Saskatchewan

Paper-clip blogger visits Sask. town to seal house trade

A Canadian blogger who ambitiously aimed to swap a paper clip for a house arrived in the small town of Kipling on Wednesday to complete the trade.

A Canadian blogger who ambitiously aimed to swap a paper clip for a house arrived in Kipling, Sask., on Wednesday to complete the trade.

In his 14th swap, Kyle MacDonald, 26, traded a role in a Hollywood movie for the three-bedroom farmhouse in Kipling,about two hours east of Regina.

Kipling Mayor Pat Jackson also declared MacDonald honorary mayor for a day.

MacDonald, of Belcarra, B.C., began his blog on July 12, 2005. With the ultimate goal of home ownership, MacDonald traded his paperclip for a fish-shaped pen. He then traded the pen for a handmade doorknob.

MacDonald continued to barter, and made trades for a camp stove, a generator, a keg and an illuminated Budweiser beer sign, a Bombardier snowmobile, a holiday, a cube van, a recording contract, a year's free rental in Phoenix, a KISS snow globe and an afternoon with rock star Alice Cooper, andfinally a paid role in a Corbin Bernsen movie called Donna on Demand.

MacDonald became a cyber celebrity and attracted attention from the international media. Hesays he'll move into the house with his girlfriend on Labour Day.