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.

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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:

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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”?

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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.
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             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:

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fatbooggy said...

Congrats Kyle,

I knew you would do it. So what's next? Is it the end of that journey? You won't stop there?

Come on we want more.

Put your face on my site

DAve said...

Congratulations, Kyle. I've been following your mission for only a few weeks now, but have been really impressed by the sheer mad genius of it all.

Bravo.

TH said...

Brilliant, man! Congratulations!

Jim said...

Congratulations, Kyle! Fascinating journey and full of funtential. July 12 is a marked date.

Telana said...

Congratulations Kyle! You did it! and what an exciting way to do your last trade! I'll see what I can do to make your house warming, sounds like it's going to be a blast!

amelyn said...

LOL ...so cool.

Have a question - now that you're relocating - what's going to happen with job opportunities? Are you gonna be able to live @ 503 Main St and still work wherever it is you work (or would be working at?)

Anonymous said...

WOW!
Kyle that is so cool!I live in Ma. and don't have the $ to make it to the party...but you are the man...
now if I only had a red paperclip..

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS -- YOU PROVED TO THE WORLD THAT

ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!

Anonymous said...

Kyle, let me be the first reader to congradulate you. It almost brings a tear to my eye to see this trip end. It was wonderful. Hopefully I'll be able to make it to the housewarming party. If not, I will still send a gift! Congradulations again! Your determination and creativity have really earned you a FREE HOUSE!!!

-Jesse

mivpiv said...

Kyle!!! This is Awesome - I am sitting here laughing out loud! Congratulations... Unfortunately I cant make it to the house warming - even though I would love to... I have been following you on the ideline here since the beginning!But I'll tell you what! You are welcome in Afghanistan anytime... We dont have any red paper clips here or any house that you would want... but you are welcome anyways...
Again; CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am SO happy for you!

My Friend Phyllis said...

I'm just grinning like a fool that you have done it! I'm so happy for you and Dom, and I only wish I could be there for your party. I will be there in spirit! Congratulations!

Melissa

Skinny said...

Congratulations Kyle!
I am a resident of North Battleford, Saskatchewan and I would like to welcome you to our wonderful province.
You character, determination, and fun-loving nature, and marketing expertise will be an inspiration to the residents of our fine province.
One request - At Saskatchewan's Biggest House Party Ever, it will be required that you play Brad Johner's Saskatchewan Classic Party Song - The Last Saskatchewan Pirate. Here in Saskatchewan that song rocks as much as Jukebox Hero!

Lyndon said...

Who would have thought a red paperclip could get you a house?

Congrats on getting your house!

CrazyKinux said...

Congrats Kyle!!! It's finally gonna happen. To be honest, at first I never beleived it would. Not only did it happen, but you had one hell of a time getting there!

Again congrats!!

Andrew Pass Educational Services, LLC said...

This is totally awesome. When I read your blog I said that's incredible. I have a blog on current events in education and I just posted an entry referring to this blog, challenging teachers to think about how they might use your story to motivate students. This is very incredible.

Andy Pass
http://www.Pass-Ed.com/blogger.html

Andrew said...

Congratulations! One hour after being first told about you, you have one house, after one year!

Fantastic, inspiring project!

I should be moving from Brisbane (Australia) to Chicago next year, and once I have, I'm planning on visiting Canada too. I am SO coming to ogle your house and take embarrasing picture of me in front of it!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Dude!
Great stuff! I've been watching your progress since the start...one year ago!
I still can't believe you're done it! Too cool!
Well done!
Maybe this is something I should try in my country - South Africa!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!

NiMH said...

Awesome! This among one of the most entertaining (and oddly uplifting) stories I've heard in awhile.. Thanks!

By the way, Montreal (YUL) to Kipling, SK = approximately 35 hours.

Kapprika said...

I'm having goosebumps on my arms right now. When I first visited your website, I was amazed by the brilliant idea and the way you traded things to reach your goal. I thought it would take much longer to get your house, though. It's great that you managed to reach your goal AND help other people on your way. Kind of shows me that miracles still happen, if you know what I mean.

Anways, I hope you'll like living in Kipling, Saskatchewan.^^

Gerald Buckley said...

THAT is amazingly awesome! Congrats Kyle!

What's next? A staple for a car? :) Seriously... what's next?

andy said...

Congratulations! I'm originally from Regina, but I heard about this on the geek news website Slashdot. Welcome to the neighborhood! I wish I could make it to the party.

Kenosee Lake is relatively close to Kipling. I remember it being quite nice back when I was a kid.

I hope you enjoy your stay!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! You made it. It isn't a loft in New York, London or Vancouver but it is a house!!!

Laura said...

Congratulations!!!

The whole world is proud of you!

Brian said...

Congratulations !
I've been following your blog from
San Diego, California.
Looking forward to video and photos of the festivities :)

- Brian

Taco Jack said...

CONGRATULATIONS!

Painting the house red is cool. Just don't go painting the town red like Eastwood did in High Plains Drifter.

Gert said...

Congrats! I've been following your quest since it started, and I'm happy to see it being fulfilled in such spectacular fashion!

James said...

Congratulations! I can't believe you actually pulled this off.

MB said...

Brilliant!

Dolphin2 said...

Woo First to congratulate you... I hope you'll be well in your new house and have a good party. Won't be able to make it but wan't to give you a big round of applause on that one!

Coconuts said...

Unbelievable. Congratulations, this is huge!

Paul Kerl said...

Congratulations!

jf.sellsius said...

We've been rooting for you since February. Let us be the first to congratulate you Kyle.

a rat said...

Amazing. Congratulations on the successful end of your adventure -- but *who* gets to be in the movie??? Could it be... the Mayor?

Kristine said...

Kyle, I've been watching your project for many moons but have never commented. I am SO happy you succeeded, and congratulations on having enough optimism to believe this could work. If more people thought like you, the world would be a better and definitely "funner" place. Seriously thinking about showing up to audition and party. I'm low-maintenance. I'll sleep in my car. Cheers to you!

Allan Wills said...

YAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

Boogiejuice said...

Great!!!
Congratulations.

Jon said...

Congrats. Amazing that you pulled it off. How's an urbanite like you going to survive in Kipling? Maybe that's the next adventure? or Reality Show.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Why stop here? I think you should keep going and try to trade the house for either an Airplane or an apartment building.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!

quantum-mechanic said...

Congratulations, Kyle, you have made history here! I'll be looking out for your book!

Roy said...

So very, very rad. Congrats, Kyle!

satoshi said...

Congrats! Admittedly, I first learned about your goal last night through a Slashdot article that said you had completed your quest. I read through everything up until that point and checked again today to see if you had updated on the house.

One year. Must have seemed like such a long time for it to happen, but looking back, it won't seem long at all.

Again, congratulations. This project truly shows the determination mankind is capable of.

And by the way, you're writing style rocks. If you haven't already, please go into writing.

ChillyMama said...

HOLY COW, KYLE!!!! Congratulations! This is SO COOL.

This project is absolutely, bar none, THE most incredible web project I have ever witnessed. You are an amazing guy and Dom is one amazing woman to have put up with the whole thing. You have done something wholly unique - be proud of yourself, young man!

Wow, time to buy a ticket to Saskatchewan! This is one party I'd hate to miss!

Ruth said...

This is brilliant. Congratulations to you, and congratulations to Kipling, SK!
I'm sorry I'll have to miss the party. I'm sure you'll have a great time.

Anonymous said...

Kyle,

Thank you for all that you have done to help out others on your red paper clip ride.

Jennifer and I met you and Jody in Phoenix and have been following your story since.

I travel all over the United State working and when I call home to talk to Jennifer we always talk about "what's new with Kyle"

She and I will do everything in our power to make it your housewarming party. If you need any help planning the big event, please write us for our phone number and we would be more then willing to help planning the event.

Again, thank you for providing us with great conversation, hope for future kindness, and just some good clean fun.

Respectfully,
Bruce and Jen
Scottsdale, Arizona USA

dtoxik said...

I've been following your story for a while now. Having recently moved into Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, I wish you well in your new home!

Jimmy Rogers said...

How does Dom feel about the new house?

GChevy410 said...

Hey man, I just wanted to say that I have been following this site for about three or forth months daily, and I think what you have done is pretty neato. You have feed off the best of people and shown the world over what can happen when someone acts unselfishly and the good of all parties involved. So now that you are throwing a party I'm kinda thinking "eff it" and just make a road trip of it...I moved from Texas to Seattle, so really I am already over half way there. (No I do not actually use the word Neato, or Nifty for that matter, but man its about as much fun as throwing in words like that as I am sure it is to use "quotes" and phrases like "wait theres more"...yup that is fun) Anyway good for you, and I will try to make it to your party. I will RSVP as soon as I know, and if you are ever in Seattle, or anywhere in Texas (mainly Fort Worth) you have a place to stay. george_chevaillier@yahoo.com

Snapster said...

Congrats! time for a red clip BOC.

Wah said...

Congrats!

The free market in action (with a wee bit of media exposure to multiply the perceived value).

That's one helluva year. Kudos.

Josh said...

Good Job Kyle! I knew you would do it! Have fun in Sask.

God Bless
JT

Ivy said...

Congratulations, Kyle! Well done! :-)

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS! Be sure to get the press to cover the story.

Do you get the house for life?

MystiCougar aka VixenValley said...

WTG...KYLE I KNEW YOU DO IT LET ME BE THE 1ST TO SAY CONGRATS YOU'RE AMAZING!!! But how you pulled it off 1 yr. to the day just ROCKS!!! AND a key to the town of Kipling to boot!!! BUT the worlds largest One Red PaperClip Monument will be nothing shy of honoring a HERO!!! I've followed your story since just after the "Fish Pen" trade...from there I stumbled onto your other sites too. I'd so like to start a "Mail Barrel of Hooterville USA" which is located in Oklahoma, smack dab in the middle of the crossroads of the US. but I can't figure a place to put the barrel LOL If you have any "FABULOUS" ideas after you and Dom get moved into 503 Main Street, let me know **WINK**

Thx ~ Valli

simon (of the big sort) said...

Heya, Kyle! Congratulations!

And erm... you realize that most vinyl siding doesn't take well to paint, right?

Mike Falcone said...

Fantastic job fine sir.

nUhN said...

Wonderful! I knew you will get it from the moment i knew your idea.
I'm a girl from Spain, your story it's also known by this side of the Atlantic Ocean. I'll miss your news now, it was so amusing reading your web. Especially the trip to Yahk and the trade with Alice Cooper.
Thanks for this time. Enjoy! :)

Rhea said...

Brilliant! When I first heard about your idea I thought it was clever but I was doubtful how it would end. Happy ending!

Tamara said...

Kyle-
WOW- congrats!

1. It would be cool if everyone you traded with could make it there- especially the ONE INSTANT PARTY!

2. Pictures of the interior would be nice too- maybe a video.

3. We want to send a gift as well.

--And since we know your address I STRONGLY suggest you register and let the world know (or you could end up with posters of paperclips and teapots with paperclip motif LOL). Seriously we are going to send one so...

what's_my_line? said...

FREAKIN GRATZ KYLE! THAT'S AWSOME!

Wayne and Maureen said...

I just found your site now. I've come to the party late (or is this just the beginning?), but let me add my congratulations!

And bravo to the generous people of Kipling, Sask.

All the best!

Adam K said...

AWESOME!!! CONGRATULATIONS MAN!! You are an inspiration to ALL of us!!

You deserve this more than anyone!

Hope this journey brings you and your girlfriend lots of happiness!

Adam K.

Stello said...

Congrats! =D

FrostilicusFrost said...

Kyle, I've been following your site from time to time for the last couple of months.. thought it was a tad nutty at first, but now having seen that you've traded up for a house...that to me is a great achievement. Congratulations, and best wishes for the future.

FrostilicusFrost

Anonymous said...

You're my hero, Kyle!

Seth said...

Congratulations! An amazing feat resulting with an amazing barter. Fantastic, simply fantastic!

The Bartering Man said...

Simply amazing, thats all I have to say about this. It's hard to imagine the fact that you took an everyday item and traded it upwards and outwards to something that well, isn't an everyday item for some people. Also, Kyle, you've inspired me to make up my own trading blog (and I really hate to promote my own blog here!) that's slowly taking off, and I have to thank you for that, big time.

Once again, congratulations on your free house.

Aaron Suggs said...

Congratulations!

Amelia Kaye said...

KYLE!!! that is AMAZING congrats to you!!! I have to admit, that I was following this pretty closely, and if I wasn't a poor college student in Fargo, ND, I would DEF. be at your housewarming party!!! I will be there in Spirit though!!!
but congrats again!!!!
Latta!
~Amelia~
p.S. Do you know where I can find a red paperclip??? ;-)

Anonymous said...

Hey, I live in Springside and go to Kenosee Lake a couple times a year (Was actually there June 30th - July 3rd). And I know a number of people from Carlyle. Not sure if I'll be able to make it but I'll send as many as possible your way.

Congratulations.

annie said...

KYLE!!!!! Oh my goodness i just knew you'ld do it!
so, are you going to sign the deal w/dear prudence fishpen??
i am very tempted to make my way up to your new home all the way from seattle. i just recieved a copy of the miracle tv show in japan from keiko. what a blast.

you are amazing .... thank you , being a part of this adventure has been a wonderful experience for me.
i just saw you on the news btw komo4.

annie

Tali from Israel said...

Mazaltof!

I am so happy for you and for the human spirit you have managed to manifest - I'm gonna throw a party in honour of u and the red paperclip!

Maybe you can have your party live on webcam so we can take part (time differences will be overcome) we will be wearing our red paperclips here in Israel
(still looking for that newspaper that will earn me a patch...)
A big kiss,

Susan said...

Congratulations and thank you for the inspiration. Your one year journey from paperclip to house is proof that we all create our own reality and that focused thought is how we do so. You have given my faith a sorely needed boost.

For six months I have been receiving inspirational e-mails from TUT (Totally Unique Thoughts) and my favorite is taped to my monitor. *Your thoughts are the very key. You can do it. Whatever you want, you can have it. Just think it, feel it, move vaguely towards it, and with persistence, tipping points will be reached, critical mass formed and the most outlandish serendipities arranged...You are a nonstop creating machine, a manifesting maestro. You are pure 'cause'...*

Although I will not be physically present at your party, know that I will be there in spirit, celebrating your amazing accomplishment!

C.C. Chapman said...

Congratulations. I'm psyched to not only see you reached your goal, but reached it in style. Quite the offer!

Cindy said...

Woo-hoo! Congrats!

Since everyone has your address, be prepared for lots of housewarming gifts.... better buy an extra package of thank-you cards!

Seriously, great job with the project and the website. I hope you keep the website going for a little while to keep us all updated on the move and the first few months in the new house.

not neat freak said...

Congratulations Kyle. I;ve been following you since the fish pen trade, and I knew you could do it.

Kudo to the town of Kipling for this amazing trade and other special offerings.

A live webcam must be set up for those of us who cannot join in the party.

I know that we will be hearing more about you in the future.

Congratualtions again on a job well done.

RobC said...

Way to go Kyle! The best is that you had fun and met some amazing people!
I bet this is not the end though!

pseudojoe said...

way to go!!!

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU KYLE

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY...

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PEOPLE OF KIPLING, SASKATCHEWAN ... PEOPLE WITH VISION AND GENEROSITY TO MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE... I MIGHT MOVE THERE MYSELF

ANYTHING IS REALLY POSSIBLE WHEN GREAT MINDS MEET

Anonymous said...

Congrats! I've been following this since you traded for the Alice Cooper meet-up!

thehealingroom said...

Dear Kyle,

Thankyou for your excellent sense of humour, easy-to-read writing style and expecially the Brings-Tears-to-my-Eyes inspiriation.

I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog and will dearly miss it.

I hope to be able to leave beautiful BC for a few days to be at your housewarming.

This is truly an occasion for celebration.

peace

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!! Montreal's gonna miss you. If I were you I'd work out a trade to get back the original paperclip, have it framed, insured, and hang it somewhere unique in the house. But since I'm not you I'll have to start a company just to hire you in some sort of PR position 'cause you've got a gift.

Dave

Ben said...

You totally rock man! I'm really glad there are people like you around.
I hope a lot of people turn up for the party. It would be great to be there.

Lily said...

It's late - I'm too tired to scroll down the entire 79 preceding comments so if someone has already asked this, I apologise.......I'd just like to know what constitutes half a bathroom?

Kyle Korleski said...

You know, I wish I could do the same thing for Permanent Resident Status in Canada.

Jim said...

Congrats! I'm glad it's finally a done deal. That was one heck of a project to start and you did it with alot of "panache" (oh yes i speak french).

Félicitations Kyle!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. You made it, and it less than a year. A what a year it was.

Oh wow, I still can't beleive you managed it. One red paperclip for a house. How did you do it? By working for it and proving that anything is possible. Good job.

All we can hope is the journey doesn't end here.

kimber the wolfgrrrl said...

Congratulations Kyle! That's fantastic -- I'm now trying to figure out how I can get to 503 Main Street for the house party..... :)

Kim Bannerman

The Flamingess said...

All I can say is - AWESOME!!
Congratulations - you DID IT!!

ba said...

i live in saskatchewan.
good job dude.
tell me when your first house party is and we shall get crunk.

RightGirl said...

Congratulations! I have been following your trades for a while now, and I am very impressed. Way to go!

RG

Anonymous said...

YAY!
Good job Kyle!!!!
You've gotten your house!!!
I haven't gotten mine yet though :(
If someone has something to offer me, please visit my site:

www.clipeazul.com

Thank you!

Rodrigo Policarpo

Saskboy said...

Congrats, I've been to Kipling for a morning and it looks like a nice town.

Anonymous said...

Just found this today and you've got the house. Awesome dude. Wish I could be at the house warming. From Kyle in Wellington, New Zealand.

At-Globe said...

Congratulations, Kyle.
This is totally incredible!
You are really cool!

redrubberband said...

Congratulations Kyle! Quick work, only one year from red paper clip to house. Truly amazing!

Anonymous said...

So where are you registered if we want to send a housewarming gift?

Anonymous said...

CONGRATS.
I am a resident of Assiniboia Saskatchewan. Welcome to our province. Your site is amazing and i have been watching since the beginning and hoped that you would do it in a year. I also hope that i can get to the party. I am only a short drive away. so welcome to our province.

Jeremy Olson said...

\/\/00+ you mentioned minot, north dakota! i live like 80 miles from there & got family there, i just found your site today, cool idea, you sir are awesome

Taylor Forsyth said...

I live an hour away from Kipling.

To me, this is insane.

I've never been to kipling though.

Congrats!

Spat said...

Bravo...

Not only you made web history with your quest... but you just made history PERIOD with the succefull trades... congrats again and come back with awsome ideas like this again :-)

Anonymous said...

Well done, you could never do that here in the UK.Its amazing what you can do if you put your mind to it. Have a great Housewarming do

Chiho said...

omedetou! Congratulations!!! Kyle!!! You made a heroic legend.
I'm very proud of you !

Saintless said...

Awesome! Congrats! All that jazz. Where are the pics of the house?!?!

KON said...

おめでとう!!
素晴らしいですね、
日本のテレビで見てから、
気になっていました、
本当におめでとう(^◇^)/

Sniper said...

Cool.... but just think what you could have gotten by trading a Blue Paperclip!

Shady said...

Wow, this is crazy. I used to smoke pot in that house when I was a kid. Can't wait to go back for the house-warming party!

UNO said...

おめでとうございます。
こんなことってあるんですね。
世界中で同じことをやる人が現れそうです。

mk said...

Kyle,
Congratulations! to your challenge and passion to reach the goal...
i am so impressed, and got power to live my own precious life.
thanks a lot,
and wishing your NEW life become a great one.

ciao.

Diana S said...

Congrats on your accomplishment but I have an idea. Instead of having auditions for the movie role why not film the movie right there in town and have IT be the star? Local townspeople could extras.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Kyle! I grew up and went to school in Kipling. It is a great place to be from! I know that they will roll out the red carpet for you. Good luck to you in all that you do and I hope to see you at the Housewarming Party!

Tony said...

Congrats and welcome to Saskatchewan! You'll love the winters ;)

Anonymous said...

Hey congrats! Kyle, A montreal'er myself i saw your story on cnn today. Inspired me enough to look up your cause and see if i can persuade you to look up my Myspace page and see if you can find some use for it!!

www.myspace.com/Justice514

Hit me up!!!

Jason Lott said...

Yeah, dude! Awesome.

I think the best part of this is that not only were you able to trade apaperclip for a house, but that you were able to do so in a humane and admirable fashion that kept in line with your morals. Well done.

'Hate to nitpick, but I'm not sure if siding can be painted, though. Not that I'm gonna tell you that something can't be done.

Roadtrip!

TS said...

Saskatchewan, huh? Did you know there's a town called Eyebrow in Saskatchewan? They have a Free Methodist Church there. It's called the Eyebrow Free Methodist Church.

Sock Girl said...

Congratulations! Your journey is truly inspirational to dreamers everywhere.

Big F said...

Go on youself Kyle,
Absolutely Brilliant!!
Been following your site for months now, just great that you have got the house.
Have a great housewarming party..
Keepon rockin!!

Fraser
Scotland

Anonymous said...

CHANTA!

Anonymous said...

I say that it isn't impossible. It's simply what you imagine it is.

Kailem said...

I just discovered One Red Paperclip today and was totally blown away. HUGE Congratulations to you and Dom, Kyle.

I used to play "Bigger and Better" with my youthgroup. I think the best thing we ever got was a picnic table, but some would argue that the broken lawnmower was better.

Eriko said...

Congratulations!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome work. Ive been following you for a long time and im glad to see things finally worked out for you.

jlb said...

I will have to tell this story to my students in Phoenix, AZ. A true story that your dreams can come true. Thank you. Awesome job! young man. Enjoy, your new home and new location.

Anonymous said...

The thing I love about your story is that you help people along the way, you do not act as if you are conseded, congradulations.

Anonymous said...

No f**** way dude this is out of the planet, here in argentina whe have a tv show "CQC" they do exactly the same thing, they started with a button and ended up with a car and so on... this shit realy take time but's cool any way !

Mark said...

Kyle, old boy,

Good job. But, go back to your first blog - you spoke of an island or a house on an island. Is it over? Or are there to be more trades until you are on that island?!

Miles Rushton said...

NEW CHALLENGE!!

Swap the house for a trip into outer space.

Now, that would be an impressive!

Dones said...

Congrats, man. Couldn't have happened to a more creative guy.

Anonymous said...

Kyle -

You are so inspiring! We live in NC and are getting married Labor Day weekend - I am thinking honeymoon? Now what can we trade for gas money to get to Canada?

- Lily & Andy

Norman said...

Congrats Kyle - it was a one year mission, but you did it the fun way, and brought us with you.

**clapping frantically**

Norman!

Angie said...

Let me just add my congrats to the long line of congrats. :)

Jen said...

That's crazy, like Really freakishly awsome in a crazyful insanely cool way, I never thought you could do it in a year, but now you even get it on the aniversary, that's just...so cool

Anonymous said...

That has got to be the dumbest thing I've ever heard in my life. I am in awe of you. You, sir, are proof that dreams do come true, as long as you count on everyone you come in contact with being dumb. You are seriously the coolest person I currently know of.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Kyle!

It is so cool that you started out with a paper clip and ended up with a house!!

NYD said...

I have been following your adventure for about four months now. My wife, friends and even the students at my school are so completely enraptured with your story. Congratulations on achieveing your goal. Two questions; What's next? and What are you going to do in Kipling Saskatchewan

NYD said...

Hey Kyle congratulations on achieving your goal of one house!
I have been following your adventure since you traded the keg for the snow mobile. My wife, friends and students have all been rooting for you. I'm certain it's been one funtastick ride. Just Two questions; What's next and What are you going to do in Kipling Saskatchewan?

You can get in touch with me here

http://thenyd.blogspot.com/

Hope to hear from you
NYD.

Sean said...

You did it!! I've been following this since the start, what a ride, man.

Congrats!

Solaria said...

wow!....
what an ecxiting story! ^^*

congratulations! ^0^

and thank you for showing that stuff like this doesnt only work in cartoons .. ^-^

wow...
... i want to try too xP

Anonymous said...

Incredible...

Go futher ! Change the house for a plane...a plane for a country...a country for Europe ;-)

Martin (from Europe)

Anonymous said...

Freakin' legendary bud, fair play!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic! Very nice done Kyle.
What's next on your journey?
(we wan't more ;-).

Cheers,
Morten
..from Copenhagen, Denmark

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Kyle, or may I say Mr One Day Honor Mayor of Kipling!

I discovered your blog today thanks to a yahoo! link on the french Y! page. (yes I m french!). What you've done is really unbelievable, and I believe that you really are a genious, a business genious as Trump and Gates were! If you had told anybody last year: "Next year this paper clip will be a house" noone would have believed you. What you've done is just GREAT!
As said in France: "Mes respects Monsieur le Maire!"

Tim
French Fan

Anonymous said...

Nice trade you did,.
Want to trade your house for a girl on http://www.webgirlz.net ?

guess not ;-)

Enjoy !

Anonymous said...

Kyle, well done! sehr impressiv, i wish i could fly in from Australia for the house party - maybe on your 1 year anniversary. That'll give Kipling a chance to construct the red paperclip monument.

m. said...

Oh man you did it! Remember to buy red paint for tomorrow, cuz there is free labour coming your way! Your project has been really inspiring and fun, wish you all the best on whatever you do next :) (maybe a oneredpaperclip museum?)

Carla said...

I've been folllowing your journey since last year but only just heard that you got the house when I heard it tonight on the evening news here in Australia. Congratulations!

Pete Johns said...

Many, many congratulations!

Proof if proof were needed that you really can do anything if you put your mind to it. Inspirational stuff!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kyle,

Cool! You did it. Guess what? I just saw you on Thai TV. Yeah, you made it that far! It took me a while to explain to my wife what the hell you just did.

I actually was on your website a couple months ago. Can't remember how I made it there but tonight is a repeat. It's a small connected world! What can happen trough the net is amazing and you are the perfect example.

Wish I could make it to the party.

Good luck

Tierry (Bangkok, Thailand and originatly from Victoriaville, Que)

COxford said...

Congratulatons Kyle,

Read about your journey in newspaper here in NC. Great thought and greater determination.

Is anything else in the making?

C. Oxford

Julia said...

And I just saw you on tv in Japan. I had to go to the website to find out about it, cause even living here, I don't know what they were saying! (they dubbed over your voice) But it sure looked cool!

Anonymous said...

Congrats! You are a visionary!

Now here is an idea for you...

How about having Rawnie and Corinna continue the tradition on July 12th by offering the red paperclip back up for grabs.

-Dave

Doreen said...

OMG..You did it!!!!!! I'm so excited for you!!! I will miss checking your site daily to see how you're doing. Quick thought for your housewarming party..put up a big piece of plywood on one of the walls in the house and have everyone sign and date it, it's a cool memory to look back on all the time! I'd love to be there for the housewarming, thanks for the invite!!!! Congrats again!
Doreen

NYD said...

Hey Kyle, congratulations on achieving your goal. I have been keeping track of your journey in creative capitalism since mid -April. My wife and friends and students here in Japan have all been keenly interested in how it would all turn out. We're all extremely happy that you got a home of your own.

I hope that you can find a way to continue the adventure.
Best of luck in the future.

NYD
http://thenyd.blogspot.com/

Angus said...

Haha! That's great Kyle!
Even better, I found your blog about 8 onths ago and then forgot to check up on it. Now 8 monts later on the local Radio Station in GERMANY <_< they mentioned you'd won.
Have fun in your new domicile!

Vegetapaul said...

Tell me that you're going to try out for the movie role. You've got to!

cotton said...

Y'all just rock! This is the coolest story ever!! Can't wait to see the house painted red...will you barter for that little chore? If I were sure we'd have a place to sleep, I swear we'd drive up from Texas. Congrats to you both!!!

magda303 said...

Wow! Congrats! I just learned about your quest. If you've asked me a year ago I would day that this is impossible. but you proved many people wrong. This is awesome!
Magda from Poznan, Poland

Kristoffer said...

Hi Kyle,
Congratulations from Denmark. I've been following your quest for a while now and I am truly happy that you have succeeded..!

WAY TO GO...!

Anonymous said...

Congrats from the UK...you made it dude!

Anonymous said...

Don't stop until you get the Space Shuttle.

Justus said...

Congrats!
One red paperclip got you all the way to a house! I'm so impressed!

By the way, I sent you the newspaper article a while back and I never got the patch!

-Justus Goldstein-Shirley

Anonymous said...

September long weekend? You realize there could be a whole pile o' Blue Bomber fans making a small detour off the #1 and stopping in, right? ;-)

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breckgirldiva said...

Kyle,

I literally fell into your info while signing into my yahoo account. I must say that this is the most amazing story I have ever heard. I swear that this shows the ingenuity of the human race to perfection. Congrats on your accomplishment!.

K.P., San Diego, CA

kriscoop said...

Congratulations Kyle!

It's so nice to read a happy news story for once! Your tale is quite amazing. Good luck with the new house, your party, the auditions etc. :)

I would love to see the biggest red paperclip in the world, I'll make a roadtrip someday!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kyle i live in Lithuania even our local news reported your trade your becoming famous for your idea i wish u luck maybie one day you will trade something not only in North America but world wide ;) i wish you luck smartass ^^

Anonymous said...

AMAZING! I had forgot about you and your quest (I read about it when you had received the rental in Phoenix) until it popped up on my Yahoo home page this morning.

Congratulations! I love when stuff like this happens.

furf said...

Congratulations, Kyle! You are one of the few people who truly understands the old Web 1.0 cliche, "harnessing the power of the Internet."

Now, want to trade that house for the right to name our NYC improv group?



Cheers,
furf

Anonymous said...

Kipling is a short hop, skip and jump from where I live. Just to let y'all know - the Coop is the best place for groceries. And bring Mosquito spray and sunscreen.

Anonymous said...

WOW dude i heard about you on Attack of the Show on G4TV. i heard how you traded that paperclip for a pen then on and on.
Now you have a house man you rock. you going to trade it for something else?
tell us.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations,

I just heard about this project from my mom who sent me a link to your site because, well, I was raised in Kipling and my parents still live there.

FYI Kipling is only 1.5 hrs east of Regina, has a campground and a golf course. It is also only 1/2 hr from a large provincial park with a huge campground and hotels, cabins etc... So anyone wanting to come to the party or auditions need not worry about a place to stay.

I hope to make it down for the party

Anonymous said...

awesome story man, it helped me get through an entire boring afternoon at work. whatever happened with the trip to yahk?

jurassicpork said...

Just read about your incredible odyssey on Yahoo News, so let me be the 143rd here to congratulate you. As a blogger, myself, I'm glad that another one of us made good.

Best of luck to you and your girlfriend.

magillicuddy said...

Wow, I'm from NY living in Paris France for many many too many years, and just read about you, and I spent ten minutes translating your story for my husband (into French) and he sits back down on our couch to fold the laundry and then yells over to me, in French, "don't need you to do the translations, he's on the French news, your friend with the paper clip" -- well something like that. Awesome story and congrats...I know, too many run on sentences but it's so emotional...

Sylvie - Ottawa said...

Your'e the man!!

Kyle, you came up with a genious idea and you made it through geniously!!

Congradulation on your house, you have achieve your goal!!

Bravo, félicitation!!

Anonymous said...

dude, you are freakin' awesome

Anonymous said...

Kyle,
Well done young man. I had read about your venture a little while back and it ended at the point where you had secured a house rent free in Arizona for a year. And I thought, way to go!
But I lost track. This past Sunday (July 9) I had three of my kids over to dinner along with their SO's and spouses and your project came up. One of them reported that you had made it! So you turned up today on the Yahoo Newswires and I read about your success. I guess I didn't realize you had a blog to follow but googling did the trick. I'm glad I didn't read the part about the Alice Cooper snow globe of I would have lost heart. How you pulled that one off I'll never know. But hey, you got the job done. Congratulations to you!

Joe from Wilmington (DE not NC)

Diggity said...

Kyle,

If only I could fly up there to see it all unfold, but I guess that's what the news and this web page are for.

Keep us all posted on the biggest housewarming...

So Yahoo.com had you as a 'featured article' and I've pretty much spent the entire day reading the travels of the one red paperclip. I have to say it's inspiring.

Cheers to you…from Omaha, NE, USA

Galleguayo said...

Hoy conocimos vuestra historia, somos de Uruguay pero actualmente vivimos en Galicia, España, y les mandamos nuestras felicitaciones...

Enhorabuena desde Arzúa.

Anonymous said...

Good work! I started out from Montreal with a backpack and $100 and now 20 years later I own a nice house in California. Your house would be worth a lot here if you could just move it! Congratulations!

Admin said...

Congratulations Kyle good job.

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Fritz said...

I can't believe you didn't take my offer!
good luck in kipling!
just ran through Sask. on holidays...enjoy.

Phil said...

Way to go. Knew you had it cracked when you bagged the snow globe.

Since its the Town of Kipling that swapped the house perhaps it would be more fitting if the Town appeared in the film though flying it over would be a slight logistical problem.

Perhaps theyy could swap something for a fleet of Antonov's?

Luna said...

Oh dude! Kipling?! My husband's grandparents live there! He grew up *really* close to there. And a chunk of my family is from Windthorst!

I spent a lot of time in Kipling as a kid. My cousins had a grandma there, and I kinda adopted her as my own. She lived on Main Street too! Incredible.

You do realize there is NOTHING to do in Kipling, right? :) And that the average age of residents is about 65?

Oh, I wish I could go to your housewarming. What a party that'll be. You might wanna warn/invite personally the neighbours and let the local RCMP in on it. Otherwise you're likely to get shut down quickly.

Good luck, dude.

Anonymous said...

That is so awesome.

I have been following your journey off and on since I saw it on tv a while back. I hadn't heard anything for a while and I had sort of forgotten about your little project. That is, until I saw the front page of the newspaper this morning!

Surprising how you ended up here in Saskatchewan of all places. I never thought you would be able to do it. But we are very generous here in Saskatchewan and I hope you will love the quiet life (extra quiet life since you are going to be living in Kipling) my province has to offer.

I would love to go to your "Biggest Saskatchewan housewarming party EVER", but I don't think I'll be able to afford the gas for a 9 hour+ road trip lol.

Congratulations once again and welcome to Saskatchewan,

A fellow Saskatchewanian

Anonymous said...

Un-F'ing real & Brilliant too, I think ; )

Anonymous said...

Hey Kyle
Congrats on the the house in Saskatchewan, your gonna love it here. I am from a small town not too far away, called Bienfait. I might just have to make the trip up to Kipling for Labour Day.
P.S. Did you know there is actually a town called Kyle in Saskatchewan?...too bad you didn't get a house there.

Jen said...

CONGRATS!!!

Kent said...

I saw the story on UPN's morning show this morning and was shocked to see that the house was located in Kipling! Not only did I spend a chunk of my childhood there, but my parents were just there on the weekend for my grandmother's 90th birthday (she lives at the far end of Main Street)

DragonMistress74 said...

I'll give ya a bag of 100 red paper clips for the house. Just think, do this 100 more times and you'll have a whole city to yourself...haha!

averilchan said...

Congratulation you amazing one! =)

Who knew Barter Trade would becom so lucrative...

Nothing is impossible they say!

Cheers all the way from Singapore,
Averil =)

Yuki from Japan said...

Congratulations! That's so awesome!! I've been following your journey since I saw you on Japanese TV show. To be honest with you, at first I never beleived it would happen..."trade one paperclip for a house? no way!"
but you made it in a year. you rock!
so cool! again, Congratulations!!

Anonymous said...

you should keep trading until you get you house on an island

Julia said...

Hello Kyle
I'm Julia from Holland and I want to tell you that you were one TV here yesterday telling about that house and I saw you on stage with:
(Was it Alice Cooper?)
Congratulations with this succes !! :)

Pedrosplaything said...

KYLE!!

Today is the big day!! The key is yours and you have earned it!! I'll be wearing a big red paperclip today even though I might get funny looks!! I'm gonna tell everyone about it!

Bobbi Jo Erichsen
Windsor, Ontario

Anonymous said...

next challenge: trade a house for a country

Anonymous said...

today is the official day, congrats!!!!

billythekid said...

damn thats a hot offer, i think mayor for the day would rock!

i'm sickened by your commitment, i wish i wasnt so lazy! lol

btk

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