Barter for Smarts at Trade School
I’m sure you woke up several mornings in college and thought, “Man, I wish I could pay for this in bushels of corn or jars of marbles.” And then when you graduated, you’re probably dissapointed every month when Sallie Mae refuses your offer of a dozen homemade cupcakes instead of your monthly payment. For a few short months, your bartering education dream can come true. Just go to Trade School, and you can pay for classes in arrowheads, lists of sandwich ingredients and books of poetry.
Trade school sounds like something more likely to happen in Olympia, Wash. or Portland, but it’s in Soho. Instead of offering trade classes like welding, their course catalog offers The Philosophy of Plumbing 101, Basic Cartooning, WordPress Portfolios for Artists, Forestry, 19th Century Handsewing, etc. The teachers are all volunteers from the community who are professors, scientists, 10 year olds, artists and other people who are knowledgeable what what they teach. Rather than paying in actual currency, you pay your trade school teacher with an item from their list of practical (paper, pens), intangible (help learning Italian, restaurant recommendations) and random (anything aqua colored, flashlights) items. Each course is a one time, hour and a half session, so it’s perfect for broke-asses with limited attention spans. (And if you’re feeling extra ambitious, you can volunteer to teach a class and get strangers to bring you plastic ants, notebook paper and a taxidermy squirrel in exchange for your expertise). Make sure you register ahead of time, classes are filling up fast.
photo from sodahead.com
32 Prince Street at Mott Street [Soho, Manhattan]
Runs from February 2 to April 17
For complete list of classes, go here