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My Red Paperclip

Updated on August 31, 2012

My Red Paperclip

I have been reading My Red Paperclip, a book about a guy called Kyle MacDonald, in Canada who bartered up from a red paperclip and eventually ended up with a house-So this is a work in progress - a huge experiment for fun!!

So Read on..... This is the story of My Red Paperclip- a book in the making!!

What have you got to swap?

I have a red paperclip to swap for something else-What Have you got to swap for it?

I live in the Mablethorpe area (Lincolnshire UK) so any swaps outside this area will have to be by post for obvious reasons, I can sort out photo's via. email if necessary!!

All My exchanges will be photographed or filmed as far as possible and put onto this squidoo lens (maybe via youtube) for everyone to see while my experiment progresses.

Please Email with your offers (keep it clean!!) to:

One Red Paperclip Video

My Thanks to Leigh Ann for sending me this link-Enjoy!!

Will you start me on my journey?

I have had a couple of unusual offers, thank you-you know who you are!!

I shall leave this for another couple of weeks to see what else comes in, Please email me with your swaps at

Please start me off!!

Hey, still waiting for offers nearer to Grimsby, I still do not have my first swap-Anyone got something near to Grimsby to start me off?

Maybe this will help.

I found an interesting UK based website so have posted my red paperclip on there to see what happens

241 days in and I have my first swap!!


Jaguar Julie has offered my first swap, I have emailed her to arrange the process as she lives in the good old U. S. of A and I live in UK.

I am very honoured by this kind gesture as she is a Squidangel and was voted Giant Squid of the Year in the 2008 Giant Squid Awards Competition, sponsored by the Giant Squid Organizers.

New Text with BIG Picture

Got the Link Julie,

I took a peep at the bag and it is absolutely gorgeous, are you sure you want to swap this for my humble paperclip?

And So it Begins.....

Jaguar Julie is sending me the pink oops, Gold Bag through the post as she lives in USA and I live in UK,

I am excited as the experiment begins and my hands tremble as I write out the address on my bubble envelope to send her My Red Paperclip...

The Red Paperclip has Gone and My Next Swap Item is..... - Thanks for the description Julie.

This Lovely Awesome hanging heart mirror with chain that tucks into

a heart shaped pocket on the front of the bag--cute!!!

Cute carrying handle with 11 inch drop

Silvertone hardware

Silvertone rings and grommets attach the carrying handle

Tan faux leather trim and accents

Matching zippered top opening

Black, satiny lined interior

Interior side zippered pocket

Made of simulated leather that is easy to clean

What will you swap for this Must-Have High Fashion Accessory?

Please Email me at with your offers.

Well, what are you waiting for?

You have taken the trouble to read this blog, you know what the latest swap is, take a look around you to see what you have spare get in touch and make me an offer...


What will you offer?

You have been interested enough to read this lens, so now it's time to get involved, what are you going to offer me for the bag?

This section is for your stories about things you have swapped, and your comments about my Red Paperclip lens and experiment progress.

What have you swapped?

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      ben1hen 6 years ago

      Just found your page, I too am starting a swap challenge, inspired by one red paperclip.

      Looks like your well on your way with that bag!

      Good luck to you!

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      Catalysthere LM 6 years ago

      @julieannbrady: Still waiting for a swap for your lovely bag Julie!!

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      Catalysthere LM 7 years ago

      @VarietyWriter2: Unfortunately, not my own-I am having fun with it though!!

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      Catalysthere LM 7 years ago

      @Ramkitten2000: Nothing yet, it's still a bag!!

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      Catalysthere LM 7 years ago

      @julieannbrady: Thank you ever so much for the kind comment, I still have the beautiful bag you sent me, no swap yet, but we are having a swapmeet here in Theddlethorpe on 18th September and your bag will be there, I shall post as soon as I get a swap for it so that you can see what happened!!

      Bye for now.................

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Ah, yes ... I did happen to come across your package recently as I was packing up some things ... and thought about that red paper clip ... and wondering what happened next? Congrats on the 120 lenses.

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      VarietyWriter2 8 years ago

      Great idea!

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Oh, how fun! I remember reading about the guy who traded up from a paperclip to a house. It'll be great to see what your red paperclip turns into!

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      Sherry Venegas 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Hey that bag is perfect for the next wedding that needs to be attended. My husband has 12 siblings. I have quite a few nieces and nephews. I will make it my traditional wedding bag. Let me look around.

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      Catalysthere LM 8 years ago

      [in reply to Joan4] Still waiting Joan......

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      Well -- I'm surprised that there are no takers for that cute purse -- wouldn't it be cool to see it making its way across Europe -- Asia -- and around the world?

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      GrowWear 9 years ago

      What a cool thing to do, JaguarJulie. Can't wait to see what you get next, Julie S.!

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      Well, my dear -- I must tell you that I am color-blind in that I said pink and I meant GOLD! Ooops. Ah, same bag but different color. The bag is jetting its way to you as we speak! You can find a picture here:

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      Catalysthere LM 9 years ago

      [in reply to JaguarJulie] Yes please, I shall email you as I live in UK!!

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      I have a pink metallic handbag with a heart-shaped mirror that fits into an outside pocket. I live in N.E. Florida. Can you cook? Hubby likes to eat. ;)

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      Joan4 9 years ago

      Fun idea for a lens! nice layout too! Thinking what I could swap. I shall return! lol

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      Catalysthere LM 9 years ago

      Thank you for your comments, Businessonapage, I am happy to be an inspiration for others, now, who has something (anything) to swap me for this red paperclip?

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Thank you for your feedback and letting me join your group. This lense gave me an idea for a new lense about "the impossible". I wonder what your aiming to finally trade for, with your red paperclip? Maybe you'll get it in less than 14 trades?

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      Cheryl Kohan 10 years ago from Minnesota

      I have nothing to trade with you but just watching the One Red Paperclip video is worth five stars! Good luck to you.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Bartering is fun and profitable! Good luck on your trading adventure.


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