Techvibes 2014 Startup of the Year VarageSale has just launched 24 new Ontario communities and now covers the entire Toronto and Ottawa areas and nearly all of Ontario.
Toronto-based VarageSale is a free social marketplace app that allows families to buy and sell affordable secondhand items in their neighbourhoods.
Millions of members in local, family friendly communities across the U.S., Canada and around the globe use VarageSale for free.
To celebrate, VarageSale is partnering with First Book Canada starting July 22 to provide books to local schools in the new communities and surveyed 500 Ontario parents on their shopping and budgeting habits.
VarageSale was founded by a elementary teacher Tami Zuckerman, so the company makes helping kids in need a priority. Starting July 22, when each new community adds 1,500 new members, VarageSale will donate $2,500 Marketplace grants to schools in that community through First Book Canada.
Almost 25% of households in Canada don’t have a single book in their home, and the donated money will provide 625 new books to schools in each local community.
Zuckerman was buying and selling items locally while pregnant with her son. She convinced her programmer husband, Carl Mercier, to create a user friendly mobile app that offered a better user experience than existing classifieds sites or social networks.
VarageSale launched in 2012 and earlier this year raised $34 million in Series B funding from Sequoia Capital and Lightspeed Venture Partners.
Photo: Financial Post