Outdoor gear consignment store opening soon in Ballard

Ballard is about to get a new outdoor gear consignment shop, called Wonderland Gear Exchange, going in at 7750 15th Ave. But before they can launch, they’re collecting inventory, so they’re hosting several consignment events for people to drop off their used outdoor gear to sell.

The founders, Ben Mawhinney, and Nate Seiberling, are two friends who hatched the idea on a “long, snowy car ride from Seattle to Stanley, Idaho”. Their goals are threefold: to keep clothes from ending up in a landfill, to make outdoor gear cheaper for everyone, and to broaden the outdoor community.

Their first consignor event is coming up this weekend, from Friday to Sunday (Oct. 5-7), where they’ll be accepting winter gear. Monday, Oct. 8 is the Ballard Neighbor event , where they’ll accept gear for all “trails activities, snow sports, biking and water sports.” On Tuesday the 9th, they’ll be accepting kids gear, and Wednesday the 10th is for members of outdoor nonprofits.

They say they’ll accept modern gear and clothing (less than five years old) in good condition, or “if it has some cool, retro appeal (typically clothing)”. Gear they can’t accept include helmets, climbing ropes, avalanche safety/rescue equipment, or other life-saving/protecting gear. Rock climbing protection (cams, nuts, carabiners, harnesses) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Wonderland’s consignment fees depend on the price of the item; click here for a full breakdown. However, for this first round of gear collecting, they’re offering a higher consignment rate of 70 percent or more to participants.

Nate and Ben say they hope to open for business in late October. To learn more about Wonderland or the upcoming gear drop-offs, click here.

 

 

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Ben Mawhinney
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Ben Mawhinney

Thrilled to be joining the local business community! Thanks, My Ballard!

In before Guest
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In before Guest

Can they loan clothes to junkies and hobos?

hayduke
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hayduke

Well, now when we get our outdoor gear stolen by thieving junkies, we’ll know where to go find it.

Jeff Gordon
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Jeff Gordon

Great, exactly what we need, tons of cheap tents available. They should check to make sure somoene has an active utility bill to sell them one.

Asymmetrical Cultural Saboteur Professor
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Asymmetrical Cultural Saboteur Professor

How about a sex offender registry “do not sell to” list for tents? Would be more productive.

Iceman Cometh
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Iceman Cometh

Let’s crowdfund a K2 expedition for our City Council and their pet junkie hobos!

hayduke
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hayduke

What’s that game called my kid likes to play? “Cut the rope?”

Andrew Daisuke
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Andrew Daisuke

I guess Urban Strength and Conditioning didn’t make it?

Hobo neighbor
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Hobo neighbor

Good effing guess instein!

Andrew Daisuke
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Andrew Daisuke

“Einstein” get your attempted put downs right, moron.

Nope, they’re still open, talked to one of the guys that works there, said they’re looking for a new space, but currently running only personal training.

Stronk
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Stronk

Careful, Andrew sounds like he does Crossfit.
They’re known for being touchy about form.

Mike Obriens dealer.
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Mike Obriens dealer.

Junkie hobos of seattle Unite the Right and take over!

Ballard Eater
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Ballard Eater

You’ve modified lyrics of a Smiths’ song for this post. I need the Irrelevant Elephant!

Irreverent Sediment
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Irreverent Sediment

Hello. Your post isn’t espousing the principles of social justice.
Therefore, irreverent.

Social Justice Warlord
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Social Justice Warlord

Did someone call my name? Are you being microaggressed? Do you need a hug? Can I virtue signal something for you?

Leslie
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Leslie

Contact your Mayor and City Council regarding the colossal mess of our homeless problem. This new business benefits the community for cool finds and discounts on outdoor gear. They did not cause the homeless issues.
Welcome, Wonderland.

Sean “Legroom” Holly
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Sean “Legroom” Holly

Cute!

Lampchop
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Lampchop

LOLOLOL “Gear” for fat tech boys who drive to bars.

Tree Hugger
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Tree Hugger

Do they sell cougar spray? They’ve gone pretty crazy in the Seattle area attacking anyone who supports due process. It’s very puzzling behavior and might be due to global warming or perhaps some chemicals in the food or water they’re eating.

Ann S.
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Ann S.

Maybe the store could be called “The Glove Zone”, as a nod the tenants before the gym….

Gee
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Gee

Walked in today. Awesome dudes, passionate and will be a great resource for the community!