The Vancouver dailies included scores of pages of ads. Many of them were corporate material just trying to sell you stuff; but a significant number were “swap” ads, where individuals offered up something in exchange for something else. For example, on Saturday 3rd February 1923, someone offered a short silk plush coat with fur collar and cuffs in exchange for “anything useful.”
Someone else was willing to swap their Edison phonograph and records for a heater or pullets.
A bed with dresser, skates and boots, a Briscoe roadster “in good shape,” 40 acres of unimproved land in the Okanagan, an 8-day clock and a Mackinaw coat were offered. A late model light touring car, a lot in South Vancouver, chickens, and a modern typewriter were sought after items.
Several people offered help around the property in exchange for rent.
It was an efficient way to recycle and re-use.
Source: Sun 1923 Feb 3, p.10
Fantastic, a lovely snippet of life a century ago. Chickens were and still are a valuable commodity!