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From Cam The Cuddler of CuddleLife.com

Like trading for stuff without using money? Would you like to get rid of some extra junk? Put a “Take One, Leave One” blanket in a public area like I did. Watch the new HD #survivalbros video, then read more about this fun Art project below.

This project was a success! Hundreds of people stopped, and contributed to “The Art Show”. I call it a free trading platform, or an exchange, which I facilitated, and curated. It encouraged beachcombers to give, and consider the value of their trading item. Sure some people took and didn’t leave, or left and didn’t take. A few kids picked up fond objects like pieces of shells, or rocks, and got the toy they wanted. The children would not be denied, and many made multiple trades, which I found amusing.

For the most part, I stayed out of it, and watched the developments from a nearby bench. I straightened it up a few times, and threw away trash. I will say it’s annoying when people leave their business card, and take a cool item, but I didn’t intervene. The Take One, Leave One project had a life of it’s own…

The sweetest moment happened when a kid traded his football for earrings, and quickly gave them to his mother. No hesitation. Then he grabbed a stuffed animal, and got a toy for himself. All in a matter of 30 seconds! Ha. The children making multiple trades cracked me up. They saw no limits to the possible trades. However, some parents wouldn’t even take time to explain this concept, or stop to let their kids even look at the show on the Promenade. They said things like, “I will get you a new toy from the store instead.” Fine. Buy everything then, ya Trendy.

This concept blew minds. People had never seen this before. It got people thinking, which is good. Proving, small ideas in tiny spaces can leave a big, and unexpected impact. However, I have set this up before in a busy area: read Part One HERE!!!

What would you have taken, and left for other people? Leave a comment!

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By Cameron McKirdy

I spent the weekend on the Oregon Coast in Seaside, and had spare time to experiment with a new Art project.  First, I dug through a recycling bin for cardboard to create a small handmade sign with a permanent pen.  Then I rounded up some fun objects I didn’t need anymore, like a Smokey The Bear keychain whistle.  These goods would be available to begin the open bartering.  I spread out a towel, and placed the trinkets on The Prom’s concrete path.

With little effort, and few resources, a self-serve system was born.  A take one, leave one blanket is a place where an item of any kind can freely be exchanged as you see fit.  Share this concept with people in your town.  You wouldn’t believe the response.  Nearly every biker, and pedestrian stopped their forward progress to figure out what was going on.  This open trading system seemed to inspire, confuse, and even make some people greedy.  

I may have seen people taking without giving, thinking nobody was looking, but I’m not sure.  Others had no issue taking nice items, like a Tree of Life necklace pendant, and replacing it with trash.  I found the blanket riddled with wrappers, cardboard scraps, and even half of a marijuana cigarette.  Take a close look at the pictures, and you’ll see other small stuff, like a paperclip, pocket change, flower, price tag sticker, and a pile of sand from the beach.

I discretely checked back every few hours for a day, and saw some of the action in person.  People generously placed beautiful possessions with little hesitation.  There were cool things left behind that I didn’t get a picture of, because I didn’t want to interrupt the process.  My favorite moment was when a 12-year old girl named Krystin Crawford set down her hand painted sand dollars.  She took a braided piece of grasses someone constructed.  The girl enjoyed sharing the Art she made, and getting involved.  See her craftsmanship below.  The found, and re-purposed shells were adorable.  Krystin and her mom came back to the free exchange place the following morning with a positive attitude.  Everything had changed.  This artist endeavour has restored my faith in humanity once and for all, despite some shady, but acceptable transactions by others.

In conclusion, I will try this social experiment again.  I was thrilled to see this interactive art piece evolve rapidly.  I saw joy on many of the participants faces.  This free trading system can be implemented anywhere, at anytime.  Let’s spread the concept, and see the random generousity of others displayed in public.  And remember, you’ll usually get more than you give.  Leave a comment, or question if you like.  Thanks for visiting Survival Bros.

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Wikipedia information on Bartering and Gift Economy

Oregon Country Faire Take One, Leave One blanket from 2015

Oregon Country Faire Take One, Leave One blanket from 2015

This picture courtesy of Regina Mattingly

By Cameron McKirdy

The colors! Witness two magical rainbows going into the Pacific Ocean water. Filmed in HD video on the Prom near 12th Ave. in Seaside, Oregon. Produced by http://www.cameronmckirdy.com  More fun movies, and van dwelling Vlogs coming soon.  The Volkswagen Vanagon is still putting around.  Thanks for visiting my website.  Have you ever seen a double rainbow in person?  It was awesom.  I love The Universe.

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insta rainbowsMan walking Seaside, OR Promenade soaks up The Rainbows