Saturday, September 17, 2011

Let's make a deal! A post on bartering.

Hello, everyone! Welcome to another post at Saturday Sequins.

Today's topic sort of took me by surprise, and a delightful surprise it was! I can't say it's entirely my idea. In fact, I have two lovely ladies, Jessica Wagstrom and Gala Darling, to thank for inspiring me. But I thought I'd give it my own spin and add some other things I thought of, because brainstorming happens to be one of my favorite things in the world.

(Speaking of which... this is a closeup of Honeycomb, one of my favorite pieces in the world! It's made of aluminum and tiny rubber rings from Blue Buddha Boutique. Also notice the Swarovski crystals on itty bitty headpins I made myself with my torch.)

I live in a world where money is exchanged for goods and services. So do you. But! There's another way to do things, and a way that's been around much longer than currency, namely exchanging goods and services for other goods and services. To me, it sounds like a great way to build a sense of camaraderie and community, but also a great way for fledgling artists to get their business off the ground when they're a wee bit strapped for cash.

Think about it. If you're anything like me, you know a number of amazing people with incredible talents, be they writers, artists, photographers, chefs, or whatever. People whose skills you could use. You also have a number of talents, and there's a good bet the people you know could benefit from them. Why not partner up?

First, make a list of the people you know and what they're good at. For example, I know bloggers, jewelry makers, very pretty people who could model my work, as well as cool people who could potentially put me in touch with other cool people. I can think of a dozen things they might help me with!

Next, make a list of the things you have to offer in return. As someone who wears enough different hats to open her own boutique, I make jewelry, I write, I cook amazing food, both healthy and unhealthy, I create recipes, I'm good at brainstorming and creative problem solving, I make sparkly hula hoops, and I know quite a few hoop tricks. I also know how to take care of curly hair. Perhaps, just perhaps, I have exactly what someone else is looking for.

(This is a full view of Honeycomb. One side, that is. This necklace happens to be reversible! More photos to come.)

The next step is to think of a possible deal you could make with an awesome person in your life. Maybe she'll model your jewelry for photos in exchange for a custom piece. Maybe she'll take professional quality photos if you agree to make her a hula hoop and give her some lessons. Maybe he's so busy running a successful business he has no time to eat, and he'd love to swap home cooked food for private consultations. You never know until you ask!

So that's my advice to myself, to yourself, and to anyone else who might be reading. Consider bartering. As long as you choose someone you know and trust, and whose work you're familiar with, the worst that can happen is that you have to negotiate a little or that you hear "no." In which case, you haggle... or move on to the next person and the next opportunity.

So how about you? What kinds of people do you know, what do they have to offer you, and what do you have to offer them in return?

Thanks, and have a sequintastic day!


  1. Amazing intricate details, must have take forever to finish it!

  2. It took a lot of hours to finish! But not a lot of days... because I was impatient and just had to finish it right away. :)



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