We need carpet. Badly.
Must have money to buy carpet.
Must have job to get money.
no job, no money; no money, no carpet.
maybe. maybe not.
Today I stopped in at two carpet stores and offered my labor (professional, manual, or otherwise) in exchange for all or some of the cost of new carpet. I half expected the managers I spoke with to laugh me out the door, or at least tell me, "no, sorry, we can't do anything like that," but instead both men I talked to thought it might be a great idea. Neither said it was a sure thing, but they both did say they would talk it over with their respective management teams/owners and "see what they could come up with."
So who knows...I may be lugging carpet rolls in a warehouse this summer, or maybe writing some advertising copy for a local carpet company, but if it means we can get some new carpet, then sign me up.
BTW, I technically do have a job (I'm a graduate instructor at Tech,) but with no summer work, we're having to get creative between now and September.