Have you heard the story about One Red Paperclip?
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),
and a small size refrigerator.
I will have to get together pictures of things I have to offer.
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
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.