This year, one of my New Years resolutions was to live more simply. I have gotten pretty good at not buying stuff as much, but I still have a lot of “things” cluttering up my apartment.
One night at work a customer had given me what I believed to have been a backhanded compliment about my basic hair, and had told me about an app for Torontonians where you can trade services and goods for other services and goods, but money is not allowed to be used.
A few nights later, feeling overwhelmed by my stuff, I decided to download the app and see what the heck this lady was talking about.
Ok so seriously… The lady gave this app no justice – it’s the bee’s knees.
The app is called BUNZ. It’s a community where you can trade your belongings, and meet up with others to make the trade. People literally trade everything and anything. Bus tokens, giftcards, and alcohol seem to be really popular things that are traded. I have noticed a lot of great brandnames and a lot of unopened product, and I have even seen services such as hairdressing and photography on there. Of course, there are some odd things listed as well, but overall a lot of great finds.
I decided to give it a go!
I had always wanted a Polaroid camera since I was little. They’re very nostalgic for me. My father had one, which of course I was not allowed to play with. I remember how magical is was to see the photo slowly appear on the white square. It was so hard to refrain from touching them before they finished developing, and I would often try to shake them and sometimes I would get my fingerprints all over them.
I came across a guy on BUNZ who was willing to meet up and trade his gently used Polaroid camera for 6 bus tokens. SIX!!! It sounded too good to be true, but it was worth a shot and I sent him a message telling him I was interested. After a little communication, we had agreed to meet up at Eglinton West station a couple days later.
Long story short, I met up with the guy and it was a completely amazing experience. He was a really cool person, was very responsive to all my questions and messages, and even explained to me how to use his camera. We made the trade, and I was on my way.
This is the only trade I have ever made on BUNZ, but it went swell. I have been meaning to use it more, but just haven’t really gotten around to it.
However, after writing this post, I feel inspired to go and list some things on there!
BUNZ isn’t only just for trading things… People have discussions, and they have also just recently added apartment & job listings on there too. I should mention that BUNZ isn’t only exclusive to Toronto only, it also exists in Hamilton, Vancouver, Montreal, and New York!
Although this app is super-duper nifty; if you do decide to check it out and give it a go, make sure you STAY SAFE!
You can find me on BUNZ with the username: @blurse