Wikipedia: Barter is a system of exchange where goods or services are directly exchanged for other goods or services without using a medium of exchange, such as money.
My new friend Cath – she just wandered in one day a few months ago and loved my little boutique and offered to help me with the merchandising. Not one to look a gift ‘Cath’ in the face I said – YES and offered her an outfit in exchange. She demurred on my offer – but after my insistence, chose a scarf in exchange.
Cath popped in again yesterday and did her magic in FIVE MINUTES! – refused payment, but said she was going to buy a couple of bookshelves I had on sale outside my shop – I really needed to move these items and needless to say Cath got the bookshelves (she and her daughter are going to paint them white) and my shop was merchandised – cost free to both of us.
This exchange made us both smile and be very happy – and it got me thinking how other small businesses can work together to find cashless solutions that suit the other person’s situation. It doesn’t have to be a small business scenario – Cath’s daughter needed a bookshelf – while mine wasn’t perfect – painted white it would certainly fit the bill.
I love my fashion boutique – but I openly admit I don’t have the training or skill that Cath has to update and brighten it’s look in 5 minutes! My challenge is to find a barter exchange that will suit my friend for La Galerie’s next update – thank you Cath xx