Bartering and trading goods is an ideal way to get new, useful things for our families and with no exchange of money. I even added a note about bartering/trading to my Etsy shop banner and also on our blog “shop” page to share with folks that we are open to this method of commerce.
Here are my top five recent trades and barters:
- 1. Two sets of wool backed nursing pads for a nature themed wool ball. Last month when I found the Etsy Shop, The Indigo Forest, I was thrilled to see that their Etsy banner said they were open to trades. For some reason I had never thought of trading on Etsy! I contacted Kellie at The Indigo Forest and we were able to work out a wonderful trade. Our little nugget celebrated her 1st birthday last month so Kellie made us a nature themed wool ball for her and I made Kellie some nursing pads since she and her family are expecting another baby later this year (remember this post?) It was a great way to get a lovely handmade birthday gift for our little nugget!
- 2. Cloth diaper, upcycled baby hat and nursing pads for fresh produce. This summer at our local market, another family with young children had a produce stand. We traded by them picking out creations they wanted from my stand and I picked out the equivalent price amount in veggies from their stand. I was able to feed our family quite a few meals with fresh, locally grown food without having to spend a dime or go to the grocery store!
- 3.Upcycled Baby hat for two pieces of art on reclaimed wood. This was definitely my favorite barter at our local market this summer. The artist, B. Martinez, sells at the local Upcycled shop where we also sell creations. Her art caught my eye the first time I saw it earlier in the summer but since money is so tight I knew I couldn’t splurge on art. When she showed up as a vender at our local market I was thrilled. I was a little shy about asking her if she would be interested in bartering, but I’m so glad I did. We now have two new beautiful pieces of art that I absolutely love to decorate our living room and my new sewing/office space!
- 4. Blog ad space for blog ad space. Our latest trade has been with blog advertising. Several of us work from home mama bloggers who offer ad space on our sidebars swapped blog ads for the month. None of us had to pay for ads and we all benefit by getting advertising for our blogs or Etsy shop. I am so thrilled to have connected with Young Nesters and Crunchy Farm Baby to swap ads!
- 5. Cloth diaper for some handmade bars of soap. Hannah from the Etsy shop Picky Kitten contacted me about doing a trade for a cloth diaper. She sells really fun jewelry in her Etsy shop but since I already have quite a collection since my mom and I both make jewelery we decided to swap for some of her handmade soap. I’ve been wanting to make soap and haven’t had time so this was perfect!
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