But how did Kyle Macdonald achieve such an unthinkable feat?
In the early 2000s, the young Montreal-based entrepreneur decided to immerse himself in the online trading community. He figured he’d test the waters with a trivial item - a tiny red paper clip found on his desk. Through a sequence of craigslist transactions, the paperclip resulted in a novelty pen, which resulted in an antique doorknob, which resulted in a camping stove, and so on.
Kyle continued to trade up and the return of these negotiations continued to increase in value and extremity. Throughout this process, he garnered possession of a snowmobile, a year-long condo rental in Phoenix and even a day with Alice Cooper. He eventually ended up with a prospective movie role in an upcoming project by director, Corbin Benson. This opportunity was then traded to a Kipling resident in exchange for a home on this city’s main stretch. Following the trade, this home was converted into the Paperclip Cottage Cafe in 2006 and has been open to the public ever since.
As part of the terms of this trade, Kipling erected their Giant Red Paper Clip in 2007 which earned them their spot in the Guinness Book of World Records!
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