AN entrepreneurial TikToker has claimed to have swapped a hairpin worth 3p for a house after trading 28 times in 18 months.
Demi Skipper, 30, from San Francisco, California, started the Trade Me Project on TikTok and Instagram in May last year where she upgraded the bobby pin to shoes, electronics, and even cars until she received the keys to her home.
By last December, she had traded up to a Wildbound Tiny Cabin.
She could have stopped there but she had her heart set on a bigger and more permanent home.
So she continued to trade up for a Honda CRV, three tractors, a Chipotle celebrity card, and a £30,000 ($40,000) trailer with a Tesla Powerwall 2.
And then, finally, on the day after Thanksgiving, she made her 28th and last trade by swapping the trailer for her very own house near Nashville.
She then drove to nearby Clarksville to get the keys to her new house.
A video she uploaded on Saturday shows the moment she saw her house for the first time.
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All the trading step to her house swaps
- Bobby pin
- Marysol earrings
- Four margarita glasses
- Bissell vacuum cleaner
- Vision snowboard
- Apple TV 4K
- Bose noise-canceling headphones
- Xbox One, two games, two controllers, and a Kinect sensor bar
- Macbook Pro 2011
- Canon camera set
- Off-White x Nike Blazers
- Off-White x Nike Hypderdunks
- Nike Jordan 1 Reverse Shattered Backboards
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- 2008 Dodge Caravan
- Boosted Board V3 Plus
- 15" Macbook Pro 2017
- Electric Bike Food Truck
- 2006 Mini Cooper Convertible
- Diamond and sapphire necklace
- Peloton V3 Bike
- 2006 Ford Mustang GT Deluxe
- 2011 Jeep Patriot
- Wildbound tiny cabin
- Honda CR-V
- Three tractors
- Chipotle celebrity card
- Off-the-grid trailer with Tesla Powerwall 2
- House in Nashville, Tennessee
Demi says: “Oh my God. I can't believe this. A year and a half of trading a single bobby pin until I get a house, and I've done it.
“And look at it, this just shows you — it's possible!”
No mortgage was taken out and she paid no fees for the modest fixer-upper house, complete with a big garden.
Skipper, who also has a full-time job as a product lead at Cash App, set out on her journey during lockdown.
She documented it on TikTok, starting with no followers to 289,000 today.
Speaking to NBC News, Demi said the whole thing has been “so surreal.”
A year and a half of trading a single bobby pin until I get a house, and I've done it
She said: “People really have doubted me, and I certainly did at times during the journey, too.
“But I learned a lot about myself in the process, and I was really amazed by my ability to stick with it.”
Demi said she was inspired by entrepreneur Kyle MacDonald.
He managed to trade a red paperclip for a home in 14 steps in 2006.
MacDonald spent just a year on the 14 trades before completing the deal and moving into a two-story, three-bedroom farmhouse in Kipling, Canada.
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