How long are we considered beginners? The more I know, the more I realize there is to learn. At what point do we reverse the ratio of ignorance to knowledge?
Really, just came here to share a very positive experience had by us yesterday. I've been trying to find a used chipper locally. Mostly because I hate buying new these days, feel like everything is junk or far out of price range. Rather buy old and pray it lasts, saving money for seeds and birds. Found one on CL in November for $200, offered half and barter but neither of us could come up with a consensus. Fast forward a few weeks, I had a little more $ and tried to find ad but it was gone. Assumed it sold I waited for another. Then I came across the original email while cleaning my inbox and tried again. I inquired if it was still available and I offered eggs, whole chickens and $150. All about the barter!
What happened next made our week. He replied he had some metal he couldn't haul due to an injury. Easy enough! But it got better. When we showed up he began telling us how he was relocating across the ocean and couldn't take it with him. Offered us lots of fencing, trellis', pots, his lonely laying hen (a beautiful bird!), a bucket of fresh kiwi and said he'd be giving us a call once he had everything wrapped up to collect hoses, an old cargo trailer...Wow. We also got some useful scrap metal as well as some cast iron decor that was in the pile. He also left me with $50 of the offer. So many useful blessings, as well as witnessing what he had created over the past many years. It was a beautiful day!
There are many ways to get things done. Don't be afraid to reach out and make offers. Even businesses may have some odd jobs they can barter for. Give something to get something though, don't expect it to be freely handed. He said he responded to my inquiry over two others because I offered SOMETHING, wasn't just looking for the discount. The worst response you'll get is "no," and we've all survived that before :)
“The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.” – B.B. King