I have been thinking lately that it might be fun to bring back bartering. You know, "I'll trade you a dozen eggs for some vegetables from your garden/fruit from your trees/babysitting/etc". Even though we can afford to buy such things, the idea of trading what we have for something that we want or need gives me such a sense of providing in a traditional way. I stay home to raise my children and run our home. Thus, I don't bring home a paycheque which contributes to our family. My husband - truly the most supportive, incredible man a girl could ask for, provides us with such a wonderful life. But sometimes I feel the need to "bring something to the table" so to speak. And what better way to do that than to take the things that I "make" - from my girls, the gardens, various craft projects that I do, my photography - and exchange them for things that our family could use. It really feels like returning to our traditional ways of providing and I love that.
Do you remember this guy and his red paperclip? If he could barter for a house, isn't it possible that we could all barter for some of the things we could use?
I looked around on the internet a bit and came across this article which provided a bit of inspiration and ideas on where to barter if you wanted to go outside your immediate circle of acquaintances. Who knew?
Do any of you partake in any form of bartering? Do you exchange foods, talents, or time? How did you start? What inspires you about the practice. I would *love* to hear your stories!