Trade value

As a big fan of craigslist.com, I fully appreciate the power of trade and barter. We’ve acquired several new-to-us appliances and even a car this way, while at the same time finding a new home for items we ourselves no longer use. Since I try to be less of a consumer, I will usually check second-hand sources before I fork over full retail price.  Not only does this help our budget, it reduces waste and our carbon footprint.

As a knitter (and crafter of all sorts), I tend to make a lot of stuff – and sometimes I make something just for the sake of making it. A new pattern, a new technique, and so forth. Frequently there is someone on my gift list that the item would be perfect for, but sometimes there just doesn’t seem to be a good match and so the item goes into a box and waits. And waits. And waits.

Eventually I have to admit that an item, no matter how great it was to make it, will never find a home in my circle of family, friends, and acquaintances. If it’s a knit item, I will occasionally frog it to recover the yarn; but sometimes I just can’t bring myself to do that.

In particular, I love to make shawls. There are a stack of shawls in my closet that need to be appreciated and worn, and there are many folks out in the world that would love to have one in exchange for some items that they themselves are not utilizing. The power of the web lets the two come together and I have recently paired up two shawls with distant women who are willing to trade for some lovely yarns and spinning fiber from their stashes. It’s a win-win! I reduce the pile of homeless items while eliminating a bit of guilt that they sit unworn, and gain some nice fiber in return. As an added plus, one of the women I recently “met” for such a trade has the same long list of hobbies and interests that I do, so not only did we have a mutually beneficial trade situation, I made a new friend!

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