1. What is Secondhand Sunday?

    ​Secondhand Sunday (SHS) is a community reuse day held the last Sunday of April and September. It’s your chance to get rid of unwanted, reusable items laying around your home. You simply leave them at the curb for your neighbours to take for free. Then, get in on the action and hunt for what you may need.


  2. Why was Secondhand Sunday started and when does it happen?

    The primary goal of SHS is to reduce our collective ecological footprint by providing opportunities for neighbours to share reusable goods with each other. Secondhand Sunday also aims to connect local charities with items that they may need. The event provides a fun opportunity for neighbours to meet each other face-to-face. Secondhand Sunday takes place the last Sunday of April and September every year. For 2017, the dates are April 30, and September 24.
  3. What happens when the scheduled dates coincide with Passover or other religious holidays?

    Our organizing team decided early on to promote biannual events that take place on the last Sunday of April and September every year. We're aware that there may be scheduling conflicts in some years, but we hope that the event's regularity will facilitate its expansion and ongoing self-sufficiency. If religious or other commitments prevent you from participating in a certain Secondhand Sunday, the good news is there will be another in just a few months!

  4. How does Secondhand Sunday work?

    The last Sunday of April and September, you simply place any unwanted but still usable items at the curb in front of your home by 9am. Please contact us so that we can send you a Secondhand Sunday sign to place beside your items.

    Once your items are on the curb, that's the big job done! You're welcome to take a walk through the area and see what else is out there - maybe you'll meet some of your neighbours or even find some new-to-you treasures. 

    ​After 2pm, we ask that you collect any items still left on your curb and either keep them, or donate them to an appropriate charity or second-hand shop. We will also have volunteers circulating, looking for specific items as requested by area shelters - but bear in mind that we're unable to collect all leftover items.

  5. Does Secondhand Sunday partner with any local charitable organizations?

    We do! For the Spring 2016 event, we've reached out to The Stop Community Food Centre, Wychwood Open Door, Na-Me-Res, St. Clair West Services for Seniors, and YWCA Arise Shelter for Women. On Secondhand Sunday, our volunteers will be looking for specific items as requested by these organizations. You can see a full list of the items we'll be looking for here.

  6. Where does Secondhand Sunday take place?

    The April 30, 2017 Secondhand Sunday event will take place in neighbourhoods across the City of Toronto.

  7. What if I am the only person on my street who knows about Secondhand Sunday?

    Everyone is welcome to participate in Secondhand Sunday. All it takes is a few people on your street to make the event a  success! Feel free to contact us so that we can send you promotional signs to share with your neighbours.

  8. What if it rains on Secondhand Sunday?

    If it's raining heavily, we'll move the event to the following Sunday (in this case, May 7). If in doubt, keep an eye on our social media channels! (Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.)

  9. How can I help spread the word about Secondhand Sunday?

    One really easy way is to invite your friends and family to the Facebook event. While you're at it, you can also follow us - and invite others to do so - on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And if you'd like some postcards and flyers to distribute in your area, get in touch here!

  10. How can I get involved with Secondhand Sunday? I want to help!

    We are always looking for volunteers to help bring the event to neighbourhoods across the city. If you'd like to help, please send us an email!

  11. Who is behind Secondhand Sunday?

    Secondhand Sunday is run by a small team of volunteers,

  12. My question isn't answered here. How can I get in touch?

    We'd love to address any other questions or concerns you might have. You can send us an email here.

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