The Barter Project

Hi Folks –

Given the precarious state of our economy, and the rather dubious feelings I have regarding the alleged  solutions,  I have decided to try a little experiment. I want to see just how much of my life I can barter for.  I have a variety of skills that may be useful to folks, which I will list here. Then I will list things that I want or need in my life.  My only rule is, it has to be something I truly want/need, I don’t want to fill my life with trinkets just because barter is cool.  As far as figuring out value, I’ve been mulling this over, wondering if I need to establish some sort of “unit of worth”, based on how many hours something takes to create, but for now I think I will leave each transaction up to individual negotiation. It sounds more fun, and I think we’ll learn more about each other if we have to share our process of creation in order to determine value. I am open to rethinking this as the project develops, we’ll just see what makes sense.

So –  here are the things I am good at and willing to offer as part of my barter project.

Web and print design
Hand made clothing  – from scratch or repair something you love  (Alas can’t accommodate leather)
Art
Beautiful recycled things I find
Interior design
Massage
Home cooked meals – I am an outstanding cook
Recording services
Editing services
Music – recorded CDs or downloads
Music – live performance to spice up your event

I’ll try to have photos up within a month of the “things” I can offer, such as clothing, art, etc.

What I am interested in receiving:

Bags of groceries – food from your garden. (Not able to have my own garden until next spring)
Fresh eggs/meat from your farm
Baked bread
Handmade clothing, shoes
Handmade soap
Handmade candles, incense
Frequent flyer miles
Travel opportunities, i.e. places to stay
Silver or gold coin
Wine

I am also open to other ideas I may not have thought of.  And I’ll likely add to this list over time, but this will get the project started.  Let’s see what we can do!

One thought on “The Barter Project

  1. Great post. YOu allow it to become seem so easy to share your experiences. I wish i could do as well on sharing on my site. I just got the idea started and sometimes feel stuck the amount to share or when it is the right thing to share with you. what to do?

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