Trading a Paper Clip for a House.

One year and 14 trades later, Kyle MacDonald had successfully bartered a single, red-paper clip all the way up to a house (shown on the left)

MacDonald began his quest last summer when he decided he wanted to live in a house. He didn't have a job, so instead of posting a resumé, he looked at a red paper-clip on his desk and decided to trade it on an internet website.

He got a response almost immediately — from a pair of young women in Vancouver who offered to trade him a pen that looks like a fish.

MacDonald then bartered the fish pen for a handmade doorknob from a potter in Seattle.

And so forth, and so forth ... - via Metafilter

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