Bartering Stained Glass, Fishing Lures and Goat Fertilizer

The Successful Swaps column shares success stories of people who barter for goods without exchanging any money. This issue includes bartering stained glass, fishing lures and goat fertilizer.

| September/October 1977

The Successful Swaps column shares success stories in bartering, including stories on bartering stained glass, fishing lures and goat fertilizer.

The big move of our lives is planned for this spring. We'll be going to the Pacific Northwest, to make our living as upholsterers and stained glass artists.

The upholstery idea found us, but we've had to seek out the stained glass know-how that we feel will augment our furniture renovation income. Though we were rich in ideas, we lacked the money it would take to learn the intricacies of the ancient art. We were able, however, to locate an expert at the craft who, like us, is making an effort to be self-sufficient, and who wanted to know how to upholster his chairs and such!

So we've arranged a swap of our knowledge for his . . . and, since we're two and he's one, we feel we reap double. Every week the fellow joins us for a nice meal, and then we adjourn to the workroom, where he upholsters his furniture while we work on our stained glass . . . all of us with individual, professional instruction.

Yvonne & Charli Wingo
Morgan Hill, CA

Our son has enjoyed farm life ever since he was old enough to help out and be useful. About two years ago, a bull calf born to one of the dairy cows on my brother's farm was given to our boy in exchange for all the time he'd put in over the past few years. We're now enjoying a freezer full of good beef . . . and our youngster takes real pride in knowing that he earned it for us.

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