Each month, an amazing group of people from Backyard Barter get together in different locations around the city and barter homemade items. In addition to the bartered goods, I come home with new ideas, recipes and a greater appreciation for all things homemade. Join us for our next barter on Oct 13 (future dates and details below).
I swap my homemade dark chocolate truffles, soap and cheese for other people’s treasures. I typically come home with a box full of edibles such as jams, chutneys/sauces, flavored butter, chai, granola, pickled veggies, fresh/home-canned fruit, bread, honey, bitters, dried herbs and nearly always delicious items for the week’s dinners. And there are lots of non-edibles too, including pottery, salves/lotions, homemade greeting cards, original artwork, pillows, jewelry, knit items, indoor/outdoor plants and more.
There’s no cost to participate, no money exchanges hands. And the bartering is stress-free…you ask if someone wants to swap your x for their y, and they either say yes or “no thanks”…and three-way trades are a good way to get what you want if there’s not interest in a direct trade. It’s a great way to save money and try new things and there’s a variety of gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian items. Children welcome.
Barterers set up in the first hour, which may include pre-barter agreements as well as checking out the cool handmade items and making new friends. In the second hour, we quickly do our physical exchange and are usually done in half an hour.
October 13 from 1-3 PM at Seattle Mennonite Church off Lake City Way, parking lot in back right next to meeting room
3120 NE 125th St, Seattle, Washington 98125
November 3 from 1-3 PM at Greenlake library meeting room, on the ground floor next to the parking lot
7364 E Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, Washington 98115
December 1 from 1-3 PM at West Seattle meeting room in the basement of the library
2306 42nd Ave SW, Seattle, Washington 98116
To join our Facebook group to barter outside of events for for future event postings, visit Backyard Barter: https://www.facebook.com/groups/backyardbarter/
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