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UsedfulNews: Sponsored content in News in Nanaimo Area is celebrating 20 years of being a local legend
20 years of buying, selling and supporting local communities is celebrating 20 years of being a local legend image

Happy 20th birthday to us!

Can you believe it’s been 20 years since our humble beginnings in 2003 when two Vancouver-based entrepreneurs created an online classified called They wanted to provide a safer, easier, more community-minded way to keep useful items out of the landfill. We’ve grown from one site to more than 90 community sites collectively named We’re proud to call Victoria, BC, our home – where our HQ has been located since 2007. We’re even prouder to be a local legend in the communities we serve.

Literally local

Unlike some mega marketplaces from the US, we’re local. We’re here in your community, and to date we have provided more than $5 million in advertising support to 200 non-profit events annually. So, when you browse, buy and sell on, you are helping to support these vital community non-profit organizations. 

Speaking of supporting our community, did you know that we employ 14 people? That’s right, despite what some folks may think, we’re not just two guys in a basement suite near UVic. We have a team of in-house software developers, advertising sales experts, user support and marketing teams – all working hard to bring you the best experience with  

With over 1.5 million monthly users, it’s no surprise that we’re a local legend. Victoria is home to our most popular site,, where we’re commonly known (and loved!) as UsedVic or simply “Used,” and we couldn’t be happier about it. But our reach is bigger than most people realize – we have sites right across Canada, in the UK and even one site in New Zealand called (it will look very familiar, but green!). Admittedly, we’re most popular here on Vancouver Island where everyone embraces small local brands over mega corporations.

What’s a party without gifts?

To celebrate our anniversary – we’re giving our loyal users the gifts! We’re running year-long giveaways and contests on our socials – please join in the fun! To start, every Monday, you can play the Used Price is Right game – for a chance to a win gift card to a local eater or pub. Then on Wednesdays, take a guess at what the mystery item could be in a round of What‘s this?! for your shot at winning donuts from the legendary Empire Donuts! Follow us on Instagram, TikTok and Facebook to participate.

For our valued local business advertisers, we’re offering DEEP discounts on limited-edition packages to help you reach your customers – contact one of our account representatives to find out more.

Thank you, thank you very much

We want to thank our users and advertising customers for making the past 20 years possible. We’re looking forward to many more years of connecting our community through buying and selling. Here’s to the next 20 years!

Cheers from the small (but mighty!) team at
Lacey, Gina, Marissa, Carly, Vickie, Doug, Kris, Nathan, Scott, Jimmy, Ilya, Mark, Maria and Jack

PS – a special shout out to all the Alumni who no longer work here, but made a lasting impact and are still our biggest fans

*To see a timeline of our evolution, click here