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March 3, 2011

A Barter or Trade Experiment

Filed under: Inspiration,Thrifty Finds — Laura R @ 6:18 PM

Have you heard the story about One Red Paperclip?

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I won’t retell it here  (an abbreviated slightly opinionated version can be found here)  but it begins with a young guy who decided to trade one red paperclip for something else,  preferably better or more valued to him,  and then trade whatever he received for something else again and again, on and on, until he was satisfied with what he had.  Along the way he fell in love, wrote a book, made some videos, was interviewed by a whole lotta people, and became the owner of a house in a small town in Canada.

In case you are wondering, he does not live in the famous paperclip house today.

Recently two thrifty bloggers got the idea to recreate Kyle’s One Red Paperclip experiment to see how far it can be taken in a month or two.
Selena (ATG) and Amy (of Thrifty Chicks) share the “rules”
and their past experiences with trading and bartering.

The idea is to make an exchange without a recognized form of currency (aka money.)  And to keep us all involved with each other’s progress there will be a linkup each Friday on ATG.
You do not have to make trades within the linked up bloggers, but you can.
You can trade in person or by mail or however you decide to do it.

One way to join in is to make a wish list of the type of things you are interested in receiving.
No dream is too large.
Another thing you can do is blog about things you are willing to offer, things you have to trade.  They do not have to be tangible things. 
Do you have a talent or skill?  Are you good at making arrangements and making things happen?
 A trade can be made of anything of value: an action, an object, an idea.

The further we spread the word and the more people we get involved, the more fun I believe it will be.

Personally I am going to start by trading only within the U.S.  just to keep mailing costs down.  I may change that as time goes on or if I see something offered that I can not stop myself from desiring. (Yes, I am fickle.)

Things that I am interested in trading for include:
old keys, skeleton keys, any unusual older key
art supplies, buttons, old needle packets,
things related to giant breed dogs,
tarot cards,  a nice crystal ball,
dog or cat themed artwork (even posters), 
or postcards
and a small size refrigerator.

Oh I really have to give this more thought.

I will have to get together pictures of things I have to offer.

I have:
a lot of wonderful, slightly used baby clothing, all seasons, styles,  M or F
a wide variety of beanie babies and other stuffed animals
several boxes of stick pens
old magazines and craft leaflets
vintage sewing  patterns
holiday decorations
mens shoes

I will work on getting photos and making a post this weekend.

If you are interested in anything I have mentioned, or have anything you want to trade off, leave me a comment or email me. You can get my address from my about me page.

I have changed the items on my lists several times already,  so who knows what I will eventually post.  Please come back and look. 

Since Farm folk are creative thinkers and know how to trade time, talents and excess necessities  I am linking to Farm Friend Friday as well.

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  1. I enjoyed your visit today. That is an interesting story about the fellow and the red paper clip.

    Comment by LaVoice — March 3, 2011 @ 6:51 PM

  2. Very interesting, I’ll be curious to see how this works out for you:@)

    Comment by Happier Than A Pig in Mud — March 3, 2011 @ 7:43 PM

  3. Such a fun idea. Thanks so much for visiting me and entering my GIVEAWAY!

    Comment by FrenchGardenHouse — March 3, 2011 @ 8:09 PM

  4. Interesting! You’ll have to let us know if you get what you are looking for.

    Comment by Teresa — March 3, 2011 @ 9:47 PM

    • First I have to figure out what I am hoping for!

      Comment by dogsmom — March 3, 2011 @ 9:51 PM

  5. Nice idea…

    Comment by jen — March 4, 2011 @ 7:33 AM

  6. What kind of buttons are you looking for?

    Comment by Leah — March 4, 2011 @ 9:32 AM

  7. Just wanted to let you know I absolutely covet your barn!!!!!

    Comment by Collected Treasures — March 4, 2011 @ 11:06 AM

  8. Well, that sounds like fun. It will be interesting to watch what you get!

    Comment by Diann @ The Thrifty Groove — March 4, 2011 @ 11:18 AM

  9. Love the idea! I would be interested in trading for beanie babies, rainforest animals (planning a Diego/Dora Rainforest Adventure party for my soon-to-be 3 year old). I have definitely have some buttons and postcards to trade, maybe some dog/cat artwork (will have to dig through my stash).

    Comment by Jiya — March 4, 2011 @ 12:18 PM

  10. I loved the One Red Paperclip story – how fun!
    I like the idea of trading – as they say, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure! Darn, I used to have some old keys, but when we moved I think we gave them away – sorry!!

    Comment by Dreaming — March 4, 2011 @ 6:34 PM

  11. Fascinating and such a neat story….trading, bartering, its all fun. Goodness knows I had plenty of early experience in life being the master of all traders with my sister and cousins:) I look forward to hearing what you get! Interesting!!

    Comment by the enchanted home — March 4, 2011 @ 8:29 PM

  12. How fun! I would like to trade for a house that stays decluttered (maybe I should stop shopping!)

    Comment by Jacqueline — March 5, 2011 @ 10:43 AM

    • If you can invent such a house your fortune will be made.

      Comment by dogsmom — March 5, 2011 @ 10:44 AM

  13. What a cool idea! I just did a trade on my blog and though it was pretty straight across the board in terms of value (at least I thought so) it was a HUGE improvement for me because I wasn’t using the item I traded at all. I’ll come back to see what you’ve got to trade. I have a few of the things on your want list. But I’m WAY past the baby stage….love small metal items…..alabaster pieces…..anything french…got anything like that? I’m your girl! *winks* Vanna

    Comment by Vanna — March 5, 2011 @ 2:59 PM

  14. Oh I’d be interested in vintage sewing patterns! I have LOTS of buttons, and and all sorts of other stuff! LOL!

    Comment by Mika — March 6, 2011 @ 12:04 PM

  15. What a neat idea. I’ve never heard of the red paperclip–going to read more.

    Comment by Amy at Verde Farm — March 6, 2011 @ 6:24 PM

  16. This will be fun to follow. What an interesting idea! Can’t wait to see how this works. Thank you for linking to Favorite Things. laurie

    Comment by laurie — March 6, 2011 @ 8:00 PM

  17. Hey there! I am completely new to the blogging world but I have been reading a blog that led me to this project that in turn led me to you. I haven’t posted anything yet (though I plan on hopefully joining this endeavor) but I think I might have something you’d like to offer. I paint animal portraits for friends and family, and I saw your desire for animal artwork, so if you have a picture of an animal you’d like to have an acrylic painting of I could totally do that. I have no idea what my wishlist consists of yet though, so… Haha.

    I just wanted to put it out there, but I’ll be thinking up a wishlist and a post of all the stuff I’d like to trade.

    Comment by artistofmath — March 6, 2011 @ 8:02 PM

  18. Very cool idea — I did see this on ATG’s blog but I didn’t realize it was related to the red paper clip idea…I had heard of that before. I can’t wait to see what happens!

    Comment by Laurie — March 6, 2011 @ 9:05 PM

  19. Hi, this is a lovely idea – hope it gets lots of responses. We have Freecycle – which is an online website where you post daily your wants or giveaways and people email – first come first served – then arrange collection. I have had some lovely magazines through this and am currently searching out a wheelbarrow, have given away kids clothes/school uniform. Betty

    Comment by Betty — March 7, 2011 @ 1:54 AM

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