6 Tips for Participating in Barter and Trade

Are your closets crammed with things you never use? Is your garage overflowing with items you haven’t touched in 10 years? Don’t panic. Barter and Trade event is just starting, and you still have time to join in!

For newcomers to Barter and Trade Week, the concept is simple: come and exchange your goods for others that will be of better use to you. Barter and trade is based on the 4R principle: reduce, reuse, recycle and recover. The goal is for as many locals as possible to give their unwanted items a new life.

Here are six tips for making the most of the event:

1. Do a thorough house-cleaning

Emptying out your closet and organizing your garage is the best way to figure out what you no longer use. There’s no limit to the number of things you can bring in, so take the opportunity to free up some storage space. Don’t forget that the list of acceptable items includes clothes, dishes, books, CDs, DVDs, small appliances, electronics, furniture, sports equipment, toys and much more!

2. Organize your items

By categorizing the stuff you want to get rid of, you will save time when you arrive at Barter and Trade. The easier you make things for the volunteers who will welcome you and process the items you bring in, the faster you’ll be able to move on to the best part: finding new treasures.

3. Assess the condition of your items

This year, only items in good condition will be accepted. Particular attention should be paid to CDs, DVDs, small appliances and electronics. Make sure that these items are in working order before you bring them in.

4. Make an ad

For items that are hard to move, don’t hesitate to post an ad on the designated bulletin board. Here are four simple steps that will make you a master seller:

– Clean the item to bring its shine back.

– Make a list of its characteristics (size, colour, years of use, etc.).

– Take photos of the item.

– Enter your contact information clearly, so you can be contacted easily.

5. Don’t forget transportation

Plan ahead and bring reusable bags, cardboard boxes or even a trailer. This is a great opportunity to reuse the plastic bags that are sitting around in your kitchen cupboards.

6. Invite people to participate

Barter and Trade event is open to all. Invite your friends, family and colleagues to join in. The more goods we have, the better the chances of finding new discoveries. And rest assured: any items that don’t find a home will be donated to local organizations.

In short: the concept is simple, everyone is friendly, and no money needs to change hands. Drop by for a visit. We look forward to seeing you!


Friday, October 21 : 12 P.M. to 8 P.M.

Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23: 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.

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Isabelle Plouffe

As a communications advisor, Isabelle is involved in a variety of projects at Cascades. Her past projects include managing the launch of Cascades’ social media presence and the development of a strategy to attract our next generation of employees. She recently joined the Sustainable Development Department, and she is currently focusing on the Company’s internal communications. “I have the opportunity to work on innovative projects where the human dimension is in the foreground.” Isabelle has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a certificate in organizational communication. She began her adventure at Cascades in 2006.

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