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 things I barter, I come home with new ideas, recipes and a greater appreciation for homemade goods.
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, wine/beer/cider, dried herbs and nearly always delicious items for that evening’s dinner. 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.
The next few barters:
o Sat, Sept 8, 6-8pm, Wedgewood
o Sun, Oct 14, 2-4pm, Lake City
o Other events will be put on the calendar (facebook has the latest info at https://www.facebook.com/BackyardBarter/)
This Saturday, 9/8 at 6pm:
Picardo Farm P-Patch, 8040 25th Ave NE, Seattle, Washington 98115
Description of 9/8 event: Come join us to barter homemade, home grown and home produced items, as well as skills and services! We’ll be outdoors for this event in the Pavilion of the Picardo P-patch. The main entrance to the garden is on NE 82nd (this is the entrance closest to the Pavilion).
The P-Patch has invited us to join them for a potluck as well. If you feel like making something additional to share – feel free – but it is not required.
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