Yesterday I launched a new low-end yarn craft product line:
CountryNaturals Handcrafted Yarn Items
I certainly wouldn't turn down any cash sales, but I had 2 barter deals going by the end of the day. One was for MetzyMom's fabulous handmade lavender soap and the other for office supplies from MaggieMayBeCrafty.
This was an unexpected and pleasant surprise, but now I'm going to pursue this barter thing. I could have half of my Christmas shopping done before Labor Day, just doing what I do all the time anyway -- KNIT!
If you're experiencing a summer slump selling your your stuff through normal channels, why not go through your back stock and pick out low-end items that are easy to ship and try the barter system. There are loads of free places to advertise your swaps online. If you play your cards right, you could not only score a bunch of great merchandise but get a ton of free advertising for your online store and make some new friends and business contacts in the process.