Lifestyle Trade, Trading Magazines, and Other Barter Agreements

This installment of a regular feature on barter agreements includes a story about a Pennsylvania reader who traded old magazines for back issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS and three Australians who made a lifestyle trade: a city man moving to the county exchanged his possessions with a country couple moving to the city.

| November/December 1979

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    An Australian man moving from the city to the country made a lifestyle trade with a country couple moving to the city: his power lawnmower for their hand tools.

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Bill Wodraska 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 agreements and skill-and-labor exchanges," said Bill. "You're on!" MOTHER EARTH NEWS replied.  

Lifestyle Trade

When I decided to move to the country, I had no idea of the expense involved. Land can be costly here in Australia, but at last I managed to find a wonderful 10-acre property that was within my means. A number of willing friends helped me build a cabin and furniture, but I was still left with an empty purse and many "final touches" that had to be attended to.

Fortunately, I discovered a nearby elderly couple who were leaving their home of 50 years to move into Sydney. A few neighborly visits later I had arranged to swap my "citified" vital necessities for their "countrified" ones: a fully automatic sewing machine for a sturdy treadle model, an electric blender for a butter separator, a large kerosene heater for a toasty Franklin stove, and a lawn mower for handy axes and tools. We simply exchanged lifestyles without incurring the usually burdensome "starting up" expenses.

When an American friend heard of my new homestead, he offered me another trade: MOTHER EARTH NEWS. It's not readily available in most parts of Australia (I had never seen the magazine before), so a swap of a year of your magazine for a year of the Aussie equivalent of Playboy was quickly agreed to. Now I make trips to Sydney just often enough to buy my basic needs and to check my post office box for the latest copy of MOTHER EARTH NEWS!  

North Sydney, Australia

Trading Magazines

The best swap I've ever made came right from the pages of MOTHER EARTH NEWS. What better way is there to complete a library of back issues than to swap old magazines for them? And that's just what I did!


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