Nanaimo Recycles Trunk Sale

Stop by VIU's Parking Lot A from 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday, August 26 for the second and final Trunk Sale of the season! 

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.

This year we will be holding TWO Trunk Sale Events. The first event will be on June 24, 2023 at the Country Club Centre from 9:00am - 2:00pm. The second event will be held on August 26, 2023 at the Vancouver Island University in Lot A from 9:00am - 2:00pm. 

It is free entry for sellers by advance registration. 150 vendor spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sellers can reserve a space by sending an email to with the subject line: 2023 Trunk Sale Registration. Deadline for applications is 3:00pm the Friday before the sale (June 23 and August 25).

Buyers be sure to bring your reusable bags! 

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Reuse Rendezvous

July 22 - 23, 2023 

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, July 24 - 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

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Last updated: August 22, 2023

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