Two Pals With A Plan
Our names are Nate and Ben. We don't usually have mustaches, but we like that they make our adventure buddies laugh, especially when we're having some Type II Fun. Wonderland Gear Exchange is a passion project for us that began, like some good ideas, on a long snowy car ride from Seattle to Stanley, Idaho. That trip led to countless planning sessions at the kitchen table, opportunities to hear the stories behind similar shops around the country, and generally learning that an idea is a lot easier than a plan. Despite the obstacles, we believe deeply in the three principals below, and we are eager to keep working hard to make this the kind of used gear store that the Seattle community deserves.
1. Keep gear in the wild, and out of the landfill
We believe outdoor gear should be used until it’s threadbare or at least 50% duct tape. But, sometimes you need something different; and, every now and then, you need something new. If you have gear you aren't using, don't let it sit in your closet: consign it. Then, put your consignment earnings towards your next trip or (hopefully used) gear purchase.
2. Make adventures cheaper & easier
Outdoor gear is expensive, particularly for newcomers to an activity who might not know where to start or what to buy. We want to reduce the financial barrier to entry by offering quality used gear and expert advice for both first-timers and long-timers alike.
3. Broaden the outdoor community
We're lucky to be joining an already-incredible outdoor community in the PNW, but there's room for growth. We want Wonderland Gear Exchange to be a place where you and others who enjoy spending time outside will find what you need, learn new skills, and connect about your happy places in the wild.