Members of ITEX of South Florida can trade their goods and services for other things that they need, bartering for travel, automobile services, personal care, restaurants –multiple categories of items are available for purchase with ITEX dollars.
There are many fine restaurants and entertainment venues available through ITEX where you can get a good meal, have a party or enjoy a drink with business colleagues, family or friends.
But in Miami, there’s a bar that’s fully embracing the bartering concept in a different way, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.
There’s a cocktail bar and restaurant called in Wynwood where patrons can get drinks without paying money if they have something old that they can offer in trade instead.
Owners Richard Barrenechea and Matt Ohashi opened the venue Dec. 21.
Barrenechea and Ohashi said bartering is popular with millennials, and that’s their target audience. They pointed out that in frontier days in America, people used to trade with gold, and now they trade with Bitcoin.
Bartering is a trend that’s popular and appealing among people who are trying to make a living in the “gig economy” driven by services like Uber and Lyft.
In exchange for credit, a bar tab or sometimes even cash, Barter will accept that’s old but still functions, like lamps, typewriters, cash registers, sports memorabilia, watches and clocks, and mid-century modern furniture.
The inside of the venue is decorated with 30 multicolored birdcages that hand from the ceiling and contain vintage items like manual typewriters.
The menu offers South American street food and pub. Dishes include hamburger sliders and avocado bowls, Colombian empanadas and tostones and vegetarian skewers.
And what if you don’t have any old stuff laying around that you want to trade for food and drink? Can people still pay with cash at Barter? Of course, and the owners expect that the majority of people will pay the traditional way. But they are just trying to make things fun.