Reuse Rendezvous

August 13 & 14, 2022 

Looking to declutter your home, garage or workplace? Give old household items a new life with the City of Nanaimo's annual city-wide swap meet!

Reuse Rendezvous is a community event to celebrate the Zero Waste principles of reuse and redistribution!  You know the old saying - One person's trash is another person's treasure.  As a redistributor or a bargain lover, your participation in Reuse Rendezvous helps keep usable goods out of the landfill and reduces the need for production of brand new goods.

Redistributors – Find a match for your unwanted-but-usable household goods.

  • Mark the item with a “FREE” tag.
  • By Saturday morning, set your items at your curb - Please do not block sidewalks or bike paths.
  • Watch out for the weather! Sun is in the forecast, but keep an eye out on your items so they don't get ruined by rain or blown away by the wind.
  • Feel good over the weekend as you watch your items find a new home.
  • Bring back any unwanted items by Monday, August 15 - The City will NOT be collecting these items.

Bargain Lovers – Join in by searching the city for marked free items you can take home and reuse.

  • Search for treasures in your neighbourhood, or explore other areas of the city. 
    • Be Zero Waste conscious - Only take items you can put to use.
  • Stay safe when searching for bargains:
    • Slow down and watch for children.
    • Park carefully - Please do not block roadways, sidewalks or bike paths; turn off your vehicle.
    • Obey traffic signs and speed limits.Reuse Rendezvous items marked free

Nanaimo Recycles Trunk Sale

2022's sale was a great success - thanks to everyone who participated!

The sale consists of vendors selling their unwanted items from the trunk of their car to bargain hunters. This free reuse event aims to give unwanted household items a longer lease on life and to reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill.

This sale is intended to promote reuse and recycling of unwanted “garage sale” type items. No retail-type booths or sale of new items will be permitted. The only new items permitted for sale are items made from recycled materials.

Watch for 2023 dates here. It is free entry for sellers by advance registration. 100 vendor spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Vendors can view instructions and reserve a space (once 2023 dates are announced) by sending an email to 

Shoppers be sure to bring your reusable bags! View the poster!trunk sale 2022

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Zero Waste 250-756-5390
Monday to Friday | 8:00 - 4:30

Last updated: July 26, 2022

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