It's week 3 of Trade Me Up, the bartering campaign hosted by Amy of The Thrifty Chicks and me.
Have you had bartering on your mind?
How has your trades been going?
Have you been able to trade up yet?
When I added my wishlist a couple weeks ago it wasn't necessarily to trade my little ipod for something on the list. It is for a trade that would get me in the direction of something that I'm wishing for. Trade me Up is about offering more to others.
My friend Amy and I are doing a simple trade. She was the first to show interest in the Tiki place mats that I thrifted a couple weeks ago. Rather than paying me money she offered to trade me a collection of black glass buttons. I told her yes enthusiastically.
Trading works best on a local level but it can be done from a distance as well.
If I had to ask myself what are things that I would most love to barter it would be natural health care (we have been without a doctor since we moved), massages and babysitting. Those are three things that I have trouble spending money on even though I probably need all of them more than any tangible item that I could buy. I don't know why I have a hard time spending money on those vital things that help my health.
With my mentality changing gears, I realize that I don't really need anything. My birthday is coming up in April and the only thing I want is an ipad and that is purely for ReSelling. I plan to be on the road more with business and it would have been fabulous to have in the South Bay when I was searching for Estate Sales on Craigslist on my iphone. Does anyone have one to trade ? :-)
That desire to "have" lots of things is just fading. It may pop in for a few minutes if I wandered around Anthropologie but I know the minute I would spend that huge amount of money I would just be disappointed. Especially as all the buttons begin to pop off. (am I the only one who has button issues at Anthro?)
I'm guessing as the more I shop vintage in the secondhand market my interest in retail is really just disappearing. I'm so in love with buying vintage that I don't mind if my house looks like a throwback to 1968.
This week I want to think creatively on how I can barter for services in my area. I'd ideally love to barter my skill of secondhand shopping for a service that someone offers. Whether I offer ReSelling Consulting or personal shopping for someone, it would be fabulous to use that to trade for something that I need.
Guidelines for joining Trade Me Up:
- Have something to trade? -write a blog post with a photo of your item & your wish list
- This isn't only is about bartering but it's about thinking about and achieving your dreams
- Link to this post with your Trade Me Up blog post
- Add the button below to your blog
- Spread the word on Twitter, Facebook, Stumble, Pinterest and especially in your local community.
- Tell everyone your dreams from your blog post and what you have to trade to get to those dreams.
Every Friday through April 29th you'll find a new Trade Me Up post and hopefully a new item to Barter. Feel free to use any of this content on your own blog posts.
Please leave a comment on this post or Contact Me HERE with your thoughts, comments or item to Trade. I can't wait to see what you have to offer.
***Disclaimer - a reader mentioned that people might be taxable for bartering. Please check with your accountants about taxes that might incur from Bartering.