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Ryan Trades Me 4 Stickers with Original Artwork for Pickled Eyeball Candle

Ryan, bARTer Sauce trader
Ryan, bARTer Sauce trader
Ryan, bARTer Sauce trader

This is the email Ryan sent me the morning after First Thursday

I always like to find out what happens to trades after they leave my hands and I thought you guys might be curious as well.....

Hey,
I don't remember what you said I was suppose to write to you about. Any-whoo, the eye candle that I received- we burned it after artwalk. Then I left it at my friends house. Just wanted to write you before I forgot.
XO
Ryan

Q: Where did you get the glasses you were wearing at First Thursday?

Jennifer Trades Me Doll Heads (with spines) and Arms for Rubber Bat Bat

A cat in a box wearing a rubber bat, bARTer Sauce
A cat wearing a rubber bat, bARTer Sauce
A cat wearing a rubber bat, bARTer Sauce
A cat in a box wearing a rubber bat, bARTer Sauce
A cat in a box wearing a rubber bat, bARTer Sauce
A cat in a box wearing a rubber bat, bARTer Sauce

Q. How did you hear about The Sauce?
A. I saw the display ad for bARTersauce when I was at the EtsySaver.com website. This ad made me curious. I wasn’t sure if I should eat it, wear it, or play with it. I had to go and find out!

Q. What % of your underwears have you made and what % have you bought?

Rebekah Trades Me a Doll Sculpture and Ceramic Necklace for 25 Door Plates and Ancient Dominos

Rebekah Norris, A bARTer Sauce trader
Rebekah Norris, A bARTer Sauce trader
Rebekah Norris, A bARTer Sauce trader

Rebekah made not one - but two - trades at the bARTer Sauce show at SideShow studios this summer

Thanks Rebekah! And just because I'm thankful doesn't mean that you'll get out of answering my "interview" questions. Mmmmwwwahahahahhahaha!

Q. How did you hear about The Sauce show?
It sounds like you came prepared with stuff to trade. Are you a friend of Nik's?

Cory Trades Me Wedding Day Disaster Barbie for Saint Adolph Wolfli

Cory Parsons and Saint Adolph Wolfli, A bARTer Sauce Trade

Even though Cory made something terrifying...

I still made her answer my "interview" questions. Read on in awe and wonder.

Q. How large is the largest stick you've ever dragged around behind you threateningly?
A: Well I have waved a pretend Harry Potter wand quite menacingly at people but I don't think I've dragged a large stick.

Q. Do you prefer crunchy or smooth peanut butter?

Nik Trades Me Elvis T-Shirt and Stand for Japanese Animal Toasts

Lucky Harms holding a Nicolas Caesar original painting

Note from The Sauce: Nik tries hard to remember the Sideshow Studios bARTer Sauce art show.

I think I should point out that it wouldn't be nearly as hard to recall if Nik would have sent me this story months ago when the art show actually took place. Ah well. 

Nik: 
So It's hard to recall the show. That was many drinks ago. But from what I remember it went like this - everyone who walked in was taken back. It was definitely an unfamiliar premise. And being that little or no cash was involved was really a shock. But as they ventured into unfamiliar territory they suddenly let their guards down to embrace that flea market kind of treasure-hunting excitement. People then remarked about all the things they had in their studios, garages, and attics. That wore off as soon as they were aware paperwork was involved. "What should I write?", they asked. "A story about anything", I replied, almost grudgingly because after the umpteen stories I've written for Barter Sauce these noobs can come up with at least one! (Note from The Sauce: I seem to remember a little grumbling from Mr. Nik as well. Perhaps.)

Some patrons actually did their research and came in ready to trade. Others were still confused and overcomplicated the easy. I still think the act of bartering is something the rest of the planet has a hard time relating to if they never worked retail. Every retail job I've had I've traded coffee for pizza and film for smoothies. As an artist I trade art for art. At bARTer Sauce I trade clown paintings for weird items. Watching Jerry Springer -  some women trade sex for chicken nuggets. It's all good.

Victor Trades Me The Horde I for Figure Drawing Book

bARTer Sauce Trader: Victor - with the Figure Drawing Book
bARTer Sauce Trader: Victor - with the Figure Drawing Book

Victor was subjected to my "interview" questions - as are all Sauce traders. He answered them like a perfect gentleman.

Q: How long is your beard?
A: My beard is very short. I'm not the hairy type you know...

Q: If you answered the first question by saying "I have no beard" - when did you shave it off?

A: I usually shave once per week XD...

Kimberly Trades me Creepy Angel Trading Card for Stolen Unicorn Poster

Kimberly Abraham with her new Unicorn Poster from bARTer Sauce

I forced Kimberly - as I do all Sauce Traders - to answer a bunch of meaningless, weird and sometimes insulting questions.

Here are Kimberly's answers: 

Q: How did you hear about bARTer Sauce?

Jessamyn Trades Me Decoupage Tape Box for Faux Fur Painting

Jessamyn and the Faux Fur Painting: An Item in bARTer Sauce
Jessamyn and the Faux Fur Painting: An Item in bARTer Sauce
Jessamyn and the Faux Fur Painting: An Item in bARTer Sauce
Jessamyn and the Faux Fur Painting: An Item in bARTer Sauce
Jessamyn and the Faux Fur Painting: An Item in bARTer Sauce
Jessamyn and the Faux Fur Painting: An Item in bARTer Sauce

Jessamyn was subjected to the normal "interview" questions. God bless her.

Q: What was the last thing you bought at a garage sale?
A: A jean vest with sweater sleeves sewn in, brand name "Don't mess with Texas".

Q: Where did you get the Liberace tape?

A: The Value Village

Q: Do you eat doughnuts because you like them - or just because they are there?

A: Both; I will take any reason to eat donuts

Dominique Trades Me Big Mouth Lady Collage for Woman Feeding Horse Painting

Dominique doing a bARTer Sauce trade.
Dominique doing a bARTer Sauce trade.
Dominique doing a bARTer Sauce trade.

I met up with Dominique in Occidental Park during the First Thursday Art Walk.

My studio is just a block away from there so I hauled the Woman Feeding Horse Painting over to his booth. He looked vaguely familiar and I couldn't quite place it for the longest time but then suddenly the other day I realized - he looks almost exactly like Bartlett Sher - previously the Artistic Director of Intiman Theatre where I spent a good four years of my life. He does have a twin brother. I wonder....

Eva Trades Me Animal Vocabulary Toasts from Japan for Fire Breathing Nun Painting

Eva - a bARTer Sauce trader
Eva's Friend Mikki who picked up her  bARTer Sauce trade
Eva's Friend Mikki who picked up her  bARTer Sauce trade

I was unable to torture Eva in person, but I did do a good job of bothering her online by sending her these millions of "interview" questions to answer.

We couldn't do the trade in person, but Eva sent Mikki to trade with me in her place. A trade Doppelganger?

Here are Eva's answers to my ever-present "interview" questions: 

Q: Why do you have the toasts?
A: I am naturally attracted to silly useless items.