CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Trading up from a bobby pin to a house, it’s like something straight out of a school cafeteria, swapping snacks with friends.
Due to the power of trading, a home in Montgomery County, Tennessee, is now off of the market following a viral TikTok campaign.
In May of 2020, Demi Skipper set off on a quest to make one trade at a time — starting with a single bobby pin — with the goal of ending with a house. “I thought it was going to take five years,” Skipper said. “A year and a half and 28 trades isn’t nearly as bad as I thought.”
She posted the famed bobby pin all over social media and Craigslist, until a woman from Atlanta, Georgia said she’d take the bobby pin in exchange for some earrings.
The earrings eventually turned into a set of margarita glasses, a vacuum, snowboard, Apple TV — the list went on and on, increasing a little in value each time.
“We went from like a penny, probably less for a single bobby pin, all the way to $80,000,” said Skipper.
Skipper documented her journey on TikTok, sharing her success with more than five million followers.
“What people don’t see on TikTok is the thousands of people who said no to a trade before that one person says yes,” Skipper said.
The most recent yes, from two realtors from Clarksville, resulted in the exchange of a Montgomery County home for Skippers’ solar-powered trailer.
Soon enough, the Skippers will move cross-country from San Francisco to Clarksville, with plans to renovate the home.
“To be honest I was ready to trade for a house anywhere so to get to Clarksville, Tennessee, I was like, this is a dream come true, this is so much better than I ever thought,” Skipper said.
But the best is yet to come. In the spirit of giving, Skipper will be trading down, asking only for a bobby pin in exchange for the home.
Yes, you read that right: In a few months, Skipper will essentially be giving the home away for free.
Skipper says she plans to start all over again and continue trading items for homes indefinitely.