Most Montrealers who are into shopping remember the early days of online marketplaces like eBay and Alibaba, where items sold by independent sellers were scarce or highly expensive. As the e-commerce phenomenon grew in the early 2000s, Kijiji established itself as "Canada's largest classifieds site," with over 16 million monthly users.
An easy place to buy, sell or swap used items, it's also a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way of shopping in Quebec.
We've rounded up nine of the weirdest, kitschiest and most obscure items you can find on Kijiji in Montreal right now.
Always take precautions when picking up your items from sellers — and remember to wear a mask and practice public health protocols!
A vintage 7UP push barKijiji
Why You Need To Buy It: Attach this push bar to your front door and you can feel like you've been transported to a 1960s depanneur.
This creepy art from the 1900sKijiji
Why You Need To Buy It: Are you into historical art? This painting of three ladies, apparently made by Pauline Vallayer-Moutet, was supposedly bought in France in the early 1900s.
The "Rolls-Royce" of accordionsKijiji
Why You Need To Buy It: According to the website, Settimio Soprani accordions are the "Rolls-Royce Of All Accordions." Considering the company's long history dating back to 18th century Italy, it makes sense that they would have perfected the art. With lockdown extended in Montreal, it's the perfect time to learn how to play a new, weird instrument.
An Etch a SketchKijiji
Why You Need To Buy It: If you were born any time after 1960, you definitely remember using an Etch A Sketch. It's the better alternative to drawing on paper — you get to use knobs instead!
Air conditioner knobsKijiji
Why You Need To Buy It: It's unclear what these knobs do, but if your air conditioner is missing the same ones, you can get these for just a few bucks.
A 4-litre glass jarKijiji
Why You Need To Buy It: You can find glass jars in most stores, but if you like this glass jar, in particular, you can find it on Kijiji for a low price.
A sleep sheepKijiji
Why You Need To Buy It: This cute sheep plays relaxing sleepytime sounds — perfect for your newborn or even for yourself if you enjoy nighttime lullabies. And who could blame you right now? It's machine washable, so make sure you wash it before using it!
This collection of Yu-Gi-Oh! cardsKijiji
Why You Need To Buy It: If you're into Yu-Gi-Oh, the popular 90s anime series turned trading card game, this collection of approximately 150 cards has you covered — and for a low price!
The services of this clairvoyantKijiji
Why You Need To Buy It: If you believe in the paranormal and the metaphysical, you can enlist the services of this clairvoyant expert, who says he has 40 years of experience and multiple Quebec TV shows and films to his name.