How this American woman managed to replace a hairpin… with a house

At the age of 30, Demi Skipper is working on the mobile payment service Cash App. From her apartment in San Francisco (California) in May 2020, I came across a TED talk on YouTube. This lecture series is developed by a non-profit organization Seedling Foundation It aims to share “worthwhile ideas”.

And indeed, Demi is well inspired by the video in question. It tells the story of Kyle MacDonald, a Canadian blogger who in the 2000s managed to make a home out of a paper clip and after 14 consecutive exchanges. Then Demi Skipper decided to embark on a similar adventure based on a process as old as the world: barter.

The 30-year-old starts her business with a hairpin and imposes on her two main rules: don’t trade with people she knows and don’t spend money.

Sneakers, MacBook Pro, cars…

She clearly started small, swapping her clasp for a pair of pink earrings. Then the earrings are replaced with four glasses of Margarita, they are replaced with a vacuum cleaner …

Demi Skipper spends hours on the American classifieds site Craigslist and on the Facebook Marketplace to find buyers for her stuff. She has posted the project on TikToktrademeproject (4.9 million followers and 73.6 million likes), Instagram and YouTube, which helps her solidify the exchanges.

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In total, for 18 months, Demi Skipper carried out 28 laces that included three pairs of sneakers, a MacBook Pro, an electric bike with a food cart, four cars…

The penultimate product the young woman owns is the Chipotle Celebrity loyalty card, which offers one year of unlimited food at fast food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill. This card is rare, and it is given only to a few celebrities who agree to promote chain restaurants on social networks.

80,000 dollar house

Une habitante du Canada, fan inconditionnelle de la chaîne de restaurants, propose to Demi d’échanger cette carte contre une caravane d’une valeur de 40 000 dollars équipée de panneaux solaires et d’un Tesla Powerwall (système de batteries qui stocke l’ solar energy). Border closures due to Covid and delays in paperwork are delaying the exchange, but it is finally happening. Thus, the few months of the break leave time for Demi Skipper and her husband to think about the final trade-off… by perusing the house announcements.

Finally, a Clarksville, Tennessee, resident offered to replace the solar caravan with a tiny home she’s renovating near the Kentucky border. So, it’s always troubling that Demi Skipper and her husband find themselves owning a 70-square-meter, two-bedroom cottage, worth $80,000. All this instead of a simple hairpin!

The couple moved in last January and are currently working on completing the home renovation while keeping the sponsor confidential.

“Once I get the house back, my plan is to replace it with another haircut…Demi Skipper said in an interview Washington Post. I will give the house to someone who really needs it, and start the adventure again…”

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