Christmas Clothing Trade, Knitting Lessons, and Other Barter Agreements

This installment of an ongoing barter agreements feature includes contributions from an Arkansas man who exchanged Christmas clothing with his colleagues at work and a bed-ridden Tennessee woman who gave her nurses knitting lessons in trade for yarn and books.

| September/October 1984

  • barter agreements - realtor's assistant
    A Colorado college student earned a little income putting up and taking down "For Sale" signs for a real estate agency.
    Jack Vaughn
  • barter agreements - illustration of knitting lessons for nurses
    A Tennessee woman laid up in bed gave her nurss knitting lessons in exchange for yarn and books.
    Jack Vaughn
  • barter agreements - illustration of men trading Christmas clothing
    When your Christmas clothing leaves much to be desired, why not barter it away.?
    Illustration by Jack Vaughn
  • barter agreements - duck punt
    The duck punt of Cadron Creek, Arkansas was well-bartered; one man accepted it in exchange for his auto mechanic services, then traded it to his brother for a .22 hunting rifle, who then traded it to a friend for some rabbits.
    Jack Vaughn

  • barter agreements - realtor's assistant
  • barter agreements - illustration of knitting lessons for nurses
  • barter agreements - illustration of men trading Christmas clothing
  • barter agreements - duck punt

Way back in 1976 we asked you, our readers, to share your stories about the barter agreements you've made to ease your way through life. And boy did you respond! We made it a regular feature, and all these years later it's still going strong.

Christmas Clothing Trade

Every Christmas I seem to get clothes that just don't fit or that aren't my style. I never know what stores they came from and usually don't want to bother with exchanging them anyway.

Then one day I discovered that some of the other guys at work had the same problem. As a result, we got together in the parking lot on our lunch break and swapped all our unwanted wearing apparel!


Knitting Lessons for Books

My successful barter evolved from a serious illness which kept me bedridden for three months. About all I could do with my time was crochet and read, and you can imagine what it would have cost to keep me in books and yarn!

However, the problem was solved when several of the nurses became interested in my handiwork... and especially in learning how to duplicate it. We soon worked out a swap: lessons in knitting and crocheting in exchange for books and yarn.

By the end of eight weeks, eight nurses had mastered crocheting (three of those also learned to knit) and I had 40 books, as well as enough yarn for five full-size afghans, two crib blankets, and a crocheted bedspread. Not only were the participants in this swap pleased, but so were the recipients of the gifts I made.


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