Open for Trade!

Open for Trade!

When you think about it, most people go to work to earn money so that they can buy the things they want.  Wouldn’t it be great if we could skip that step?  Thousands of years ago they didn’t use money; instead they traded.

Think about when you buy something.  You look at the price tag, maybe spend a second or two wondering whether you want to pay that amount and, if so, you hand your money over.  Sometimes people don’t even think about the price; they just pay for it.  Do you think many people stop and think about how it was made, who made it, what it’s made from, how much time and energy was put into creating it?

Now think about when you trade for something.  If you are trading for something that you’ve made or grown, you know how much time and energy has gone into it.  You value what you are trading with.  Likewise, you will have more of an appreciation for what you are trading for.  You will understand how much time and energy the other person has put into creating their piece.  To me that seems so much better – an exchange of energy and appreciation.

‘Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

Oscar Wilde

So, I have decided that, as much as possible, I am going to “skip” the money bit in my life and in my business.  Of course I’m still going to need money for things like electricity, rent, telephone, fuel, etc so if you want to ‘trade’ with cash, then that’s great.  There will still be a price tag on each item on my website and you can still order and pay for goods that way.

However, for those of you who want to trade for energy or goods, then this is how it’s going to work …

If you see something on my website that you like and have something that you would like to trade for it, please send me an email with a link to that item and tell me what you would like to exchange for it and attach a photo.  If I’m open to the trade, then I will let you know and we can work out postage and anything else that might be needed.  I will also send you a coupon code which will take away the $ amount when you order it.

Trade will apply to all products in my shop and online.  I am also opening this trade option up for my Introduction to Handcrafted Leather workshops however, as there are supplies that need to be purchased, this will be half money, half trade.

Here’s a list of some things I can think of right now that I’d like to trade for.  However, this is not “it”.  I’m always open to other things, so – just ask!

– Viking wares – woodcraft, jewelry, clothing, etc

– Viking equipment – blacksmithing, woodwork, etc

– Lessons in woodworking, self-sufficiency, creating a garden of edible plants

– Gardening

– Car maintenance/repairs

– Home grown food – veggies and fruit, eggs, milk, cheese, etc


Please allow 1-2 working days for me to reply to your email.

I will consider all trade offers however please understand that there will be some that I do not need or want.  Please don’t take this personally.  If there is an item of mine that you really want, then please send me a message – there maybe something else we could trade.

Thank you for taking an interest in trading!



Elizabeth :)