The Thirsty Camel Cafe

Barter Day

A great big thank-you to everyone who came in for lunch on Friday November 27th. To celebrate Buy Nothing Day, The Thirsty Camel was only serving lunch to patrons on a barter basis, and not accepting money in payment for food at all.

Considering this radical means of exchange catches most customers by surprise, we gladly accepted IOUs throughout the afternoon. We look forward to receiving our trades from the people that came in for lunch that day. But there’s one important thing we want anyone who still owes us their barter to remember: it can be something you grew, made, canned, or created. It can be music you compile or play for us. It can be a poem. It can be an amazing book that’s been sitting on your shelf for a long time and that needs to be passed on. It can be anything you think is equal to the value of your lunch. But it can not be something you bought.

Our goal in accepting barter exchanges on Buy Nothing Day is to honour the idea of abstaining from using money for at least one day out of the year, and also to encourage you, our customers, to consider your consumption habits, your relationship to money, your relationship to work and capitalism in general. We hope we gave you something to think about! Thanks for participating!

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