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)
Beautiful recycled things I find
Home cooked meals – I am an outstanding cook
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
Handmade clothing, shoes
Handmade candles, incense
Frequent flyer miles
Travel opportunities, i.e. places to stay
Silver or gold coin
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!