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Trade Me Project: A TikToker’s quest to trade a bobby pin for a house

Think you’re street smart? Well, an entrepreneur on TikTok just got herself a tiny home from a single bobby pin — talk about hustle culture.

On May 19, 2020, Demi Skipper posted her first video on TikTok under the user @TradeMeProject. The 29-year-old declared that she was on a mission to trade a bobby pin for a house. While it may sound crazy, she was actually inspired by Kyle McDonald who became a homeowner after successfully trading his way from a paperclip. Her rules are simple: no trading to friends or family, and no money involved, or altering the item for a better trade.



♬ original sound – Demi Skipper

Over the course of a week, Skipper’s profile surged in popularity. As of writing, she has over 4.5 million users who have been following her journey on TikTok. From what started as a side project to pass the time over quarantine, she never expected to go viral on the platform.


I’m trading a bobby pin all the way to a house – the biggest trade yet #fyp #trademeproject

♬ Coffee for Your Head – Vinyll

With the goal of beating McDonald’s record of one year, Skipper has already acquired a tiny mobile cabin within six months. However, it didn’t come without its fair share of challenges. At one point she accidentally traded an item for a lesser value.


I need your help @parishilton #fyp #trademeproject

♬ In Love With You – BLVKSHP

While she may technically already have a home, she is hoping to trade the cabin for a proper house.

Her most interesting trades include a pair of expensive sneakers for an iPhone 11 Pro Max, and a fitness bicycle for a Ford Mustang. Watch her most recent TikTok below to catch up on all her trades:


What a wild year it’s been! Let’s get this house! Inspiration Credit: My wonderful friend @mikaylanogueira 💕 #trademeproject #Bye2020 #NewYearNewMiO

♬ follow tj_yeslad – TJ


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