Canadians look to thrifting as pandemic hobby in 2022, says survey

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Canadians have a new pandemic hobby to start the new year.

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According to Google Trends, thrifting has seen a 102.6% increase in online searches across the country in a month-over-month comparison.

Thrifting — seeking items for good prices at flea markets, garage sales and thrift shops — is seen as an eco-friendly and affordable hobby.

The finding was included in a survey commissioned by , which bills itself as a global site specializing in do-it-yourself projects and tutorials in home design, fashion, and crafts.

The site sought to compare the interest in hobbies for 30 days at the end of November and start of December 2021 to a 30-day period at the end of December 2021 and start of January 2022.

The survey also found there was a more than 50% increase in blogging, and a nearly 47%  jump in bird watching. Zumba fitness classes (36.2%) and board games (30%) rounded out the top five interests for the new year.

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A list of 50 of the most common and popular hobbies was created using various crafting and lifestyle websites.

Other activities that saw a jump in interest over the same timeframe include needlework, travelling, rugby, martial arts, and arts and crafts.

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