when buying anything second-hand. Products sold second-hand, especially at garage sales, may not meet current regulatory or safety requirements.

Avoid items that are:

  • banned
  • damaged
  • missing labelling or instructions

Look for labels

By law, some products (such as cribs and car seats) need a label that clearly states:

  • the manufacturer
  • model number
  • date of manufacture

Ask questions about the product

Every product has a history. Here are some questions you may want to ask before buying something second-hand:

  • How old is it?
  • How much use has it had?
  • Has it been repaired?
  • Has it been in an accident?

Commonly available second-hand products

Some second-hand products may seem harmless but they can be potentially dangerous. Be extra cautious about buying the following items:



Buyer and seller responsibilities

As a buyer, you should be informed about:

  • product recalls and safety alerts
  • changes to regulatory or safety requirements

If you are lending, giving or selling an item, it must meet current Canadian regulatory or safety requirements. Homemade products must also meet the same regulatory or safety requirements. Get more information for shoppers of second-hand products on the Health Canada website.

Stay on top of recalls

If you need to find out if a product has been recalled, you can:

Banned products in Canada

These products are banned in Canada because they are dangerous to human health or safety. They are banned under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act. It is illegal to sell or give away banned items.

Some of Canada’s banned products include:

  • baby walkers
  • infant self-feeding devices
  • jequirity beans and products made with jequirity beans
  • lawn darts with elongated tips
  • polycarbonate baby bottles that contain bisphenol A (BPA)

If you have bought a banned product or one that has been recalled, you should:

  • destroy it and/or
  • dispose of the item safely

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How to sell clothes and earn extra cash

It might be high time to sell clothes you’ve had hidden in your wardrobe that are in excellent condition but you just never seem to wear.
Here are a few ways to make a little buck from your hand-me-downs (#SideHustle) and save your clothing items from heading straight to the landfill (or spending another few years in the back of your closet).

1. Consignment stores

There are lots of great consignment stores around Metro Vancouver that you can bring your clothing to – from casual clothing to kids to luxury to vintage to even sporting apparel.

First, find out what style of clothes they are selling and whether your items are a “fit” for the store. No matter what, they will want clothing that is still in good condition, no rips or stains. A vintage store may be looking for unique pieces of well-known brands, whereas a more casual contemporary store will look for brands you see everyday. Find out what their requirements are as some will only take clothing that is a few years old or specific brands, while others may be more open in what they accept.

Consignment stores will usually recommend a price for you to sell clothes at, as they are familiar with what sells and what doesn’t. If you think it’s worth more you may be able to suggest a price depending on their standards.

So how do you get paid? There are two main approaches. The most common is receiving a percentage of the profits – anywhere from 25-60% – with the consignment store keeping the rest. The other approach is when the consignment store pays you upfront. The second approach can be great because than you get the money right away, even if it doesn’t sell, but you may take a hit on how much you earn (usually less than 50%). Also, keep in mind that sometimes you have to pay a consigner fee of $5-10.


2. Online buy & sell

There are a wide variety of online platforms and mobile apps you can use to sell clothes that currently have a lot of different users (think potential buyers). The benefit to these platforms is you get to keep the full profit of the sale, unlike consignment stores. Some are location based so you can sell to people within Metro Vancouver, whereas others have a wider reach and you can sell to people all over Canada, or even globally, depending on how you set up your shipping options.

The downside of selling clothes on these platforms is that there is more work for you to do in terms of posting the product, managing the posting, replying to emails and meeting up with potential buyers.

The best way to go about online selling is to take a look at what is being offered on the platform already and see which platform you think your clothes might sell best on and at what price. Also, try to take good quality photos that highlight your product well or style it in an outfit!

3. Clothing swap

Consider organizing a clothing swap, with a buy-in fee, for your friends. A clothing swap usually works where everyone brings a certain number of clothing pieces and then gets to ‘swap out’ their clothing with new (to them) items.

In this version, you focus on creating a well-organized swap, so you can request a small buy-in fee that allows each person to join in and swap a certain amount of clothing. For example, if everyone donates 10 items and pays $20 to join in the swap, they each get to select 10 items to take home. You can set the buy-in and clothing donation amounts to what you feel comfortable with collecting.

The work here for you comes in making sure it is a well-organized clothing swap. First, you collect all the clothing prior to the swap. Second, you set up everything by sizes and styles. Keeping it organized makes it easier to see all the garments, pick through them and find the right size – making the experience more enjoyable for everyone.

If you want to have a little more fun, donate a portion of the fee to charity, or serve some drinks and snacks. And voilà, your friends get new clothing, for a tiny price tag, and you make a few dollars while also getting some new items!


4. Markets

There are lots of markets popping up around Metro Vancouver. If you and your friends feel like you’ve got a lot of clothes to sell and items that other people would love, why not set up your own booth at a market?

The benefit to selling at a market is setting your own prices and keeping all the profits from your clothing sales. You will have a lot of walk by traffic and a room filled with potential buyers. This has become a lot easier for the average person to do as mobile credit card payment apps have made selling clothing so much easier.

Of course, the downside to this is that there is usually a small fixed price for a booth space and there is a lot of set up that comes with prepping clothing for a market.

5. Traditional garage sales

Who said that the traditional garage sale was dead? I personally love a good sunny Saturday spent garage sale hunting. Garage sales are great because you get the full profits, you can sell more than just your clothes and will have a variety of customers show up. The downside there is a lot more work for you in terms of set up and, usually, garage sale prices are lower than online or consignment prices. You can advertise for your garage sale on posters, in the local newspaper and online (like Craigslist).

Good luck with selling your clothing and extending their life cycle!

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Barter Bay

Want to improve in your creative work? Don’t shy away from criticism.

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Everyone likes to be praised. But how many people like to have their weaknesses pointed out to them? It can be embarrassing, awkward, and upsetting. However, it can also be the most valuable tool for improvement.
Opening yourself up to receive feedback is hard.
Long ago, when I was 13 or 14, I used to design in my own bubble. At that time, I never thought of myself as a designer or a creative person, it was just something I did in my free time for myself. I would create digital collages and images, and put them in places that only I would see. I was afraid people would see them, and I was even more afraid that people would judge them.
I got my first experience designing for others when I joined the concert programme team in my school orchestra. We had to produce the programme booklet that introduced the orchestra and the songs we were playing. Someone had to play the role of artist. Reluctantly, I admitted that I knew a little about image editing, and so the job of designing the booklet’s cover fell to me.
Showing my first drafts to my peers and teachers was a harrowing experience. I was terrified that they would look at it and decide that I, as a person, wasn’t good enough for their expectations. I wasn’t able to separate my design from my identity.
The feedback itself wasn’t as bad as I imagined. But this feeling continued through my early design days when I dabbled in some design work here and there for school clubs and events. When someone criticized a certain aspect of my work, it left a bitter taste. I knew in my heart when my work wasn’t that good, and it was hard to have that acknowledged and made real by someone else. However, after having some time to pour over what they said, I found that I could usually produce a much better design, that I could be proud of.


Feedback on the not-so-great poster on the left for my school’s prom led me to create the series of posters on the right, which I still feel pretty good about today, 8 years on.

A culture of feedback
I had first-hand experience on the positive impact of creating a culture of feedback in my last year of undergrad studies, where I took a module on single camera production. The class had been split into groups of four to five people, and we were to film a four- to six- minute short film. We had to present our work-in-progress to the class every week: starting from as early in the process as the script, to the storyboard, to the parts in production. The whole class was to give feedback on each other’s work. The rule was to talk about one thing we liked about the work, before saying anything that we think could be improved. The presenting group was also encouraged to ask for specific feedback on parts of their own work that they weren’t sure about.
We found that the feedback really helped. In this safe space created, we were all of the understanding that the feedback was directed towards the work in order to make it better. It became easier to distance ourselves from the work and look at it critically by itself. Where were the parts that people liked, that we should keep? Where were the parts that were confusing? Were there parts that could have more impact? Did we convey what we wanted? The point was that it was not a blaming session, nor a session to point at people, but to look at the result of the week’s work and identify what we could do to make it better.
The good vibes in the class was fantastic, and extended even beyond class hours. While we were rushing our cuts in the lab during our free time, we would help each other out by asking for feedback on short segments. We could be sure that we were receiving honest responses. The results were amazing. With zero experience when we first came in, we produced what was, in my opinion, more-than-decent short films, in less than 2 months. Below is the film from my team.

Building the culture of feedback
From the time in my Masters’ study, agile coach Al Sinoy facilitated a 360 retrospective for one of my project teams. (Read about it here: We started by mapping out our team’s journey and milestones, then we took sticky notes and wrote how we felt at each stage. We used that to identify broad themes to improve on our processes, and put that into actions to perform going forward. Next, we went down to individual team members, and everyone in the team spoke up on what they thought the strengths of the person were, where they could improve, and ideas on how they could improve (very important!).
I found that the team retrospective is an incredibly useful tool to create a safe space for airing concerns and giving honest feedback, with the aim of improving the whole team. Recently, I conducted the same retrospective for my team over at Barter Bay, and it translated really well. Besides getting to know each other even better, and being aware of each other’s working styles, it also opened up the floor for feedback-giving even outside of team meetings.
The most important thing we got out of the retrospective was to establish the understanding that any criticism given is in good faith, with the aim of helping each other improve.

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Someone who is willing to spend the effort to give you constructive criticism is a gem — hold on to them tightly!!
Giving a word of praise is easy, and only takes a few seconds. What is much more valuable are people who are willing to really look through your work, think about it, and spend time to discuss with you the parts that they think are good, and the parts that they think can be improved. A hundred fans will make you feel good, but they won’t make you improve as much as one person who looks at your work critically.
I learnt this from interacting with a friend who is extremely proactive at learning new things. He is the one who got me interested in Illustrator and After Effects, while I got him interested in programming. We are always sharing our projects with each other, and giving feedback on what we honestly think. In the process, we inspire each other to try new things as well. It is very, very motivating and exciting.

It is only because of this friend that I learnt to make these super cute animated emojis, by re-drawing google emoticons from scratch in Illustrator, and then animating in Animate CC. And now, these illustration and animation skills have come into handy, earning me projects as a designer and an animator.
Giving good criticism is also very much a skill that is learnt with experience, and it also improves your own creative skills. From looking closely at others’ works, you will learn how to critically look at your own work. However, oftentimes it is still good to have a fresh eye looking at your work, because you may be so familiar with it that you’d be blind to its flaws — fellow UX designers would know that all too well!
Finally, know that it’s ok to not be perfect.
I’m not saying that I can completely isolate myself from my work when receiving feedback. When my team talks about parts of my design that they think can be improved, my first instinct is to be defensive. In fact, I often reject their suggestions at the onset. However, I take their words back to my desk, ponder over it, and often, I find that they are right, or that there is an even better solution. Other times, I find myself right, but the feedback is still useful as it forces me to think rationally on why I did things that way.
My takeaway message would be, it’s ok to admit to yourself that you’re not perfect. Feedback helps you to become a better version of yourself.

Article by: Jiesi Huang


49 ways to sell your old stuff for the most money


There’s no doubt about it, Americans have too much stuff.

Several years ago the Wall Street Journal reported that Americans spend $1.2 trillion annually on goods and services they don’t actually need. And according to the Orlando Sentinel, nearly one out of 10 American households rents a storage facility, costing anywhere from $125 a month to $165 a month. Of those who rent, 65% have a garage, 47% have an attic and 33% have a basement. Clearly, we have too much stuff!

If you have old items just collecting dust, why not turn them into some extra cash? Here are tips to sell old stuff for top dollar — including anything from furniture, to clothes, to accessories, to used electronics.

First, get organized

If you have a lot of stuff you want to sell, it can be overwhelming to think about how to sort it and figure out the best place to sell it.

A good rule of thumb: If you haven’t used or worn something in at least two years, that might be a clue you really don’t need it. Go through each item in your house and put it through the two-year test. Then, put all the items in a central location and sort them by category. Next, search the item online to get a good idea of how much it’s worth. After that, read on to discover the best place to sell it!

Online Marketplaces


You can’t talk about selling used items online and not mention eBay. The popular online marketplace was the forerunner of selling used merchandise on the Internet in the 1990s. To get started, create an account, list your items, upload pictures, and wallah! You have instant access to an online marketplace of over 160 million people.

But, due to eBay’s listing fees, which can be $.30 per item plus 10% of the sale price of the item, other players have gotten into the market of selling used merchandise online.

Bonanza is one such alternative.

Bonanza is structured similarly to eBay, but the cost for listing an item is a little bit less. According to its website, sellers pay 3.5% of an item sold under $500, and $17.50 plus 1.5% for an item over $500.

You can also send items you’re selling on Bonanza to Google shopping. The struggle for the newer site has been volume, however. Since eBay is more established, you might find the traffic outweighs the cost in deciding between the two.


Also, you might want to consider eBid. eBid is very similar to eBay in site design and auction-style selling. Plus, the fees are very competitive. According to the site, you’ll never pay more than 3% of an item’s final price.


Etsy is similar to eBay and Bonanza in that it is an online selling marketplace, but Etsy specializes in handcrafted items versus used items unless your items are considered “vintage” — 20 years or older.

To list an item, it’s $.20, and if your item sells, Etsy takes 3.5% of the sale price and 3% plus $.25 for payment processing. But, given the site retains 54 million members and 22.6 million shoppers, it has become a great place for artists and designers to sell and market their unique creations online. Check out the site’s vintage section here.


Did you know you can sell your old stuff on Facebook? Not only can you sell pretty much anything via the Facebook Marketplace, there are thousands of Facebook yardsale groups you can join in order to sell your used stuff online. (And, if you ever need to buy something in the future, this is another good place to look to get it for a good deal!)

Apps to sell just about anything

If you just want to sell something quickly, there are a few location-based smartphone apps that allow you to sell almost anything to people in your neighborhood! But, you’ll want to remember to abide by each app’s safety guidelines, especially if someone is coming to your home to take a look at what you’re selling.

Consignment stores

Following selling something on a site like eBay or through an app, consignment stores might be your next best bet. But, be advised that it could take the store a while to sell your items, if they sell, and can take as much as a 50% cut on your merchandise. But, they might be able to sell you items for more than you’d be able to sell them online, and it might be more convenient to let a consignment store sell them than going to the trouble of listing the items yourself. You’d just have to decide what works the best for you.


Craigslist can be a great place to sell something locally. But, you’ll need to be careful — Craigslist has become a hiding place for crooks and thieves — and even murderers. Many people have great success selling on Craigslist, but it is definitely an “at your own risk” activity. If you want to sell something, never accept or send a wire transfer, and always meet the buyer in a very public place, such as a busy gas station.

De-cluttering and selling used items can be overwhelming, but take it one step at a time. You’ll be overjoyed once you’ve gotten rid of old items you don’t really need. If you have items that didn’t quite sell, you could still donate them to a place like Goodwill and get a tax deduction on them. All in all, selling used stuff is a great way to live lighter and earn extra cash too!

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Download This App: Barter Bay takes the money (and stress) out of online selling

Download This App is an ongoing series that highlights the most life-changing apps that Vancouverites need to know about. Only on Daily Hive.


The app
Sometimes you’re in the mood for an upgrade. From appliances and furniture to miscellaneous items you’ve had lying around, there comes a time where you’d like it off your hands. Barter Bay is a new app that takes the act of trying to sell items online back to basics in a genius way: It removes money from the equation entirely.

Why it’s a big deal
If you’ve ever had to deal with the tiny hell that is selling on eBay, you’ll know why this is amazing. Packing an item, shipping it away, and waiting for your money to come to you through Paypal (minus their fees, of course) can take years off your life from the stress alone.

Barter Bay allows you to go back to the original form of buying and selling: Bartering. Instead of endlessly haggling over prices, or nervously meeting someone at a coffee shop with a wad of 20s in your pocket in exchange for a used iPad, you can trade your stuff for theirs. It’s simple, it’s elegant, and it makes the act of redecorating your home feel less like an episode of The Wire.

Let’s be real: None of us have any square footage to spare while living in Vancouver. So being smart about the items you buy (and how many of them you can hoard at once) is a top priority. And trading out your old items for something you need anyway is just smart.


Are you ready to barter?

How it works
This app keeps things simple, which is why we love it. To post an item of your own, you simply need to snap a picture of it and upload it to the Barter Bay app. It’ll be added to your Trading Deck, and then it’s time for you to go shopping for something that catches your eye.

You can browse for items by category and location, and search for specific items that have been on your mind. There’s a basic chat system for you to reach out to and barter (oh, now we get it!) with other users once you find something you like. Then it’s as simple as you two comparing your trading decks, agreeing on the items to swap, and meeting up to make the trade.

You can even track your items and transaction history just in case you lose track of all the hot deals you’re throwing down. No cash, no more Facebook Marketplace ghosting, and no more Craigslist. It’s time to bring the joy back into making deals with people in your city, and Barter Bay wants to lead the way.

Download this app
Barter Bay is proudly developed and based in Vancouver. Download it at the Google Play and iTunes stores today.

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Let’s get trading!

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