10 Surprising Things Everyone’s Buying From Walmart During Lockdown
It’s not just toilet paper that’s flying off the shelves these days. Check out some of the top-selling items from Walmart.ca since the lockdown began.
The Top-Selling Puzzle on Walmart.ca
It’s no surprise that jigsaw puzzles have been a hot ticket item during the lockdown. What is surprising, however, is just how popular this particular Walmart.ca puzzle has proven, with sales increasing more than 18,000% year over year. The colourful depiction of a consummately Canadian scene—complete with moose and maple leaves in abundance—presents an irresistible challenge for puzzlers across the country.
Canadian Hockey Jigsaw Puzzle, $20, Walmart Canada
The Top-Selling Toy
If you don’t have the Step2 Game Time Sports Climber in your backyard, chances are your neighbours do. Boasting a slide, basketball hoop, and crawl-through space, it’s the next best thing to the local park. An added bonus, the built-in scoreboard means mom and dad are off the hook as scorekeepers. #winning
Step2 Game Time Sports Climber, $108, Walmart Canada
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The Top-Selling Sports Item
As many Canadian parents quickly discovered, cabin fever sets in quickly during self-quarantine. Judging from its sales—which rose 3,000% over last year—they also seem to have discovered this portable basketball system, which is the perfect (outdoor!) outlet for energetic kids and teens alike.
Lifetime 46″ Courtside Portable Basketball System, $300, Walmart Canada
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The Top-Selling Exercise Item
Self-isolation has prompted Canadians to explore different ways of staying active. For many, that meant investing in Walmart’s ProGear 225 Upright Bike, which increased in sales nearly 2,000% year over year. Between the entry-level price point and foldable design that makes it perfect for small spaces, it’s been the go-to option for quarantine cardio.
ProGear 225 Foldable Magnetic Upright Bike with Heart Pulse, $200, Walmart Canada
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The Top-Selling Office Furniture
For millions of Canadians, the lockdown meant a transition to working from home—and a scramble to carve out some semblance of a home office. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that sales of this sleek computer desk rose 245% over last year. Versatile and compact (it has a depth of just 20 inches), it’s ideal for cramped quarters, and can easily be repurposed as a front hall console once quarantine’s over.
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The Top-Selling Item in Wheeled Goods
An adult bike priced at under $100!? Apparently, the rest of Canada couldn’t resist the bargain either, and sales of the Movelo Algonquin women’s mountain bike have soared 500% over last year. The 18-speed bike has proven a popular option for fresh air and exercise when the walls feel like they’re closing in.
Movelo Algonquin 26″ Women’s Mountain Bike, $98, Walmart Canada
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The Top-Selling Item in Outdoor Play
By the end of the lockdown, an entire generation of Canadian children should have mastered the art of the double flip. At least that’s what you might expect, given the fact that Walmart’s sales of this backyard trampoline have leapt 450% over last year.
Skywalker Trampolines 15′ Blue Round Trampoline And Enclosure, $400, Walmart Canada
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The Top-Selling Stand Mixer
Two clues that Canadians are baking like they’ve never baked before: a widespread shortage of flour, and a 500% increase in year-over-year sales of this iconic countertop appliance. The KitchenAid Stand Mixer has long been a staple of wedding registries, but it’s become even more essential in quarantine, as Canadians have newfound time to get creative in the kitchen.
KitchenAid Artisan Mini Stand Mixer, $249, Walmart Canada
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The Top-Selling Bakeware
Exactly what are Canadians baking in quarantine? If this top-selling bakeware is any indication, cakes. Lots and lots of cakes. With the rise in popularity of springform pans, will flawlessly smooth round layer cakes finally dethrone bundt cakes as the default from-scratch dessert? Only time will tell.
T-Fal Signature Non Stick Springform Pan set of 3, $26, Walmart Canada
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The Top-Selling Item in Pool and Spa
When you think about it, there’s never been a better time to install a backyard swimming pool than the current lockdown. Not only will you actually have the time to enjoy your new splash pad, but you’ve also got the perfect excuse *not* to have the entire neighbourhood over for a dip.
Summer Waves Elite 16′ x 32′ Rectangular 52″ Deep Above Ground Metal Frame Swimming Pool, $1,800, Walmart Canada
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