I did it again. I bartered. 🙂

Well, I’ve been needing some warmer clothing. I needed several pair of sweat pants and some long sleeve shirts. I’d unfortunately gotten down to 2 pair of pants and 4 long sleeve shirts. I was worried about the shirts I have because they were being used to go to the doctor, wear at home and paint in. I saw their expiration date coming up real soon. I was certainly worried.

I was going around in the same pants but that didn’t bother me too much because I like the fit and the color so I was good with that. Of course I wasn’t happy to only have 2 pair of pants but at least I was happy with what I had. Anyway…..a woman I know who is aware of my bartering program traded art for some very, very nice stuff. I am now the proud owner of 5 new pair of pants, 5 long sleeve shirts, a night gown with roses (eyes roll back), and to top it off, I finally have a pair of pink, plaid pajama bottoms. I’m so happy!!! It all fits, the colors are spot on and I’m very happy with the trade.

There are times when I can’t barter because I need the cash to pay for heating and such. Recently I made a nice cash sale and was able to purchased a bunch of toiletries and supplies for Mary Jane which meant my disability check was freed up to pay for heat. Having enough for heat meant I could do another barter situation. So now she has art and I’ve got the very clothes I wanted.

The cost of shipping items can get high but people with Amazon Prime or have points are able to use those and not get stuck with high shipping costs. That’s how it’s been done so far.

I don’t just barter and sell my art, I also like to give. I’ve been able to share with several individuals some of my washable Chucks , which I get regularly.  I give them new, not used. They’re nice and have several good uses. I’ve sewn them together to cover my entire bed (a twin) and I’ve sewn them together to create a sand bag to assist with pressure point relief. I use them on the floor to protect it from paint and even under the table when watering the plants. There are all kinds of ways to use these things.

I’ve been thinning out items i can’t wear for donation to the local domestic violence shelter I was in many years ago. I have an abundance of scarves. I figure, if I haven’t worn some in months then it’s okay to get rid of it. lol. There’s a nice size box of items and a bag to go to the shelter that housed me when I needed to leave my now ex-husband. I have a lot of respect for that shelter and its administrator. I’d gone from Tyler, Texas to Bowling Green, Kentucky to Louisville, Kentucky shelters. Finally the shelter in Louisville drove me, in an unmarked car, half way to Indianapolis where the shelter here picked me up, in an unmarked car, and brought me the rest of the way. I was there a long time and had a private room. That was 1994 but I still know the administrator and I donate to the shelter when in a position to do so.

Trinkets and stuff that I’m getting rid of are going to Goodwill and Freecycle. I’ve been thinning things out for awhile now. It’s amazing how much stuff can accumulate in a short period of time.


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