April 15, 2012 at 8:48 pm #256867
I started a thread about this some years ago you can find that thread here
I just thought I would put in a bit of a plug here if anyone is interested.
From this site:
LETS (Local Energy Trading System) is a community based non-profit trading system that enables its members to exchange a wide variety of goods and services using little or no cash. It is a method of trading which depends on energy, skills and time instead of money, exchanging a unit of local currency, not as an alternative to conventional money but to complement the current system of trade.
The Adelaide LETS group is starting to get into the web-based world, and I’m hoping that this will mean more trading outside of just the monthly market. I have even traded with people interstate, sending things through the post.
If this sort of thing interests you feel free to check out any or all of these sites
Main site used for actual trades, you can also join up here (new members are always welcome)
Adelaide LETS website (under construction)
3/9/13 ETA: We now have:
Facebook page, so please “like”
Newsletter which can be viewed at (including past issues, and feel free to use the subscribe feature if you want to be emailed future newsleters)April 16, 2012 at 3:13 pm #523476RobyneMember
We have 2 Buy Sell and swap locally one in Goolwa and the other in Victor Harbour. To join you have to know someone but their are some idiots on it already and they spoil for the ones who want to use it properly.
Son got a trampline free for daughter and a sand box for her. He also got rid of all her baby toys went to someone who could use them.April 17, 2012 at 1:46 pm #523477
Robyne, so is that sort of like freecycle??April 17, 2012 at 10:46 pm #523478mumof6Member
not like freecycle were you are offering things for free no strings, LETs is a batter system were there currencey is valued by the effort or energy one puts in ie 3 hours to make can be swapped for 3 hour of say baby sitting services ie trade labour for skill or product for service.
I wish there was one running in NE Vic round Wangaratta I would join. 🙂 😉April 18, 2012 at 12:30 am #523479RobyneMember
The one in our area has things for sale as well as giving things away.
I sold a few things that I didn’t need any more and I gave away things like old poles, some old fencing material.April 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm #523480fruitfulMember
I’m (was???) a member of the Adelaide LETS group and went to some of the markets (years ago) but when we moved out to Gawler I kind of gave it away because it was just such a LONG way to go. It was good because you could put up things you didn’t want or things you had made, excess from the garden etc etc, I kinda miss it now!!April 18, 2012 at 3:15 pm #523481
Fruitful, if you were a member I’m sure you still are, depending on how long ago you are talking about, things might have changed a bit.
Now all the “trades” are done over the internet, not through the old paper system, the Seller enters a “transaction” on the CES website (http://www.community-exchange.org/) and units are exchanged between the two parties accounts
I joined up around 2005 when they had markets at the Salisbury RSL, now they have combined with the One Planet Market at Payneham which occurs each month on a Saturday morning. I have been to one but being so far away it is hard to get to especially considering Saturday mornings are our time we do fruit and veg, and do all our shopping at our “country shops” which are only open on Saturdays until mid day.
I’d love to have more “local” people to trade with, do you remember your trading number (it would have been something like ALSA####)April 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm #523482
Thanks for the heads-up about this, Vanessa. I went to one of the markets a while ago and it was lovely. Should really join up to find new homes for my excess herbs.April 21, 2012 at 3:37 pm #523483
What excess herbs do you have?? Are you talking about plants or just bunchesApril 21, 2012 at 10:32 pm #523484
My herb garden has been self seeding all summer long! I’ve got seedlings of chives and garlic chives, HEAPS of marjoram, some nasturtiums, rocket, purple sage and aloes. I’ve also got wormwood and rose geranium that I can spare cuttings of. I really love that rose geranium. You rub it between your fingers and all you can think of is Turkish Delight (a family favourite)! Let me know if you want any. I live just a few streets away from Bel if you want to drop by sometime.April 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm #523485RavykMember
Mudhen, I’d be interested in some of the herbs…always need more herbs! And I cant for the life of me get chives to grow [along with spring onions].April 22, 2012 at 1:09 pm #523486fruitfulMember
I’m pretty sure I came across my membership number the other day while looking through some paperwork – I’ll try to find it again.
Maybe we could start up something more local to us out this way, surely it wouldn’t take much??? :blink: When I was a member, they had already stopped the markets in Salisbury (we lived there you see) and there was internet trading but I found that the internet wasn’t updated very well after enquiring about a couple of items and the seller had just forgotten to take them off the list when they were traded!!
Off to look for that number……April 22, 2012 at 2:38 pm #523487
Mudhen, I would love some of those. I love the rose geranium, it smells lovely!! My garlic chives have gone great and need to be divided, so I probably dont need any of that but I would love some of the others.
If you wanted to join up with LETS I’d be happy to trade you some “units” for them, or if you needed something else (I can get horse manure for free, and sheep and cow manure for fairly cheap) let me knowApril 22, 2012 at 2:46 pm #523488
Fruitful, if you send me your “real” name and I can see if it is in the list of current members on the trading site, if not send Sue and email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and get her to “resurrect” your membership and reset your password.
I did look into getting the Salisbury markets up and running again, but one of the reasons that they combined the existing markets with the One Plannet Market was insurance and public liability. I sort of stopped dead in my tracks because organising the market seemed to be enough of a headache let alone dealing with public liability, thats why I’m hoping that the facebook group etc will take off, not so much of a market, but more like here where people put out an offer, or a want and other people respond. Or there are GTG’s organised where people can come and swap/trade etcApril 22, 2012 at 11:35 pm #523489
No worries, Vanessa, send me a pm and we can work out a good time to come by and pick up. Do you still have lots of pig face? I’ve re-done my front garden and would love some for a ground cover if you still have some to spare. I don’t have time to join LETS at the moment but when things settle down I definitely will.
Ravyk, I was interested in the stinging nettles, got some but they didn’t survive but would love to have another go. I’ve been growing spring onions in pots by just planting the ones I’ve bought in a bundle at the market. You can just cut the tops off and they just keep on growing. If you have enough on the go, you don’t need to buy them anymore. Send me a pm as well and I’ll try and get some things potted up for you.
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