Saturday, January 16, 2010
Is bartering dead?
I'm about to find out. I've offered this doll for barter over at the Crafty Mamas forum. I've been thinking for some time about the differences between city and country living, and this is one of them. It's not called bartering in the country though - it's just what you do. For example:
Mrs. Randell has a glut of apricots this year, she gives you a box of them and you give her a basket of fresh vegetables from your garden.
You have excess eggs from your chooks so you ask the Robertsons if they want any. They do, and they have just made a batch of strawberry jam from their strawberry garden so you become the happy recipient of a couple of jars.
Things are really different here in the city. I find it hard to trust people and to take their word. I don't ask people for help because that's just not what you do here. And bartering? Well, that's just non existent here, whether you call it bartering or not.
I'd love to barter more because, to me, it's not all about making a sale. It's about sharing something of yourself and what you have with others and receiving the same in return.
I'll let you know how my attempt turns out!