Bartering Hitchhiking Rides, Horoscope Readings and Storage Space

The Successful Swaps column shares success stories of people who barter for goods without exchanging any money. This issue includes bartering hitchhiking rides, horoscope readings and storage space.


| July/August 1977


The Successful Swaps column shares success stories in bartering, including bartering hitchhiking rides, horoscope readings and storage space.

Bartering Hitchhiking Rides, Horoscope Readings and Storage Space


I make my living translating books from French for hard-nosed New York City publishers (no swapping there, I'm afraid). But here in Woodstock we have something we call "the energy exchange". Everyone's into it, because — while money is scarce here — talent is plentiful.

For instance, I study astrology and have developed some skill in reading horoscopes. Since many people who want readings can't afford to pay for them, and since I wouldn't feel right taking money for what I think of as spiritual counseling anyway, the energy exchange provides the perfect solution.

The goods and services I've received in return for chart readings include: haircuts, carpentry, medical services, dinners, art works, therapy sessions, lessons in self-hypnosis and auto mechanics, organic vegetables, and psychic healing.

But my favorite exchange was the time I read a friend's chart for 62 sheepskins. She and her old man were moving away, and the fleeces that had lined their dome would have otherwise gone to the dump. I traded some of the skins for wood splitting and gave some of them away, but the rest are right here on the floor of my cabin, keeping my feet warm as I type!

— Helen Weaver
Woodstock, N.Y.





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