HAMPDEN — Hampden resident, Seth Poplaski, is trying to trade an office supply you probably have sitting at home until he gets a house.
“I mean yeah, it’s crazy,” he said.
He started with a paperclip.
“To some led lights. From led lights to a wine rack. From a wine rack to some scentsy warmers and some melts. From that I went to a blender,” said Poplaski.
Poplaski said he was inspired by a TED Talk discussing what a paperclip could be worth.
From there, and in just a month’s time, he traded his way to a riding lawn mower.
“There were a few where I had trades that I made and I’m like, ‘I wonder how long I’m going to keep this?'” Poplaski said.
He’s trading with friends and strangers in the area through Facebook Marketplace. He’s also grown a following of nearly 800 people.
“It’s been pretty unbelievable to see where I am now compared to where I was a month ago,” he said.
Where does it go from here? Poplaski said he’s had two people reach out. One looking to trade a motorcycle, another a Honda Accord.
He’s not sure how long it will now take to get a house. If the timing isn’t right, but the goal is achieved, he said he’ll give the house to someone who may need it.
“In the grand scheme of things this is more just a social experiment more than anything,” Poplaski said. “I just want to see how far I can go and it really is, like I said, a community builder in a time where I feel like people need some kind of positivity so I’m trying to bring it to them.”