Bartering a Stay in a Rustic Cabin, Thinning Trees and Hand-Carved Furniture

The Successful Swaps column shares success stories of people who barter for goods without exchanging any money. This issue includes bartering a stay in a rustic cabin, thinning trees and hand-carved furniture for trade.

| January/February 1978

The Successful Swaps column shares success stories in bartering, including stories on bartering a stay in a rustic cabin, thinning trees and hand-carved furniture.

In Issue No. 37, Bill Wodrasks shared some of his thoughts regarding one of mankind's better ideas — barter — and offered up an interesting suggestion: "I'd like to see a continuing feature on barter and skill-and-labor exchanges," said Bill. "Maybe MOTHER could even swap subscriptions for contributions to the department." "You're on!" we replied . . . and announced our still-standing offer. Anyone (and that means you!) who sends us a short (200 words or less) account of an actual barter that's good enough to print will receive — as the folks on the following pages have — a twelve-month subscription (or extension of same) to THE MOTHER EARTH NEWS®. THE MOTHER EARTH NEWS®, Inc., P.O. Box 70, Hendersonville, N.C. 28739.

When I was growing up in the city, barter was an unknown term, but now I couldn't get along without it! For instance, I've traded houseplants for jelly, old clothing for mending, and surplus corn for fresh salmon. And in the winter — since we don't own the kind of heavy vehicle suitable for travel on snow packed roads — our neighbor rims errands for us in exchange for baby-sitting.

Last (and best) of all are the barters that occur between my husband and me . . . like a backrub, for help with caulking, or a thorough shampoo for doing the dishes. These husband-wife swaps are fun, and they usually make for a better day.

— Lynn Moen
Dunkerton, IA

My first barter arrangement couldn't have worked out any better. It was the year after I'd bought my property, and there were three main factors involved: [1] I was still desperately broke from the 10-acre purchase, [2] the sugar maples on the place had been logged many years before, which left an "overstory" of beech and red maple, and [3] I needed the old logging road on the property graded and graveled.

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