A decade of Internet superstars: where are they no...
Kyle MacDonald: "One Red Paper Clip"
Proof that anything is possible, Kyle MacDonald stepped into the international spotlight when he sought to trade a single red paperclip for a new home back in 2005. After a year of bartering and 14 trades later, MacDonald did it — swapping a role in a movie for a two-story farmhouse in Canada. His quest was covered by major media outlets and even won MacDonald a spot in the "Guinness Book of World Records" under the heading "Most Successful Internet Trade."
Fast-forward to today, and Kyle's back on the trading block. This time, he's trying to see what kinds of interesting things he can get for the house he worked so hard to earn. "My wife Dom and I lived in the red paperclip house for some time and then decided we'd like to live near our families," he says. "We'd like to trade the house because it's kinda sitting empty most of the time, and it'd be great if somebody was in there!" As to his barter options, MacDonald is playing his cards close to the vest. He will reveal only that he has received 300 offers so far. "I'm keeping them all a secret until I make my decision who to trade with," he says.
MacDonald also keeps busy promoting his recent book about the adventure and renovating houses in his Canadian community.
A decade of Internet superstars: where are they now?