I recently bartered with a friend. For a wooden puzzle, some random play food, and a Sit ‘n Spin, she gave me a large jar of dried cranberries and 25 fruit leather snacks. Like all successful bartering transactions, we both thought we had come out ahead.
I realize that freecycle isn’t technically bartering, since you don’t receive items from the same people you donate other things to. However, I think of it a great cosmic bartering, as the karmic energy enfolds you to blah blah blah.
As an added bonus, it smacks slightly of: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need. If you squint a little.