I went to the Tonasket Barter Fair in 1998 and the only advice that comes to mind is: bring lots of money because that's about the only thing people are bartering for there. We found a blown glass vendor who was down to trade for mushrooms and nugs but everyone else seemed to be about that money.
I went last year. It was my first Barter Fair in 24 years. At the Ferry County and North Port Fairs, in 1994, at least most people were local homesteaders and the entertainment was obviously there kids' bands. I miss that.
Last year, at Tonasket, my initial reaction was that I was a bewildering flea market for potheads. After I got settled in and slept, I felt better the next day, but still felt like there where a lot of people selling things.
There is some good stuff in terms of sculpture and music.
I found one farmer from the Methow valley. She said she and her husband had come because they had heard stories about the old days. They'd set up their farm stand, but I guess no one was buying local vegetables.
It really wasn't bad, I just packed a lot of old expectations. Don't do that.
The first $50 in donations go towards paying our monthly server fees and adding new features to the website. Once this goal is reached, we'll see about feeding Matt that burrito.
Buy Matt a Beer
$35.00 of $75.00
Now that we have the bills paid for this month, let's give Matt a hearty thank you by buying him a drink for all the hard work he's done for StP. Hopefully his will help keep him from going insane after a long day of squishing website bugs.
Feed Matt a Burrito
$35.00 of $100.00
Now that the bills are paid and Matt has a beer in his hand, how about showing him your love by rewarding all his hard work with a big fat burrito to put in his mouth. This will keep him alive while programming new features for the website.
Finance the Shopping Cart
$35.00 of $200.00
Now that the bills are paid and Matt is fed, perhaps it's time to start planning for those twilight years under the bridge... if only he had that golden shopping cart all the oogles are bragging about these days.
I feel uncomfortable with all of the transphobic micro-aggressions being thrown around here lately. I also feel uncomfortable standing up in defense of trans folk, me included, in fear of developing discourse without the consequence of proper accountability.