Significant Objects book interview and story reading

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6 Responses to “Significant Objects book interview and story reading”

  1. Spocko says:

    When my parents passed away I was in charge of selling all their knickknacks and furniture on Craig’s List. I told little stories about all the furniture and items. We sold it all for asking price and I got nominated for a few “Best of Craig’s List” for the stories. The people who got the items said they appreciated the stories of how the objects were used and the people who used them.
    Here was one:
    Occasional chair

    I didn’t know what to call this chair, easy? living room? stuffed? I was told the correct name is occasional chair. Which made me wonder if when it wasn’t a chair it was other things. If it could talk would it say, “Occasionally I’m a chair but mostly I’m a crime fighter.” We have no way of knowing what it is doing when it is not being a chair.

    Here was another:

    Blue. Human sized, see photo.

    This powered lift and recliner chair is especially great for people who have trouble getting out of chairs because of bad knees, weak ankles or a double detached slipped disc surgery. It’s also great for small people who have trouble flinging themselves back hard enough to manually force the recliner on a regular chair to pop out.

    The power recliner and “lift you up” part happens at a moderate pace so you don’t have to worry about the chair shooting you or your mom across the room into the oak entertainment center.

    Do you want to make your mom or dad the envy of everyone at their retirement community? Then buy this chair for them. Their aching backs will thank you. All the other retirees will wonder why their kids aren’t as thoughtful.

    Charge it! We take credit cards.

    We can’t help you move or deliver it but maybe you have some kids who should be helping out their parents while you help out your parents. Ask them to do it and maybe they can get some hard candy when it’s delivered.

  2. coelacanth says:

    This is the secret of success of companies like Saddleback Leather or Filson or L. L. Bean–it’s all about creating a cool narrative. 

    • Susan Carley Oliver says:

      J Peterman!

      I swear I bought more of “his” (their) stuff because I wanted so damn hard to be the adventurer the catalog was describing.

  3. pebird says:

    And we learn that stories are important to humans.

  4. Nickel says:

    I am reminded of the Japanese collectors of Americana – mickey mouse watches, old six-shooters, etc – in The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

  5. penguinchris says:

    I recently sold hundreds of thrift store items on ebay (for a tidy profit, though not as much as I’d hoped). At first I wrote little narratives for each one, but gave up because I had so many things to list and it got tedious (for particularly interesting items I wrote them, just gave up writing them for everything). It came as no surprise, of course, that the ones with amusing narratives got more views and higher bids.

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