I heard a rather strange story today about bartering. I am not sure why I was so surprised, but this seems a bit far off the beaten path in terms of bartering in a lucrative manner.
The couple was engaged in casual conversation and somehow the discussion had turned to non-monetary reimbursement. Although the young woman was highly-trained in the skills of massage therapy, she shared that she actually traded her knowledge for the primary goods and services she needed to sustain.
I sat quietly in my seat, continuing the almost instinctive need to catch this tidbit on bartering. Her conversation partner was equally inquisitive and asked the young woman to expand on exactly what those transactions included. Having no fear of reprisal or repercussions for her bartering activities she shared that she mostly used her massage services for trade.
I couldn’t help but interject myself into their exchange, “I’m sorry, I couldn’t help but overhear part of your conversation and it made ma a bit curious. Do you mind if I ask what the most unusual trade is you have ever made?”
“I trade massage for landscaping services, having my laundry done on Fridays, and beef,” she said, in a rather matter-of-fact tone.
“Literally, beef?” I asked, somewhat astonished.“Sure enough! I actually brought home about eighty pounds. I have come to think of bartering as kind of a lost art and find myself really stretching to get the most potential. I started at farmers markets for vegetables and trinkets – and now I see how far I can up the ante!
Who would have thought? I left the restaurant, wondering why I hadn’t thought of something like that for my script in the Secrets of Clayton County!
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