Check it out: She traded up from a bobby pin to a house, and now she's offering to trade for a pin to start all over again
· Jan 25, 2022 ·

Demi Skipper started with a single bobby pin, and after a year and a half of various trades, she finally reached her goal of trading up to a house.

That's no small feat in this housing market.

Skipper was inspired after watching a Ted Talk by Kyle McDonald, the guy who traded a paperclip up to a house in 2006.

She chronicled the 28 trades it took to go from a bobby pin (worth approximately .01 cents) to a small home in Tennessee on TikTok. Her account, @Trademeproject, went from 0 followers to more than 5 million over the course of 18 months.

Watch the video for a recap of all her trades and her seeing the house for the first time:

Some of the trades included a pair of earrings for a set of margarita glasses, a vacuum for a snowboard, and later a diamond necklace for a Peloton. One of the weirder trades was 3 tractors for a Chipotle celebrity card.

Now that she's reached her goal of getting a house from a bobby pin, Skipper is offering to trade the house for a single bobby pin so she can start all over again (and basically gift the house to someone in need.)

She already has her next trade lined up, courtesy of Ellen DeGeneres.

Everyone comb through your carpet for those lost bobby pins - you could become the next owner of a cute little house in the great state of Tennessee!


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