Barter News April 2011
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The Barter System
|Nestled in the foothills of Western Virginia there is a beautiful old theater. Since 1933, amazing live performances have continued to support Abingdon, Virginia—a town rich in Civil War history.
A short look into the theater’s history reveals the original of its unusual name. The Barter Theatre did not get its name from a generous grant of the Barter Foundation. No matriarch left a provision in her estate to ensure that the show would go on.
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Why Pay to Stay When You Can Swap Houses?
by Dawn Kawamoto
|Summer is around the corner, but vacation budgets for many families are tight. But a bit of belt-tightening doesn’t have to mean giving up your dream vacation if you’re able to escape the costs of a hotel and car rental. Now could be the time to take a leap of faith and try a home exchange or swap.
The practice dates back more 50 years, but its popularity has grown rapidly since the start of the Great Recession.
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Resourceful Locals: Do You Barter With Neighbors?
by Amber Byfield
|You strike up a conversation with your next-door neighbors and find out that they’ve got a sweet home-brew set up (albeit the beer currently resides in brewing equipment kept in the bathtub). You happen to let slip that you’re rather adept at starting vegetable seeds—and then before you know it, you decide to trade. What a great idea!
Bartering and trading with friends, neighbors, and local craftspeople is a great way to be super-resourceful. We trade tools with friends and neighbors quite often, reducing our own consumption and enforcing good relationships, and we’re getting to know our neighbors well enough that we’re hoping to actually barter landscaping design skills for fresh veggies later this summer.
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Why book lovers love Book Swap
by Robert McCrum
|Two summers ago, I went down to a converted fire station in Windsor for an event billed as a Book Swap, hosted by Scott Pack, one-time enfant terrible of the UK book trade, but now somewhat domesticated in Harper Collins’s Friday Project. I had no idea what to expect, but the evening, which was shared with novelists Marie Phillips and Jessica Ruston, went surprisingly well, and I blogged about it at once with some enthusiasm, not least as a change from the usual book festival routine.
Since then, I’ve watched the Book Swap idea gain in confidence and audiences. It has branched out from Windsor and opened for business at the LRB bookshop in Bloomsbury. Readers seem to like the odd combination of Q&A, cake and books. It’s also appealingly unscripted.
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