Stories of Stuff

Stories of Stuff

Landis Carey
Mar 4, 2011

The idea of stuff, what it is and its role in our lives has been on my brain for weeks now. Between immense travel (i.e. having to schlep around what I choose to pack) and Living with Less, I've been seriously reconsidering how I value what we have. So, I was truly interested in a recent blog post over at Etsy about storied objects and several projects underway to document those stories for current and future owners.

How to track an object's story over time using custom bar codes and smart phones...sounds interesting, right? We thought so too.

The initiatives that Etsy blogged about in Noted: Storied of Stuff were also featured in the The New York Times article The Back Story in September of last year.

One of the companies undertaking the project argues that if we know an object's story it makes it more valuable: "Our big superlofty goal would be to influence a shift in how people view their possessions," Graff says, because a thing's story makes it more valuable and less disposable."

What do you think? If you knew an object's story and the story wasn't your own, would you value it more? I'm still pondering the answers to these questions, considering valuing that story may have to trump my own efforts to Live with Less. Tell is what you think in the comments below!

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