Trade It Up! The Great Teapot Exchange

Test your team's entrepreneurial spirit with Trade It Up! The Great Teapot Exchange. Successful teams are savvy marketers and willing to network, negotiate and barter with the locals. Armed with only a classic teapot (or other everyday item) and two hours of trading time, teams explore the city to trade up for riches and glory. Can a teapot be traded for a nice watch, or will a team settle for box of chocolates? Either could be valuable for the next deal! Instant photo cameras help document the day's adventure and the treasures collected are donated to a charity of your choice!

Our emcee introduces the activity and distributes area maps and teapots to each team. Teams have a limited amount of time to scour the city, make trades and bring back the most valuable item(s) possible. Along the journey, teams take photos of each transaction to document the adventure. They may not use their own money or trade anything other than the teapot and items obtained from trades of the teapot. When teams return, they decorate a storyboard of their journey and promote the final item(s) that they collected. Teams have the opportunity to donate their winnings to a local charity for use in their silent auction or other fundraiser. Bragging rights and novelty prizes are awarded to teams that return the finest bounty and/or had the greatest adventure.

Items We Have Seen Teapots Traded For Include:
  • Cell Phones
  • Hats
  • Baseball Tickets
  • Meals at Restaurants
  • Deluxe Car Rentals
  • Health Club Memberships
  • Pens
  • Money
  • Toys
  • Autographs
  • Sports Equipment and Clothing.

"They were in meeting for 10 hours that day and I honestly believe they became energized once we got started. I also think breaking up the buddies by giving them team assignment cards upon walk-in was great! They initially didn't like it but even VP commented on it the next day that it gave people from different teams the chance to work together with someone they probably would have barely spoken to before. We didn't lose very many people which just goes to show you how much fun everyone was having. "

– Frito-Lay, Inc.