Sometimes I offer barter opportunities for those who like collectible images but have no expendable cash. Here is a list I had for two June shows back in 2014. A few cash sales, but no barter. I particularly thought I’d get some takers on the “sandwich board sign wearers” suggestion.
In Watkins Glen we shall not engage in barter economy. All cash/credit/check sales.
Barter List. June 1- June 30, 2014
I will trade for a painting or commission. Here is how I value goods over money. Listed are a few needs I have off and on again, and would be happy to make an arrangement. For instance, if you inquire about a commission(s) by Christmas, I am always in need of some bulk harvest items in late fall, or Christmas cookies hygienically prepared by a careful hand. Make offers. Think about what a poor painter needs. Money can only play the part of an impatient middleman. It just brings worry in the abstract. I could buy the vegetables or the cookies, but then I would have to take time out from painting and/or being a family man to do the shopping. And time is what so many of us lack these days. The money value marked after the barter good is what I believe it would fetch on the market in a paper currency economy. Match that to the price list of my paintings. For instance if you want the music box (good anniversary gift), but don’t have $600.00 handy, and you’re a registered plumber by trade, replace my main shut-off and surprise your spouse with the joy of turntable music this year. I am open for offers. Try me.
Galleries get a commission on all purchases during show. If you choose to barter, a percentage of my request must be shared with proprietors. Of course, they must agree to it first. But who doesn’t eat potatoes or need plumbing work done?
50 lb. sack of potatoes, onions or squash… $25.00
10 lb. bag of pecans… $40.00
10 lb. bag unbleached white flour… $8.00
1 case of 28 oz. whole peeled tomatoes… $15.00
1 case Bordeaux red wine… $180.00
1 jar of pickles (or pickled equivalent)… $5.00
1 gallon maple syrup… $50.00
1 gallon honey… $30.00
Spices, herbs, dried peppers, mushrooms, etc… Negotiable
1 year of Internet… $480.00
1 year of Netflix or equivalent… $180.00
Lenses for a SONY Alpha 57 digital camera… $300.00-1500.00
New Apple 27” iMac… $2000.00
Electrical improvements to house (new wiring and main repair outside of house)… ?
1 8 oz. jar Golden Acrylics (heavy body) color………………………. $35.00
Canvases and gessoed hardboard (preferably the latter)… Negotiable
Paintbrushes (all sizes and shapes except the frilly kind that makes grass)… Same
Frames, frames, frames… Again, negotiable
Promotional or word-of-mouth advertising
•3 “Ron Throop—Good painter” schpeels daily for one month to different people each time… $50.00 (one month only)
•Sandwich board sign wearer across from religious proselytizers on corner of Bridge and West 1st Streets (or equivalent in Rochester) on two consecutive Saturday mornings… $100.00
Advocates (credentialed artists) to perform “Ron Throop—Great painter” schpeel once a month for a year at dinner parties where combined income of guests exceeds 6 million dollars annually… $65.00
Replace main shut off … $400.00 (must be insured)
Build a better bathroom off an existing one that is literally a water closet… Whole collection
1 ton manure or compost delivered and tilled… $250.00
Rototiller (rear tines)… Negotiable
Trade or purchase and install a high-efficiency fireplace insert… Negotiable
Purchase and install a new attractive enameled wood stove in library (actually the room between kitchen and living room. There is a bookshelf with books, so I call it a library)… Whole collection
3 face cords of well-seasoned hardwoods, delivered and stacked… 350.00
1 week in your timeshare south of Virginia… Whole collection if there are two bathrooms
Round-trip (preferably non-stop) airfare for three to a place with palm trees (good for 2014-2015 winter)… Negotiable
1 week trade of abodes plus maid service on your end if you have a residence outside of this state or country, preferably in a low crime area, and can have reputable references vouch that you’re not a dirty criminal… $100.00
Acoustic guitar with magically smooth action… $200.00
A horn or wind instrument… Negotiable
A violin… Negotiable
A day job
Something part time… $200.00
I am a cook by trade, and am very well versed in the professional and home kitchen. I can bake too, and be a home cook if you have a nice house without negative drama. Are you a doctor with little time on your hands to prepare and cook scratch comfort food for the family? For 25 hours a week I can shop and cook 5 dinners with leftovers. Menu planning would be a joy. I am the only saucier in Oswego worth the investment. I don’t smoke, spit, or tell tasteless jokes. I clean up after myself (dinner pots, pans and utensils—not dishes and silverware). I’ll wash my hands a lot and wear gloves when preparing uncooked foods. Fit me into your budget. I give back tenfold compared to that status Mercedes box of garbage on wheels depreciating in the driveway.
There. Let’s make a deal.