I scored a free home by trading up from a bobby pin

It’s the house that TikTok built.

A California woman is now a happy homeowner after trading up increasingly more expensive items over the past year and a half — starting with just a hairpin.

Demi Skipper, 30, declared on TikTok in May 2020 that she would swap her way up to a home — and did just that the day after Thanksgiving.

Skipper told The Post that she’s had the home value assessed and it’s worth $80,000 in its current state.

“It has two bedrooms and one bathroom as well as a giant backyard,” she said.

In the months since she began, Skipper, who lives in San Francisco, acquired everything from a Peloton bike to a diamond necklace, using each item to score a bigger, better asset. In total, she made 28 trades, according to her TikTok and Instagram, where she documented the ambitious endeavor, dubbing it the Trade Me Project.

Demi Skipper traded a bobby pin for a home in Nashville, Tennessee.
TikTok

“I’m trading a bobby pin up until I get a house,” she said in her first video, which was followed by a trade for cheap earrings, then four margarita glasses, a Bissell vacuum cleaner and so on. Skipper, who is a product manager at Cash App, said she used Craigslist, eBay and Facebook to make the trades one at a time.

For instance, she found someone online in need of a carpet cleaning to give her a $95 snowboard in exchange for the vacuum. After that, she traded the snowboard for a $180 Apple TV 4K.

Skipper said the home has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom as well as a giant backyard.
Skipper said the home has two bedrooms and one bathroom.
Demi Skipper
The Nashville property also has a giant backyard, according to Skipper.
The Nashville property also has a giant backyard, according to Skipper.
Demi Skipper

Often, she upgraded after finding out what people were willing to take a loss for. For example, when she found someone desperate for the $320 Xbox she scored, he was willing to part with his MacBook Pro, which cost about $400. When she found a man who wanted her Jordan 1 Reverse Shattered Backboards, she told him she would part with the coveted sneakers for an iPhone 11 Pro Max.

The bobby pin that started it all.
The bobby pin that started it all.
Demi Skipper

Skipper amassed more than 5 million followers on TikTok documenting her scheme. As her project gained steam, she appeared in a sponsored video for Chipotle, which helped her get even closer to her home. The fast-food company reached out to her about trading her three tractors for a “celebrity card,” which gives the cardholder free burritos for a year plus a catered dinner.

Skipper and her husband will now renovate the home for someone else.
Skipper and her husband will now renovate the home for someone else.
Demi Skipper

The bigger-ticket items included multiple kinds of cars, a tiny cabin, an electric bike food truck and a trailer equipped with a Tesla Powerwall 2 — the latter of which led to her home in Nashville, Tennessee, on the day after Thanksgiving.

Skipper traded a Peloton bike for a 2006 Ford Mustang GT Deluxe.
Skipper traded a Peloton bike for a 2006 Ford Mustang GT Deluxe.
TikTok

“I can’t believe this,” she said in a video after seeing her house for the first time. “A year and a half of trading a single bobby pin until I get a house, and I’ve done it. And look at it, this just shows you — it’s possible!”

Skipper told The Post she’s planning to meet with the recipient of her first trade — at her new digs.

“For this first trade, I went to several Facebook groups and posted that I was hoping to find a trade for a single bobby pin until I got a house,” she said. “After many rejections, I finally found Abbie who offered me a pair of earrings she got for her birthday as long as I invited her to the house in the end.”

Skipper added that she and her husband will make the move to Tennessee from California in January — but only temporarily.

This month, Skipper and her husband moved into the house.
This month, Skipper and her husband moved into the house.
TikTok

“I will be renovating the house and trading the house to someone who really needs it for a bobby pin. From there, I will start again,” she said.

She wasn’t the first to trade her way up to a house. In 2007, entrepreneur Kyle MacDonald traded a giant red paperclip for a two-story home.


https://nypost.com/2021/12/14/i-scored-a-free-home-by-trading-up-from-a-bobby-pin/