By Jennifer Lawinski, CNNMoney.com contributing writer

November 13, 2009: 12:44 PM ET

BRISTOL, Conn. (CNNMoney.com)

Short on cash? Join the new old economy and swap.

“There’s no recession in barter,” said Debbie Lombardi as she navigated the crowd at the Barter Business Unlimited’s Annual Business & Holiday Barter Show, held Thursday in Bristol, Conn.

More than 1,000 people affiliated with 100 vendors of all kinds packed into a hotel event space to wheel and deal and trade their wares. As Lombardi, the event’s host, worked the floor, dozens of small business owners stopped her to ask questions. One owns a bicycle shop. One is a longtime friend and jewelry-store owner. (more…)