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Bunz, the Canadian-born app that’s spawning a community-driven movement across Canada, is picking up steam in Vancouver.
The Toronto-based start-up, based on a collection of Facebook groups, has now amassed 100,000 members in over 250 cities around the world.
At the core of the Bunz concept is bartering, the simple cash-free exchanging of one thing for another. And, Bunz have swapped everything from the practical to the bizarre; houseplants, haircuts, and leftovers, to resume editing, tattoos, and sex toys.
In Vancouver, one Bunz member leading the charge is Jill Rusaw. She’s a recent transplant to the city from Toronto and she’s trying to get to know the city better one trade at a time.
The self-appointed challenge is simple: complete 50 Bunz trades in 50 days. She has a list of “ISOs” (things and services she’s “In Search Of”), and a number of items up for trade on her profile.
Of her time on Bunz, Jill says, “I feel like being a Bunz makes me a more socially conscious individual, and has taught me so much.”
So far, she’s done a trade every day since January 10 and has no end in sight. Bunz has helped her discover her city and meet a ton of new people. “I am normally a very socially anxious person, however it’s never been a factor that holds me back when it comes time to make a trade. I know I have nothing to worry about when meeting a Bunz because, well, they’re a Bunz and that alone makes me feel kindred with that stranger.”
2/50. Trades:3 What a start! This is what you can get in exchange for a necklace, essential oil sprays,a bralette a DVD and some beers! I met three awesome bunz! And met three lovely humans who witnessed my first trade and asked me what I was up to!?! I held nothing back when it came to explaining @bunzcity and now Vancouver has three new bunz and I have a coffee date and book exchange scheduled for next week with some wonderful humans! #jillofallbunztrades #lifebeginsat30 #bunzlife #vancouverisawesome #bunzvancouver #bunzvancity
Keep up with Jill’s trades as she makes her way through this ongoing project, by following her on Bunz and Instagram, where she’s using the hashtag #JillOfAllBunzTrades