Meet Bella and Anna, two artists who recently forged a green and frugal relationship on Swapsity. Bella had some art supplies taking up space in her home and was looking to give them away to a creative soul who could put them to good use. She posted them on Swapsity. Giving her excess things away to someone who needed them just felt right to Bella. "I love to see things go to good use and be in the hands of someone who will enjoy them," she says. "It's so much better for the environment, and it frees up space in the home, which is equally great." The opportunity to get something in return was a great incentive too!
Needing a haircut, she searched Swapsity and soon enough got in touch with Anna, a talented artist who loves cutting and styling hair. It didn't take long for the two to make a trade. Anna cut Bella's hair and Bella brought her a bunch of craft supplies in return. Anna thinks it's great to use her talent as currency to acquire art supplies or those fun extra things that she couldn't otherwise afford on a discretionary income of an artist. Bella is happy with the result and wants to continue bartering for green bath and body products, spa and massage services or a leather coat while Anna would love to swap her creative skills for a cottage vacation, carpentry lessons or home brewing equipment. We hope that it's only the first of many swaps for both Bella and Anna.
spiritsentient wrote on Feb 27th 2010, 21:18
What a beautiful tale. I love the whole concept of bartering and sharing consciously and lovingly, and it reminds me very strongly of Mark Boyle's Freeconomy (worth checking out if anyone's interested.) Rock on Bella, Anna, and SwapSity.