I recently posted about my curiosity of hiding through the crash or starting a Trading Post once we were WROL. Digging in and bunkering down certainly has its merits. I’m certain in my village I cannot do that. I live where I grew up and where my parents and grandparents were before me. Half of the people around me are either Czech or Mexican immigrants. All are 1-3rd generation Americans. Farmers, mechanics, carpenters, commercial gardeners, etc. Hard work and the old ways are common practice. These are my people. Most of the Czechs are old with kids and grandkids who moved away for city life. The Mexicans are a generation younger and have a tighter family unit. Recently we have become a bedroom community for upper middle class Americans. They come here to build McMansions and other sprawling houses. They bitch endlessly about sporadic hunting or recreational gunfire, the smell of livestock, and tractors slowing traffic. I kinda think a trading post would work well in a collapse. Things sought could be put on a board and things available on another. Prices could be strictly barter. Services needed could also be posted with the needy applying for a position doing as needed. Work could be brokered for a fee and security provided for another. Payment could be in hard goods, labor, or produce. I realize the establishment would be a target. Storage would be another challenge. I think it could work. Ideas, Monkeys? Have at me!