503 Main Street


In Kipling, Saskatchewan.  Canada. 

We've got a house! On Main Street! This is going to be great. I've never lived on Main Street before. Any Main Street.

503main.jpg

A few of the fine folks at the housewarming party:
Saskatchewans biggest housewarming

More PICS here:   Kyle MacD  | Scotty MacD | The 1 Second Film

It's "official." I traded one movie role for one house with the town of Kipling Saskatchewan on July 12, 2006.


Kipling's trade offer went a little something like this:

**********


Kyle, the Town of Kipling, Saskatchewan wants you to complete your quest for a house. The Mayor and Town Council with the support of the employees and residents of the Town of Kipling have an offer offer for you. We know you will say Yes!


1. As a new resident to our community you will receive a Community Welcome Package containing local information and promotions from local businesses.
2. The Kipling Chamber of Commerce will give you $200 in Kipling Cash. This Cash can be spent at any local Chamber of Commerce business.
3. You will be given a Key to the Town of Kipling
4. You will become Honorary Mayor of Kipling for One Day.
5. You will be named an Honorary Lifelong Citizen of the Town of Kipling
6. The day we make the trade will be decreed One Red Paperclip Day by our Town Council and everyone will be encouraged to wear a red paperclip in honor of your achievements.
7. Will build the world’s largest red paperclip in dedication to you and your “one red paperclip project”
8. Most importantly to allow you to complete your quest…We will trade to you a house. The house was built in the 1920’s and has been recently renovated. It is locate at 503 Main Street Kipling, SK Canada. It is approximately 1100 square feet on two floors. There are three bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms, kitchen, living room and dinning room. It has white vinyl siding, a new roof and eaves troughs that have been put on in the last few years. We will be sending you pictures of the house as soon as we have had time to touch up the paint.


Kyle MacDonald, do you accept our offer of one house in Kipling for one role in Corbin Bernsen’s movie “Donna on Demand”?

**********

As you can imagine, I said yes. That's about the most unbelievable offer of all time. I'd have to say the "key to the city" was the clincher though. How often do you get offered a key to a city? Actually, I just re-read the offer. It's not a key to the "city", it's a key to the "town." That's even better! How often do you get offered a key to a town?

Now you're probably sitting there staring into the screen wondering "What the heck is the town of Kipling Saskatchewan going to do with a role in a movie?" And you should wonder, because the last time I checked, neither the Town of Kipling Saskatchewan nor the mayor of Kipling Saskatchewan wasn't exactly starring in a movie with Brad Pitt or Halle Berry. Actually, the last time I checked, you probably had no idea there was a town of Kipling Saskatchewan. But none of that is important now because here comes the best part of this trade - I get to infomercial-ize this blog. Yes, the moment we've all been waiting for. This is the part of the blog entry where I get to put on my cheesy infomercial voice and say, "But wait, there's MORE!"

And here's what the MORE is:

Kipling set up "American Idol style" auditions for the role in a film to be shot by Public Media Works. The Auditions were held over the Labor Day long weekend. Nolan Hubbard is the lucky guy who got the role.

Dom and I moved into the house over the Labour Day weekend, and the town of Kipling threw (feel free to quote me on this) "Saskatchewan's Biggest Housewarming Party, Ever."

It was literally the best housewarming party thing ever. 11 of the 14 traders made it to Kipling, along with more than 3500 other friends, family, strangers, and new friends!

Special thanks to everyone who helped make this happen. It was an amazing experience. Ans a super-duper-to-infinity thank you very much to all the traders. Without you all I'd just be some guy leaning against a wall with a paperclip in his pocket....and none of this would've ever happened.
traders.jpg

         
          
             So, what's your red paperclip?




If you enjoyed this little rundown of the trades, you should totally get a copy of the one red paperclip book!  It chock full of other interesting stories about the trades.  There's even a very special ending!  And on top of all that, my grandpa gets the last word.







I hope you enjoyed reading this story.



Have fun,

Kyle
 

410 comments:

«Oldest   ‹Older   201 – 400 of 410   Newer›   Newest»
MAGABILA said...

Honek funtzionatzen al dik?

Sycrat said...

Awesome, I think you should keep going and see how far you can go. Surely you can keep going. Damn, a house, and all for one red paperclip...

Wozza said...

Dude, just seen you on Beyond Tomorrow on Australian TV - AMAZING!! Fair play to you mate and congratulations. You gonna swap the house on Main Street for the one in Australia??
All the best - Wozza

LOZ said...

congrats kyle

I live 1 hr from the castle house you are trying to get, you will love it and I hope you get your swap

Norwegian Duck said...

I saw your story at the news yesterday. Therefore I went to your website to see the whole story. I must say...GOOD JOOB and Congratulations with the house.
It's been fun to read your story.
Well done with the snow globe.

Me, Norway.

Henry Howard said...

How on earth did you manage to do this, it is incredible, it's mind blowing, you are an inspiration to the world. WOW!, i mean, WOW!, it's just...WOW!

By the way, who ever has that red paperclip is probably going to be a bit richer by the end of all this. WOW!

Anne from Oz said...

Hey Kyle, This news is so cool!!! Have been aware of your quest for awhile, but just checked back. So far this week you have been on Local news here in South Aussie, and I just watched you on "Beyond Tomorrow". Pity you didn't get "the Castle", we could use ingenuity like that down here. Doesn't matter, it's way cool that you got a house. Canada is lovely place by the looks of it.

Jasmine said...

I knew you would finally get there in the end. it shows that money really isn't that important. just think your famous, everyone across the world knows ur journey.

cool and congrats from jasmine all the way down in Australia

Simone said...

You are a very clever man Kyle!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic Kyle.

What a story. You're now on worldwide news!!

I, and everyone I've spoke to admires you.

Great Stuff!!!!

Have a good party!

Some Aussie Bloke said...

Yeah mate, good onya. Saw ya on the tellie on the back of me ute. You were on the arvo news, which goes around all of Aus. Me and me sheila think you're bloody awesome.

Ben said...

Wow! This whole thing is insane! I don't believe I would be able to get a fish pen from a papper clip, not to mention a house! Congradulations and enjoy your party. So what do you want for the house?

GollyGumDrops said...

I have a blue paperclip - you can have it for a bottle of Canadian wine!

Zitoun said...

Vraiment très impressionnant !
Tu es finalement parvenu à tes fins, et avec panache !

I wish you much pleasure and fun in your new house... Now you got a nice story to tell ! Don't you think you could initiate a movement worldwide ?

Someone's something to give...

Anonymous said...

hey... if you trade the house for two paper clips, you will have doubled your investment! Someone over at Slashdot made that joke ;) Anyways. I'm a Vancouverite living in NJ. I wish I'd thought of this myself, congrats!

Anonymous said...

Can't believe I only heard about your site today! I've gone from red paperclip to house in one day! Hope the house is brilliant & you guys have a great party tonight!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kyle,

Even here in the Netherlands word of you is spread.
You're a fine af example of the phrase:
Where there's a will, there's a way!

Congratulations on your achievement!

Cheers,
Peter Nap
The Netherlands

cuz we are said...

congratulations kyle!

what's next?!

Brendan D. said...

Sweet I live like 40 min away from there, this party should be a blast!!!

Dan said...

Holy Crap.
I was reading on line, in the Australian paper - The Age - your story and I thought what the ?
Well done to you. Serioulsy, this quite bizare and something totally unique.
I was completely inthralled, and stayed up to 2 in the morning reading your whole web site blog entries. Come to Australia and try it out here. Maybe you could be the first red paper clip trader who actually gets the house on the Island. We have many Islands off the coast of Aussie Land. Not to mention alot more space.
Dan

Anonymous said...

Congratulations,
I saw this on the news(BBC1)yesterday. A fantastic achievement.....wonder if it would work over here in England...? There are lots of people that I know in the North East, who like me, cannot get onto the property ladder. Good wage for our area but outpriced because of the recent property rises. My rented home has gone from 60K to 180K so with an annual wage of 19K (which is good for this area!), you can only get a mortgage for around 50K to 90K. You do the sums.
We have a guy on the BBC 'Leave it to Levy'....that tries to help the under dog but he can't perform miracles for an entire county.
Enjoy your good fortune....
Yorkshire Girl

Penny said...

This is the first I've heard of you and your story and I have to say, what an accomplishment! I am truly impressed! Now I need to start at the beginning and see just how you did it!

Congratulations!

Jocelyn said...

Kyle, I think that you've got more than a house for your paperclip. Something more precious. You've found a community. The people from Kipling are great.

Rex said...

K-MAC,

Congratulations!

I wonder what are the tax implications on these barter trades. I just hope the IRS (US) or the CRA (Canada) will go easy on you.

Good Luck!

Rex aka The Accountant

Sandy said...

just wanted to say congratulations Kyle, i´ve been following your journey from Costa Rica, hope you love your house!!

max said...

I can't believe it. You should be named financial advisor of the Canadian government. your such an inspiration. that's awesome.

Brett said...

Awesome work on getting the house in Kipling. Can't wait for the huge party. I'm going to university in Saskatoon, SK but I'll make the trip to my hometown (Kipling,SK) for sure for that weekend. I live on Main St. too so it won't be far to stumble home haha.

Brett
newfacedesign.ca

Joffre Neto said...

Parabéns, cara!
Tanto pela criatividade, quanto pela persistência e simpatia!
Joffre Neto, Brasil

Anonymous said...

Hey Kyle, I am a Canadian (Nova Scotian) but have just moved over to England and your the talk of London! Ive heard you all over the radio stations here... you're giving us Canadians a good name :) Congradulations on your efforts!

Matthew Didier said...

So, for that day... do we refer to you as "Your Worship" being mayor and all...?

CONGRATULATIONS! (...and thanks again for your tips to me... we've made quite a stir with our quest and your advice helped muchly! You've given us the inspiration to push for our dream hard!)

The House of One Red Paper Clip is born!

Anonymous said...

Congrats Kyle, Today's the day! July 12, 2006 which happens be my 32nd Birthday. Since the Town of Kipling has made the day of the trade to be One Red Paperclip Day, I want you to know that I am already wearing my red paperclip today. Every year on my birthday I'll be sure to remember to wear it. Im in California and it would be cool to see more people, not just the Kiplingers, wearing a red paperclip on One Red Paperclip Day.

Enjoy your house! Wish I could make the housewarming but I know it will be a blast!

Tanja said...

Congratulations Kyle, from BC!

I have been following your trades since the campstove and I am truly impressed with what you have accomplished!

One year to the day, amazing. (Also just happens to be my birthday ;)) I will be sporting one red paperclip on my necklace in your honour today.

Way to go!

Kathryn said...

Awesome Snag Kyle!!

As a fellow Saskatchewan resident located North of you in the town of Indian Head...I welcome you to the province. I have been following this story for a few months and I am shocked that you got the house so quick. But more excited that you are moving to my home province of Sask. Now, what you are missing for this "Labour Day Homewarming Party" is an appearance at the Sask. Roughriders Labour Day Classic. That would be the ultimate way to welcome you..the biggest sporting day in the province. Just an idea! All the Best and WELCOME!!

Sincerely, Kathryn

Hephaestion said...

Wow, I always wanted to live in Saskatchewan!

I have a blue paperclip I'll trade ya for the house...

Anonymous said...

i started with a 3 bedroom house and ended up with a paper clip,2 kids and the csa round my neck well done for going the right way round

Anonymous said...

Woww.. my cute business teacher Dale talked me about it and i'm just impressed....

Tania Alonso, Mty, Mx

Jakob Diness said...

Greeetings from Denmark
Nice, but as far as I can see the "whole world" (with the intended quotation marks), only includes the North American continent.

Hey, but I am obviously impressed - but wondered what could happen with trades from all over the world. Maybe an idea, and a good way to visit a lot of countries ;-))

Best regards

jakob@diness.dk
www.diness.dk

Anonymous said...

Congratulations.
I supported you from Japan ever since I knew you by a TV program.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! You're famous now!! Half of the province has heard about you!!

Anonymous said...

i saw your story on the newspaper & i'm amazed with what you've accomplished. congratulations! what's next then? is that it? take care & good job!

Anonymous said...

Nice one Kyle...BUT...I saw ur story on an Australin show called Beyond Tommorow last night. So you finally have your house...BUT its NOT the house you actually want is it...Bonnie Doon ring a bell? So what do you plan to do to buy the house out the the famous movie "The Castle."?

I guess swappers cant be choosers can they. Were all goin to Boonieeeee Doon to Bonieee Doon..Were all goin....Tell him he's dreaming.

Anonymous said...

i just discovered your site a few hours ago and read through the entire thing. at the end i read the date your getting the house. its the 13th of july here in australia. in canada it is still the 12th. your getting the house as we speak!!!! thats so exciting. great job and great website. you deserve that house for the entertainment you provided. i'm gunna try and save up so i can come to the housewarming. i call dibs on any guest bed you have

Jeri said...

I'm truley inspired! Also, I couldn't agree more with the newspaper about loving to hear good news! I have 2 kids about to venture into the world and I'm going to frame a red paper clip and make them hang it in their new digs for their own inspiration! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Kyle,

It is simple. There are only two things you can do now. Find a "new" red paperclip and come up with a new goal to strive for. AND sell this story and have a mini-series made about this amazing it.

Anonymous said...

hey, greetings from yorkton sk. have fun, the winters are awsome, and are made even more fantastic by the fact that its flat and windy:p

Anonymous said...

Well done Kyle,
It's good 2 c that one man can accomplish so much in just a year.I would of been happy with a year's free rent in Phoenix! Absolutely awesome, awesome. Amen brother!
From Ted in western Sydney, NSW Australia.

Mark said...

Congratulations Kyle,

I started following when you traded for the One Big Truck. This is awsome and I knew you would get the house you were out for. I thought it might take longer than a year but that is just so cool. I live in South East Michigan and your story is all over the news and papers here. I wish you the best and hope you decide to do maybe One Red Stapler next. lol

Pikachu said...

buena cholo, sabía que la harías!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Kyle and Dom

I have been watching your site since around Christmas time, checking to see how you've been doing and telling everyone I know! I am so excited that you got your house!! I'm getting married on labour day weekend, so I will be partying for you at my party!!
To a new Sask neighbor
From Alberta

Anonymous said...

What time does the worlds largest house warming party start? I might bring my dog if thats ok.


hope to see all the nice people, dibs on my sleeping bag

Kansas state of mind

Sammy said...

Congratulations from Texas, you are one funny dude!

Newslined

Anonymous said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!!
This is such an amazing story. I'm so delighted for you and sure you have inspired so many with the good old fashioned system of bartering. Good luck with your new place!!

Anonymous said...

Got any green paper clips? ;)

Anonymous said...

DURN IT ALL...I wish I'd thought of this idea!

Just beautiful, just amazing. The elegant genius of the idea is simply poetic. And, you gotta admit, the town of Kipling came through for you and Dom in a HUGE way, didn't they?? Honestly, today is the first day I heard of your story, and this year-long trip of a lifetime...big sloppy congratulations to you!!

Seabrook Gal
(at end of the trail in Houston)

Russ in Vancouver said...

Excellent!
I had to hear about your quest from a buddy in Denmark. Remarkable achievment!
I'm sure you can expect 1102+ on Labor Day. 1113... if you count the Snowbirds!
[http://www.snowbirds.dnd.ca
/site/newsroom/newsroom_e.asp
?cat=11&id=131]

I may have to revise my vacation to include a swing thru your newbeerhood.

Anonymous said...

Congratuations Kyle.
How does it feel? u did it, kinda crazy, but the coolest way to get a house! (i know i payed enough for mine)
Any other ideas?
Lene (Denmark)

Dani said...

I think you are incredible. What you did is truly unique.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Kyle. Welcome to Saskatchewan!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Kyle, we also chose to live in Kipling Sk. We left Florida and purchased our home over the internet. This town is safe, clean and friendly. Welome home!
Susan

Anonymous said...

Felicitaciones!!
Hoy recien me entere de la noticia y me parecio impresionante.

oddbrown said...

When I saw your blog sometime ago, here is what I said in my blog.

At the end of it all, I am well off talking to the ‘paperclip’. The red paperclip stands a better shot at curing the world than anything else. ( It was in a suggested blog list: Oneredpaperclip.blogspot.com)


So I guess that was the right call. Keep it going dude.

Anonymous said...

are you even going to live there????

Rasmus said...

Holy moly - what a fantastic story and proof that the world might not be ending after all; there are still a whole lot of really cool people out there (such as Alice Cooper).

Good job on the trading and a huge applause to all those who helped you trade up. Especially, of course, the town of Kipling. Awesome!

nawlnz said...

Kyle, we think you need to move on up and trade the sweet little house in Kipling for a mansion. We have in mind a large White House in Washington, DC, which you could paint red but first you would have to figure out how to get the current resident to move out. The American people actually own that house, so it might involve another petition. You might want his job too. With your brilliance, you could do it better and would be a credit to the world. The trade would mean that America would own the house in Kipling, but the townspeople there seem so much more friendly than the ones in Washington, that we would be coming out ahead, and we know that if anyone could convert the Washingtonians, you could. Do give it some thought.

Anonymous said...

*jaw drops*

You are SO my new hero.

~The Bookwyrm

Anonymous said...

good job man no all you have to do is buy a box of paper clips and you will be a millionare. congrats.

K1NG said...

You are my f***ing hero! hahaha...check my blog now that I am here haha...
k1ngscorner.blogspot.com

Sheri Johnson said...

This is SO cool!

TT said...

Well done!!
I was at a leadership seminar last week where with some brainstorming we had to come up with alternative uses for a paper clip. Well, there are millions as you are probably aware........but .......... that is the best!
You are a superstar!!

Eric Ganter said...

Hey man,

Congratualations!!! The house is sided in vinyl so it doesn't look like you'll be able to paint it that red that you wanted. Maybe you can re-side it.

The Bear's Grove said...

Wow! Kipling's a long way even from Regina!

I like Regina, I visited there a few times for a roleplaying game convention. I hope you like Kipling.

Anonymous said...

Kyle,
Beïng nuts doesnt differ a lot from beïng very spontanous...
But i guess you've shown the little gap between it...

Have a great time in your house!

Greets, Bart

fatty matty said...

I'm not really sure the value for all the items you traded for. Although I know one thing, you did more in one year than some people do in an entire life time. I say to you, congrats!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish the best for you and hope you can keep on trading brother.....The sky's the limit.

Cisco said...

Congratulations, man.

As lots of people did, I dedicated an entry to your story on my blog. Your story also showed on news here in Catalunya, Spain.
I'm glad to see people like you going through life at his own way and not just following the way we all are meant to follow. Some people is trying to copy your story on their countries, but you did the original one. Original things are important in this life.
I'm glad your adventure finished that well!

Good luck, and regards from Catalunya!

Patricia said...

Congratulations Kyle!!

You did it!

Imagine going from Montreal to Yahk BC to Kipling SK and all the places in between. I saw you when you were here in the East Kootenays making your trade in Yahk BC. I was very excited for you then and even more so now! You are an inspiration to all!

By the way driving from Yahk BC would be:

Total Est. Time: 13 hours, 6 minutes Total Est. Distance: 728.92 miles

jesse said...

You are an inspiration! What a brilliant idea too!

Russell said...

Kyle,

I had never seen or heard of you until I saw the 20/20 special with you on it this past week.

Let me tell you that your story is amazing on how you could turn one red paper clip into a house.

Congratulations to you man and I wish you the best from here on out.

Keep doing things like this because people like you touch lives of others.

Your one amazing genius!

Anonymous said...

Your awesome man, I wish everyone in the world thought like you did. You just proved that there are other ways to do things in this lifetime!! WOOOOOOOO

Anonymous said...

um yea this was great imma start w/ a green paperclip.... haha im kidding but its inspiring!

Anonymous said...

Kyle.... you are one crazy mad man....but i love it.
im in oz down under and have been telling all my friends about you....oh they all say "hello you crazy man!!!" anyways keep it up dude your an inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Congrats!! Now what? Trade your house for a trip in space? Just an idea.

Anonymous said...

Congrats!! Whats next? Trade the house for a trip in outerspace?

Dan said...

Awesome! I was playing an Alice Cooper song ("Under My Wheels") when Kim Komando mentioned your blog. I'd bring my family to the Labor Day party, except I'm committed to a Vintage Baseball tourney in Columbus, OH that weekend driving from southern Illinois. Oh well, have a blast! You deserve it!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Kyle.
I am a Japanese man and watch you on TV(you were on Japanese TV program, right?).
You are unique and handsam.
GOOD JOB.You deserve to the house because of your personality and power of dreams.

reno said...

Hello !

congatulations !

You are a KING !

best regards.

Reno

Anonymous said...

What you have done has given me hope again. Some day I'll own a home near the Oregon coast and have my garden and fruit and nut trees! I won't live in an appartment(I have these roots that would love to set down ) I think I'll go buy a box of paper clips and make myself a neckless out of them (one will be red of course). I hope you write a book about your project. I'd buy it. God I'm happy (jealous too )for you.
I'm not a blogger and have no web page of my own; but I do have a name other than anonymous :)
Blessed be, Terri Ford

rob douglas said...

Wow. That's great.

Three friends and I would really like to come up to the party from Charlottesville, VA. Seems like a worthy reason for travel and who doesn't love hangin out in Kipling, Saskatchewan?

melissa said...

Hey kyle, Thanks for being a true inspiration to those of us that dont have much, now we have hope that dreams can come true and more importantly, happiness that we live in such a great and generous world! I hope you post pictures once you are all settled in! Never forget where you came from and enjoy your new home!! -melissa

Anonymous said...

I want to trade your house with my one red paperclip..., but this is a joke ;)
Anyway, congratulations Kyle!
This is the greatest job I have seen.
I wonder what will be the next item.

Anonymous said...

Congrats! Kyle!!!
Super Fantastic Happy ending trade :)
So, What's next?

- Meg in Japan

Mike Wilson said...

Great work mate. Unfortuneately with two little kids we wont be able to get to your house warming party. We wondered about dropping the kids of at mum and dads but we have the other slight problem in that we live in Melbourne, Australia. Before I go, a suggestion for your next venture could be something like: trading a house in Kipling Saskatchewan for the Microsoft Corporation?

Mieke said...

Wow a house for one red paperclip. I love this. I think we write a blog about you in our http://www.zwerfkunst.web-log.nl

Zwerfkunst or Wild-art is an art project, started in Holland. We leave art-works on the street, or give them to some0ne.
The back or bottom of the piece of Wildart should mention the following text:

"This is Wildart No. ...
Artist: ....
Take it with you and give it a temporarily shelter.
Write down a piece of text on the weblog: http://www.zwerfkunst.web-log.nl about where you have found it and where it is going to. Let it free after a month in some public space or give it to someone else."

It's a pity for us, you allready got your house. Otherwise we had loved to make a trade.

Lori said...

Hey Kyle,

A long time ago, a tradition was started around our dinner table that started out like this..... "did you know...."

Tonight, in keeping with this tradition, my daughter decided to tell us of this amazing story about a guy that traded one red paper clip for a house.....

She told us all about seeing you on 20/20 and how touching it was. She mentioned that there was a website and showed us the story from the beginning.

When we found out that your house was in Saskatchewan, I said "We should stop there on our road trip this summer". We are going home to Ontario from Alberta and decided to drive this year for the first time. Then we saw that Kipling was only one hour off the HWY and our original route. Our excitement grew! But wait..... there's more (hee hee) Not only would we be super close anyway, so why not detour and catch a glimpse of this now famous and what will probably be historical house, but we will be there on Labour Day weekend 'cause that's when we are on our way back from Ontario. Then to discover that "Saskatchewan's biggest housewarming party ever" will be that same weekend!!!!!!
This is too good to be true man. It must be fate.

I can't believe that only a few hours ago I never heard of Kipling or the one red paper clip story and now, I can't wait to be there and experience it all while it's happening.

I'm truly inspired by your story.
Oh, and thank you for giving us an extra fun thing to do on our road trip!

Lori
Ft. Mac, AB

Greeni said...

Congratulations!! I heard about this at school a few months ago and have been following it ever since.

I've got to admit, I wasn't sure you'd do it. A paper clip to a house? It sounds crazy, but you did it. I'll bet you inspired many other people to take up bartering!

What do you plan to do in Kipling? God, I wish I could make it to the housewarming. If only school didn't start two days after it! I'll try to be there anyway.

Joshua of Israel said...

Kyle my man, your inspirational quest may have earned you a house on Main Street, but you've also earned a home in our hearts! I'll wait for the book and the inevitable movie.

jooleeah said...

isn't it absolutely amazing what just one red paperclip can really do for you? it truly is mindboggling (sp?) good job. 2 thumbs up Kyle.

Brian Roy said...

Hi Kyle,

grats from Denmark, Europe. What an incredible story - perhaps you should consider starting a "trading company" ? Even on the internet, so people from all over the world could trade with each other etc.

Anyways, hope the party will be a blast - would like to be there, but a bit to far away :(

Godspeed

krissypoetry said...

Hi Kyle what an awesome story,
I hope the house goes well and the party rocks. I totally wish I could be there. If you need a washer and dryer for your new place I would be happy to give you/trade you a set. The two appliance do work, they make a bit of noise, I am not sure how old they are because I recieved them as a gift. only down side is you would have to come get them...but Lawrence Kansas is an awesome place to visit. So if you would like a set of a washer and dryer or know someone who does just let me know. again CONGRATS!

Albano said...

Bueno ...esto es realmente increible, soy de Resistencia Chaco Argentina, y las noticias tambien llegaron aqui, espero que alguien haga una oferta mundial y des la vuelta al mundo por un clip!... o un reality de tu recorrido...jajaja... mucha suerte! exitos! y gracias totales por haber logrado esto, que es una muestra de que las cosas se pueden lograr...cuando uno lo quiere asi!!!

inzo said...

Hey that was a very cool year for you.. actually it proofed that nothing in the world is impossible if you just believe on it -

I think every one that have heard the story about the "Red paperclip" has got a little smile on their mouth.. it is just a very funny story :)

btw. who got the first "RED PAPERCLIP" it must be valuable right now :P

And this could be a great movie: The Red PaperCLIP

GLHF in the rest of your life :)

Over and Out Brian "inzo" Nielsen, Denmark

Wendi said...

Wow you've done it! what do ya think I can get for a pink staple?:)

Dieman.of.the.Desert said...

Kyle, my friend, i have an idea: why dont you try trading the "key to Kipling" as a new project? this seems like something you couldnt get out of your sytem now. you are WORLD FAMOUS. think about that for a second. the statue of the paper clip is like your legacy. now give something else a try! also, you should try to invite as many famous canadians FROM SASKATCHEWAN to your party. off the top of my head, i can only name Keifer Sutherland. maybe Jim Carrey? try those guys. sounds like a kickin' party!!! as one of the japanese people said for the snowglobe: ganbatte

Stalker said...

hi Kyle,
congratulations for trading that red paperclip and getting a house for that :)

you've been mentioned in the german news today, on RTL, which is the greatest private TV station thats broadcasting here in german.

Well, I'll have to do such a project too... The million dollar homepage, one red paper clip... what'll be next?

CU
Stalker

Glory said...

My boyfriend says I'm 'downright evangelical' about your website. Not very many things get me 'downright evangelical.' Thanks, bro.

Momus said...

I'm speechless.

aNtc said...

this is soooo cool, do you know that you are on tv everyone in the world?

Wreckless said...

You have to make a driveway gate out of that giant paperclip. And then you can name your kids staple, and bull clip.
And just have fun.

Salagatle!

Anonymous said...

You should trade the house until you get a space shuttle.

Anonymous said...

dude, you suck...i dont even have a car man! this is my cousins computer...i tried to trade a stick of gum, but all i got were peoples earwax...it makes for good food, but dude!!i love you man...you are my idol...

Leonardo Camejo said...

Hi Kyle.

what can i say... im speechless, not only because of the amazing achievment but also because i read your blog entirely today. I just found out about it a few hours ago and i couldnt stop reading... so i guess your future book will have a great success. Congrats man.

By the way im from Venezuela and im trying very hard to write this comment in English. I hope is not too bad. See ya!

Paul Spenceley said...

This whole project is something so much more meaningful than a trade between two parties - It's highlighted people across the earth who are the most giving souls on the planet, and have the kind of humour that immortalises themselves in human memory. You've done that Kyle, and every person that took part (and the people of Kipling) have done that.

Thankyou for showing everyone that people are worth being around for. I spend every day counselling kids and telling them there's good in everyone.

And this website will be proof to anyone that doubts.

This is what legends in the millenium are made of.

Peace x

Anonymous said...

wow, you actually did it. i could have sworn that the KISS globe was going to be your downfall.

daniela said...

Hey, I liked your story is pretty amazing hehe.
I am from mexico and read abput you in a newspaper, some kid wrote abput your adventure and I wanted to see it on my own.
Congratulations!!
Salu2 ;)

Anonymous said...

Awesome work my friend!

Dominero said...

hi!

amazing story and im very glad to read today you finally made it!

i learnt about your inspiring story on the tv show you appeared on japan. i hope to see you on Japan again!

by the way, nice choice! it looks like a very nice town to live! congrats!

good luck!

Anonymous said...

DOUBLE UP!!!

I will take that house off your hands for get this... TWO RED PAPER CLIPS

that is DOUBLE what you started with

Anonymous said...

July 12 is my brother's birthday.

-Jon G

alinush said...

who hooo finally! big congratulations. anything is possible indeed. enjoy your house.

Anonymous said...

Your vision got you the house, and you didn't have to trade anything for that! COngratulations man.
-Tony

Anonymous said...

Trade the house for political office and a small personal army.

Anonymous said...

red papaerclips scare me

Anonymous said...

im gona fly out all the way from australia to make your house warming party

Ur a legend good on ya

Anonymous said...

Greetings from Australia! If you save the money, you can have a holiday here, and stay at our place for free. What an inspiration! (Yes, I mean it. Be in touch! We have a 5 bedroom house with guest room overlooking the l2m saltwater pool with its own balcony and TV room). House overlooks a park.

Anonymous said...

You, sir, are a genius.

Anonymous said...

xccqI saw you on TV 60 Minutes on Channel9 in Australia...
i reckon its damb awesome mate... good on ya.

Big Mitch 6 said...

Hey, man ur my idol, dude face, If onl i could afford a paper clip to start off with. Yeh, i saw u last night on sum rando porno, dude ur tiny!Your about the siz of one red paper clip! signing off - Big Mitch 6

Mitchell Williams said...

Hey, man nice work, luv it!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! :)

Anonymous said...

GREAT JOB KYLE
I'VE BEEN FOLLOWING YOU FROM THE BEGINNING AND I'M GLAD TO SAY THAT I'M FROM MONTREAL JUST LIKE YOU AND A PROUD CANADIAN
KEEP THE JOURNEY GOING

SPACE

Anonymous said...

Well done, my son
Dad

Gay Cartoons R Us said...

Kyle.. you are a genius.. congratulations on your achievements and as a Saskatchewan-based company, let me welcome you to our fine province... :)
Gay Cartoons R Us
http://gaytoons.houseofbeavis.com/
http://gaycartoonsrus.blogger.com

Anonymous said...

Hey...

I saw you on Good Morning America... you finally did it. congratz. who knew... you lucky duck.

hey, may be you could try to get a bigger house ;D

Crystal said...

Hey Kyle;
My name is Crystal, and I just wanted to say congratulations on your house!! That is so awesome for you! I hope you will be very happy there! I actually wanted to praise you for your ingenuity, no body thought it could be done, but here you are, You did it! You are actually sort of a mentor for my husband, who, after seeing your website decided to start his own trade. He started with a paperclip, just like you, and he's trying to trade up to a trip to mexico for our 5 year anniversary in December 2007. We've traded up to a one nights stay in an executive suite in one of the nicest hotels in our area!! We are currently taking offers on it, and it has been alot of fun so far! Hopefully we can reach our goal, just as you reached yours!! Thanks again for believing in the idea, and for inspiring us!! You are AWESOME!!! PS anyone that wants to check out our site, and possibly make a trade, can visit us at www.papercliptrade.ca.
Thanks again, Crystal

Anonymous said...

Kyle, Congratulations on the house. Also Congrats on the movie about your story. I just read it on Yahoo news. I'm looking forward to seeing it on the big screen

Anonymous said...

congratulations Kyle!

When my friend told me about your site I thought it was just the coolest thing ever. It's really an astonishing accomplisment to trade a paperclip for a house. bravo and well done, and good luck in Kipling!

(trying to find transport to come to Saskatchewan's biggest housewarming party, ever)!

Adrian Luckmann said...

Congratulations! Your are a genius. People like you impress me. I am happy, cause I can follow your idea, but I trade with a pin or a tack. I think the followers haven't the same chance, but I have a try. ;-) The German maybe never heard about you and I can take my chance.

Yours faithfully

Adrian Luckmann

PS: Visit my pinboard... ;-)

Anonymous said...

Next Trade:

Trade the house for 2 red paperclips!

Who knows what people would give for not 1 but 2 red paper clips!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Kyle! As a budding entrepreneur myself, I take heart in the knowledge that there is no end to people's willingness to hand over their hard earned... lets hope you haven't exhausted the world of its morons.

Kumipon said...

congratulations! Since your story was introduced on a Japanese TV show, I have been checking your site. I am so grad that you finally got a house! As you see, so many Japanese fans say "Congrats, Kyle!" in Japanese. (If you want me to translate all comments, let me know)
I am looking for a house right now in CA, but here is too expensive to get one! I hope you can give a red paperclip to me as a good luck charm, then, I'll probably be able to buy a nice house.
I hope you and your girlfriend will have a wonderful life on MAIN STREET forever! Thank you for showing me your exciting journey!

James said...

Congratulations.
I'd lost track for a few weeks and can't believe things have progressed so quickly.
A great idea.

Tracey (Friday) Reichle said...

Wow! I was born & raised in Kipling, Sask and was stunned when my Mom (who still lives there) told me about you! I LOVE that house! I grew up about two blocks down from there.. ON Main Street!
Way to go Kyle & way to go Kipling!!

RoxR said...

Congratulations from North Wales, UK - you made it onto our local news!
I first saw you on our tv way back earlier in the year - since then I've been popping into the website to see how you were going. I was SO pleased to hear you had succeeded!
Well done indeed, and best wishes for your future.

Anonymous said...

I also offer my congrats. Those Canadians will always pull through for the creative genius.

Well, I must say that your "Bigger, Better, Best" style project has inspired me to take my own endeavors from mere mall terrorizing to something of a larger scale. Thank you, Kyle.

AnnekeDonkers said...

I AM COMING TO "SASKATCHEWANS BIGGEST HOUSEWARMING PARTY...! gonna be a weekend to remember!

Juan said...

Hi, just wanted to say congrats man, you did it. Well done. I was hoping to start my own trade up. I live in NJ and I am in need of a car. I have an empty jar that seals really tight. So my idea is this I am going to fart in the jar, then close it with the fart in it. My Mission will be called "A Fart In A Jar For A Car." What you think?

Anonymous said...

You're amazing!

Anonymous said...

ben ça c super !!!! echangerai bien mon ex femme contre un trombone mais pas sur que se soit tres lucratif

Anonymous said...

Dude, c'mon, don't stop till you get half of the microsoft bondsĄ

Jackie said...

So, I hear you've got yourself a pretty new house. I've got a preposition for you.

It seems that as I reach into my pocket, I've got a brand new, shiny, 100% unique blue paperclip.

No joke.

Would you like to trade? ;-)

I figured I'd also like to trade a paperclip for a house. But, I have no ambition.

Eh.
Enjoy your house.

Direwolf013 said...

Simply amazing.... It's amazing what a little imagination and determination can do.

Anonymous said...

I've been following since the momentous "one fish pen" trade. Good job!

Anonymous said...

hey who wants to trade something for a fake rolex watch that i bought in new york for $15? lol nice job dude i would so go to that party if it wasnt 4 million miles away... lol

Bravo dude

senryk said...

I just came across your site this evening and was vastly entertained by the whole process of bartering "up" to a house. Who'd a thunk it were possible!? And you did it in just one year, WOW! I think you're very funny with a great way of looking at things. Wish I could come to the housewarming but gotta work. Have fun in your new home and hope you don't stop trading!

Anonymous said...

wow Kyle, I never would have thought it possible. When I first came across oneredpaperclip you had already made a few trades but I never thought it possible. I used to live about an hour away and Kipling seems like a nice town. Good job man!

LastSaskPirate said...

Congratulations Kyle on your ingenuity and determination. You are truly an inspiration. Enjoy my home Province - we rock! :)

Marc said...

I'm pretty amazed. It was the Red Paper Clip odyssey and it inspired me. I did not think you could do it so fast!

Congratulations!!!

Faith said...

Congratulations! How awesome that you set out one lonely day with only a red paper clip in hand, and now that paper clip has been replaced by a house! I wish I had a paper clip?

Anonymous said...

Kyle!

do you know that the paperclip is a norwegian invention?

so you should say thanks to the europeian country NORWAY
:)

Norwegian girl

btw, CONGRATS!

Birchybaby said...

Hey dude!! way 2 go!! by far the coolest deal! i wish someone would have tried 2 top that! lol
and yes...a key to a town is faaaaar cooler than a key to a city LOL

Peace dude

L Records & Multimedia
Midlands
UK

Johan said...

Grattis. Ingenting är omöjligt!

Anonymous said...

you should try to trade that for and island or something

Anonymous said...

just brilliant! congrats, Kyle. now, is it on to an island?

Anonymous said...

Kyle,
I just read about you in Reader's Digest...of all places. This is very cool and the fact that you are my age, and did it in one year's time is simply amazing.

Felicitations!

`syrup`

Anonymous said...

kyle,
just read about what you had done in teacher's magazine in tennessee-holy cow, man, i wouldn't have believed it if i hadn't read it for myself-amazing!!...congrats,whats next??patricia in tn

Anonymous said...

Hey Kyle...
It was fab dude, I couldt never do a trade as good as that, and i`m quit good.
So congratulations


Thit From Denmark

www.kanariefugl.blogspot.com

Lisa-Renee said...

ONLY IN CANADA EH???????...................Pity!!!

Kyle,

Dude you're an inspiration to all and show that big things can be achieved from the smallest of things. You've proven that.

I am currently thinking of a way to trade things that people have for contributions to a cause...the one which comes to mind is feeding children of the world.

If a house can come from a paperclip, perhaps the efforts to feed the children of the world can too be accomplished.

I was thinking something that is a spin from the movie “Pay It Forward” and you’re “One Red Paperclip” it would go something like this:

I will trade my favorite teddy bear for someone to buy hope for a child. By clicking on the link provided and buy 10 fruit trees for sixty dollars. In return I will give this person my favorite Teddy Bear….

http://www2.worldvision.ca/gifts

But it doesn’t stop there… The person who trades for my bear will in turn have to trade something of meaning to them, for a similar deal in which the trade involves buying: a cow, a chicken, medical supplies, trees, a harvest pack …etc… and it continues.

Trades will be posted to my blog and I will administer the trades from there. What do you think??

Email me at tlchop@hotmail.com

Thanks for your creativity and resourcefulness. Now if we could take this concept to the next level to help others, the world would be a much better place.
Lisa-Renee

Anonymous said...

Readers Digest covered your story and I thought ity was so cool!! Good job Kyle....keep it going maybe you can get a new car the next time...lol...I whished that I came up with the idea..

Anonymous said...

Enculé !!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations "Baltringue" !!! This is the greatest idea what i saw on the web, Sorry for my english but i'm french et je casse les seufs de ta meuf !!! bye , see you...

Anonymous said...

Hey, I liked your story is pretty amazing.I am from mexico (but not a trave !!!) and read about you in a newspaper, some kid wrote about your adventure and I wanted to see it on my own. Do you know "ta reum les cuisses écartées" or "catch me if you can". Please make a movie of this story... "Old el paso connardo" !!! tchao et va te faire defoncé le trou de balle !!!

Anonymous said...

Thats awesome,

I think i saw this story on television a couble of months ago, dont know if it was the same one, tell us if your planning on anything else

It was a crazy but rewarding idea, i never would have thought of it myself.

Good luck for the future

Anonymous said...

Yesterday, in the Auditorium of Barcelona (Spain), the Catalonian Open University (UOC) delivered diplomas to the new graduates. I received my diploma of software ingeneer, with on red paper clip! Before ending the ceremony, the Rector's University explained your history and told us that from now on, everything is possible for us, we just have to beleive in our dreams, as you made.
I will always keep this red paperclip with me to remember the message.
Congratulations Kyle.

Astrid.

Anonymous said...

I must say man, that's one heck of a trade. Are you planning to trade it further? I mean, you might never know what you'll get in exchange...

nico said...

salut

bravo tu la fait.

t'a reussi a demontrer que la stipiditer porte parfoix c'est fruits.
j'espere que ta copinne est heureuse d'etre proprietaire.
ca doit etre une experience terrible.
a quand ta prochaine idée.

bye
Nico

Anonymous said...

well done! hope you are enjoying your house

Anonymous said...

very good congrats im from mexico and let me tell you you have inspired my (me has inspirado) i hope that's not the end of the journey i hope hearing from you again and i hope that hearin from a guy in mexico who has been touch by your joutney gives you the strengh for continue your journey

sorry for writing on december but i didn't have internet

silvi@ said...

I'm fascinated whith all this!,are you thinking about tradeing your house?

Crawdad said...

Wow from 1 little red paper clip to a house on main street. Where will you go from here? I was thinking the other day, If a red paper clip can get you a house I bet YOU could trade a blue paper clip into a trip into space. Think about it...

P.S. Don't give up the house.

Anonymous said...

that shows some true business talent right there dude. a friggin paper clip into a HOUSE. I guess money doesnt make the world go round after all. goes to show sentimental values are more valuable than money.
Your....envious admirer,
Mark

Anonymous said...

Thats one amazing story, I will post this to my friends.

Well Done

Andrew,
Darlington,
England.

Anonymous said...

gj dude, awesome....
i was reading the comments, that looked old, but, no, no way, it happenned about 6 monthes ago...... You proved that everything is possible .... i love you lol

Anonymous said...

I will now start a rumour that there's a town in Saskatchewan that traded a house for a paperclip.

Anonymous said...

woot woot!!!

Thai TV said...

Congratulation !

Karana said...

This is so completely unbelievably cool. I used to play 'Bigger and Better' in high school, but we only had a couple of hours to come up with the biggest and best item. Our paper clip turned into a swing-set one night. :)

I found your blog on the 2000 Bloggers home page.

Webmaster said...

That's Awesome man.

rob writes stuff said...

what a magnificent story. I laughed, I cringed, I wished, I feel rewarded. well done Kyle, you've given me a delicious frappe made of chocolate hope.

Frank said...

I'll trade you a green paper clip for your house. Any, nice going there. You really hit the spot. Maybe force be with man.

The Medster said...

Well done M8!

I thought you'd blown it with the KISS Sno'globe but you turned that around beautifully.

Wot's next??

A house for another house??

I bet you could move every year for the rest of your life!!

Maybe you could spend a few months trading back down to one red paper clip??

You know it makes sense!??!

hollywoodcybermill said...

The Power of Intention cannot be overlooked any longer you have given the world the proof they need to know that they too can have what they want with a clear plan and a playful spirit.

Congratulations!!!

Marcus said...

I wonder if they're going to have an ebay auction for the original red paperclip?

Jacob W said...

wikid, i'm going to try the same thing, but with a penny i found.

Terry3439 said...

Hey congratulations, not just on getting the house but also on what I'm about to tell you.

As of about 9:00pm PST on Oct. 9, the red paperclip has been immortalized as an item in the online game Kingdom of Loathing (www.kingdomofloathing.com). In the game there's a brand new quest that involves a long series of trades with characters all over the kingdom. What's the item you start with, you ask? "Red Paperclip."

Anyone on here heard of or played this game? If so, my character's name is "Alvdbar the Forager". hit me up.

Chris said...

Just finished the book. Congratulations!! If you ever traded something for playing drums in a famous rock band, let me know! www.myspace.com/deechatonic

tehkorah said...

Caro from FL says...

MAN. I must have been living on the moon,Mars, out there somewhere...
I looked up the site, not knowing what to expect, partly out of curiousity, mostly because it's late and I am very insomniac-tic ( and yes, that may not be a word, but I haven't had any sleep yet, so yes insomnia).
SO because of some MC commercial, I find out about the "paperclip guy". I ask myself, What is this? What is the lady talking about? Something/ Someone INFAMOUS, yes? He's got to have made some crazy trade 'cause that is what I see him doing, right? NO IDEA. BUT that I could have done something similar. I always wondered what you could barter for (especially after watching "Reading Rainbow" as a child when the host goes to visit a MA town based on ONLY barter and trade) and how far you could take it, but had no idea that the power of persistence had so much influence over these decisions. My applause to you, Kyle "paperclip guy" . Of course, my idea would not have started with a paper clip... but what could you do with a rubber band? Not just any rubberband, no, the typical run-of-the-mill elastic would not do; but a thick, industrial RED rubberband? Just a thought in case you wanted to start a summer home Journey... who knows? Maybe you'll even end up with something in FL and can visit me with the wife ( and possibly kids? Hey I've got a little one, she'd be ecstatic ) if the idea takes root. Thanks and CONGRATS on a wonderful story.

Jakob said...

Interested in doubling your earnings? I offer 2 red paperclips for that house!

coma boy said...

You can't just 'effin stop there. Trade the house for something! Can't believe I just read that whole thing and you've just given up on the whole idea. Trade it. Never stop.

RevShark said...

Great project. You prove the human heart can manifest anything.

The red paper clip doesn't matter. It's YOU that get your house.

Congratulations!

Brett said...

Simply amazing what you can do with the internet and something so simple as a paperclip.

Gabo_RC said...

OH DIOS!

No puedo creerlo, comenzar con un clip hazta una casa, que gran cosa @.@ =OO

«Oldest ‹Older   201 – 400 of 410   Newer› Newest»