Last week I ran across a site called Whoopdwhoop. Have you heard of it? Their tagline is the “currency free creative marketplace.” It seems like a cross between Etsy and a craft swap – you send something you’ve made to someone who wants it for free, and in return you get points called “whoops” that you can “spend” on something someone else has made.
I like the idea, in theory. Unlike a straight-up swap, you don’t have to find someone who makes something you like who also likes something that you make. You just give what you make, and then you can request things that you like from someone else. It appeals, as someone I spoke to about it said, to my barefoot hippie tendencies. It remains to be seen how well it works – I get the feeling that the site is just getting started and there’s not a lot of variety yet. (Plus there seem to be a lot of tutus and hairbows listed, which…I don’t really need.)
Still! I’m excited to give it a try. I’ve already listed some of the jewelry that I’ve made (listing items is one way to get whoops) and if you’re interested, you can sign up here!