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How this woman plans on trading a single bobby pin for a house

How this TikTok user plans on trading a single bobby pin for a house. Source: Getty

A woman on TikTok is vlogging the ultimate quest: trading a bobby pin for a house.

“Like everyone else in quarantine right now, I’m looking to do something a little crazy for my friends on TikTok,” Demi Skipper said. 

“So here’s the plan, I’m trading a bobby pin until I get a house.”

Skipper’s ‘trademeproject’ account boasts 3.2 million followers, and she’s so far traded her way to a pair of Off White Nike Blazer sneakers, valued at US$750 (AU$1,091).

Skipper posts her items for trade on every platform you can think of: Craigslist, Facebook – you name it.

“I started with this bobby pin and earlier traded it for a pair of earrings to a girl on Facebook,” she said.

“Then I traded those earrings for Margarita glasses. Pretty nice ones too.”

That afternoon, Skipper found a trader for the glasses, who offered her a Bissell vacuum cleaner in exchange.

“After I got the vacuum cleaner, I cleaned up a few things before trading it again, like replacing a screw that was missing and using nail polish remover to get any scuffs off the side of the vacuum. Once it was cleaned up, I looked through over 1,000 trades until I found the right one.”

She then drove 30 minutes to meet a man in a parking lot, and traded him the vacuum for a snowboard.

“In just four trades, I’ve gone from a bobby pin to a snowboard.”

Eventually, she traded the snowboard for an Apple TV – which was worth double what the snowboard was.

From the Apple TV, she scored a pair of Bose noise-cancelling headphones, and traded those for an Xbox One and some accessories. 

That trade led to a MacBook Pro. 

“But I’m not stopping.”

If you think the idea is nuts, it actually isn’t: in 2006, Canadian blogger Kyle MacDonald bartered his way from a red paperclip to a house after 14 trades over the course of a year. 

MacDonald traded his paperclip for a fish-shaped pen. Eventually, he traded a KISS motorised snow globe for a role in a film called Donna on Demand.

He then traded the movie role for a two-story farmhouse in Kipling, Saskatchewan. 

“We had a huge housewarming party - over 3,500 people came to the town of Kipling – for an entire weekend,” MacDonald later revealed in a TedX Talk.

“People said to me, ‘wow you traded that red paperclip. Don’t you wish you had it back now? It’s got to be worth a lot of money’. 

“And I said, it wasn’t about the paperclip, or having it, or selling it, or what it’s worth. If I hadn’t traded away that red paperclip, I’d just be a guy sitting at a desk, holding a red paperclip, wondering what would have happened if I did something with the paperclip.”

So if you have a red paper clip, or a bobby pin, trade it away, MacDonald said.

“You might only get a fish pen, but it might be the single step that leads to an amazing journey.”

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