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Canadians love junk

Have you ever rescued furniture from the curb? Forty percent of Canadians report they have salvaged curbside castoffs.

Have you ever rescued furniture from the curb? Forty percent of Canadians report they have salvaged curbside castoffs. This was one of many findings about Canadians "junk habits" revealed in an  survey of 1,600 nationwide respondents, ages 18 to 65, conducted for HGTV by Vision Critical.

The survey revealed that while many of us get rid of unwanted furniture by donating to family or charity, one in five respondents said they just leave it at the curb.

This survey was commissioned leading up to the premiere of HGTV's Junk Brothers, a new series that follows the adventures of two Ottawa-based brothers as they rescue and transform curbside castoffs into one-of-a-kind furnishings.

The survey results also revealed 35 percent of all respondents occasionally attend garage sales, and 73 percent of those that pick up from the curb report that furniture is the most popular item to salvage.

Interestingly, from that men (42 percent) are more inclined to have salvaged "junk" than women (38 percent), while women are more likely to frequent garage sales.