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Barter Fest is a quarterly event in which barterists unite to swap goods and services. Barter Fest is hosted by St. Louis bartering groups The Cowry Collective and underWAREs in an effort to bring the bartering community of St. Louis together. Hopefully, by experiencing the beauty of bartering at Barter Fest, you will be inclined to make future trades with barterists you’ve met!

Why barter? As we’ve witnessed, bartering is a unique form of community building. Strangers within the same neighborhood can build relationship and address each other’s needs through their own skills and capabilities. We are truly supporting local while knowing exactly where are goods and services are coming from. It is also a way an alternative to using the conventional dollar.

You don’t have to wait until Barter Fest to start trading! Check out the participating bartering groups. Both are open to new barterists at any time.

The Cowry Collective
Learn more here.

underWAREs
Learn more here.

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