Is Your Vintage Worth It? How to choose the best items for swapping

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Hey, I’m Delicia from Bundlehub. Just wanted to help you decide which items are worth posting. Right now it’s cool to have vintage stuff. People think you’re creative.

If you’re reading this you probably have a bunch of things that look interesting but don’t amuse you. But making arrangements for having a truck pick it up, or dragging them to the vintage store are both annoying. You may also just trash them. I’ve done it. But if I could get something in return instead of just having less clutter, I would. Most people would. We like presents and ordering delivery.

Here are 4 ways to judge most vintage items (especially furniture, jewelry, devices or clothing):

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Metal should smell like metal, and anything with fabric, like detergent. Please avoid this – most of us aren’t really into that sort of energy exchange!

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Smartphone or professional camera will do fine, with a little care.

Spend a few minutes this week and snap a few. The pros wait until the lighting is right and place an intricately knitted shirt near the window on a wooden table – which someone probably gave them years ago – and lean whichever way. Brighten and refine as needed.

There is also the enhancement tool on most devices that you can use, if you’re afraid you’ll sunburn it! Use natural lighting to skip this step or just tap the brightness bar / key once and pause, then again. It won’t take more than 3/4 taps, because I know you didn’t take the pictures at night with a small lamp on :)

It’s easy – just think about what pictures you would want to see.

Clean, well presented, natural tones, contrasting with the background. Like Pinterest. Or if you’re not in love with Pinterest…

Think of it as the best new stock photo, but only give yourself five minutes. It’s easier to pull off a genuine but not super e-commerce image this way. People like that, especially the people with cool vintage stuff, that you’ve been wanting.

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We are motivated to help others, but we are lazy. It’s okay. A vintage that loses no vintage after the rinse cycle or scrub down is pretty desirable. Include directions for cleaning your gem.

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Comfort doesn’t always help you achieve your goals but in this case you’re fully entitled. Life should be as easy as possible. You’ve got some great reliability if you’re reading this anyway.

Now they key grounds are covered. The better you prepare to give, the greater the return.

Most of us have a few things that we know are cool but don’t care about, but if we’re surrounded by slanted furniture, crumpled clothes, or fuzzy dark photos, we’re going to care even less.

This includes the people with the phone case they never used, but you really wanted. But they bought the last one in stock on Amazon, and you hated them. But you won’t even know unless they tell you, and it won’t matter because it’s free now.

Sometimes you do have to throw things out, but if it isn’t not broken, examine and upload. You’ll just be visiting (new name) for gifts. Or browsing. Do whatever pleases you.

We want to reach the world at some point. As we continue, others will see these happy people popping around town. They’ll wonder what’s wrong with you until they find out. Maybe you’ll tell them, or someone else will. Or social media does.

If you love my vintage jeans and live next door, or you’re Skying me from overseas, it’s the same. Especially if you keep looking.

What about that old clock you don’t plan on touching with more than a duster? Most of us have a gem hidden somewhere.

WHY have we been silent?

We’ve spent most of our time from December to March listening to user feedback. Wastegate’s cryptogamic-beings have been initiating some tweaks and fixes in the app, while in the meantime, we’re re-structuring our messaging and staffing. Yup! Working on IPhone app and we can give a sneak peak on Test Flight. We’re looking to find 12 persons for a pilot with us (and get some extra special hands on support for our team). Want to help? Know anyone? You can always reach me on Few quick points:

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– Thikshan

What Do We Value?

We all have things that we value; for some it’s old photos, and for others its teddy bears from our childhoods. Sometimes values fluctuate with time, however, whether in economic standards or our own sentimental feelings.

For me, movie tickets have always been highly valuable. I’ve collected and saved all the movie tickets that I’ve bought since high school; to me they aren’t just pieces of paper: they’re memories of good times with good friends, the same friends who have left the city for school. Although to some this may seem strange, it’s a way for me to reminisce and feel nostalgia.


Of course, this goes to show just how “value” can be subjective. Every item has value, though it may vary in different eyes. As a swapping system, WasteGate can thus help people find the things that they find valuable while ridding themselves of what they see no value in.

WasteGate has another more important purpose, however: preserving the natural value of our environment. Between mountainous landfills across the globe and literal islands of trash choking the oceans, the Earth’s environment is in grave danger. Thankfully, countless people around the world, especially of our millennial generation, are willing to fight for the planet, as shown by the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21st. WasteGate seeks to help protect the environment, as well, but on a deeper level than many of the march’s supporters.

With the major waste crisis of today, reuse and recycling of goods is a small but vital step in the right direction. WasteGate has internalized the principles of waste reduction by seeking to reuse and repurpose whatever possible, at the same time echoing the timeless saying that one person’s trash is another’s treasure. So it truly acts as a double-edged sword: items are prevented from becoming waste, and people can always find the things that they value in life.

-Calvin and WasteGate Staff

Moving Places

It is often said that the average person moves approximately 3 to 4 times over the course of their life. These are not just small shifts, either, but major changes in location and in lifestyle. If anyone were qualified to really discuss what it’s like to move, they would probably be like me.

At the young age of ten, my family packed up their life and decided to move from one side of the world to the other: Sri Lanka to New Jersey. Sure, it was quite a distance and distract change, but that wasn’t the only move my family has made; just a few years ago we moved again, this time only across town. Though it may look easy, it’s absolutely not. Furniture, clothes, shoes, and everything you own has to move; not to mention you’re forced to change parts of your life!


Photos like this are what make moving appear easy and fun: people smiling as they carry a seemingly weightless piece of furniture up stairs. In reality when you move the luggage and furniture is never light. Not to mention it could be a hot summer day and you’ll find yourself sweating, or maybe it’s the dead of winter and you’re bundled up tight.

That’s why it’s common practice for most people to leave their furniture and other goods behind; thinking it valueless many leave their furniture on the sidewalk to be taken for free. What most people don’t realize is that even most used furniture as a value. If people simply chose to swap their used furniture on WasteGate, they could end up with goods they may want for their new home! At the same time, people who still live in the area can improve their homes with “new” furniture. It’s a win-win for everyone, and another way that WasteGate can make life easy while engaging in good social and environmental practices.

-Vinoli and WasteGate Staff

WasteGate and the City

New York City produces approximately 12 tons of trash a day, and that’s only accounting for residential and not commercial waste. I can’t even begin to imagine what that amount looks like; one nightmarish vision is of Central Park’s Sheep Meadow covered entirely in trash bags. It’d be extremely unpleasant to play a friendly game of Frisbee or sunbathe amidst heaping mounds of rotting, stinking garbage. However, something tells me a majority of this “trash” isn’t rotting food and used tissues, but reusable or recyclable goods that people want to get rid of.

I can relate to the need. I went through a very dramatic experience trying to sell my sofa bed on Craigslist. I found myself constantly being forced to reduce the price every hour until my posting eventual became “FREE SOFA BED PLEASE PLEASE TAKE IT AWAY”. I even found myself posting angry rants about the sofa on my Facebook page. Okay, maybe it wasn’t that dramatic but it felt so at the time.

Eventually, my neighborhood bar friends helped me carry it out and deposit it on the curb like a good New Yorker (thank you bartenders of defunct bar on Allen and Houston). Don’t get me wrong, I love Craigslist, but the people of New York need a better option for getting rid of their junk, possibly even exchanging their junk with others. If you feel the same way, be sure to check out WasteGate, a free service that lets you swap your unwanted goods for other users’ items.

WasteGate is currently in beta testing; visit or email to test drive the site!

-Paulina and WasteGate Staff