We live in a community where bartering is common. All sorts of items and services are offered up on a regular basis without any monetary transaction. I have one very close friend who I swap, barter, or gift things with almost weekly. I tease her and say that our relationship is like a big “Go Fish” game. I call up to find out if she has any rennet ( for making cheese), she’ll call to see if there are extra canning jars available. “Do you have any wide wale blue corduroy?” “yep”, I say. “Oh, do you have any extra seed pots?” she may ask. Of course, we always have plenty of those.
But this is the first time we’ve collectively had an organized swap. It’s great to go through the things you no longer need, or to find something you make, that can then be offered for something else. I love watching the ease with which my good neighbors traded for things. More value is put on their relationship than the things being swapped. It’s nice when a deal is sealed with a smile and a hug. We used the town office building and gathered with our wares( or services) to see what kind of trades could be made.
We drank tea and ate scones and cookies, too. Here are some example of the swaps that were offered up:
Everyone went home with something, and there was lots of chatter about another swap in the future. Maybe one for each season…..we’ll see. My favorite swap? This great book I traded heirloom tomato seedlings for.