Bartering Wrapping Coins, Trading Stamps and Working a Maine Farm

The Successful Swaps column shares success stories of people who barter for goods without exchanging any money. This issue includes bartering wrapping coins, working a Maine farm and trading stamps for goods.

| July/August 1978

The Successful Swaps column shares success stories in bartering, including stories on bartering wrapping coins, trading stamps and working a Maine farm.

In MOTHER EARTH NEWS issue 37, Bill Wodraska shared some of his thoughts regarding one of humankind's better ideas of bartering 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 who sends us a short account of an actual barter that gets printed in this column (write THE MOTHER EARTH NEWS, Hendersonville, North Carolina) will receive a 12-month subscription (new or extended) to MOTHER.

Bartering Wrapping Coins, Trading Stamps and Working a Maine Farm

My older brother (a busy executive) saves his loose change in jars, but never finds the spare time to figure up what he's collected.

Once — quite unbelievably — he asked me if I'd be willing to "bother" myself with wrapping the coins and carting them off to the bank . . . in exchange for half the total amount-of the savings. Needless to say, I jumped at the chance.

What a fun way to make money! Our two and four-year-old daughters, my husband, and I turned the task into a game: While sorting the mounds of loose coins, we'd all try to guess what the grand tally would be.

Amazingly, my brother's "leftover change" totaled $156. We happily sent him a $78 check for his share . . . and used our half for a much needed yard shed.

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