Significant Objects is on a fast track to becoming one of my favorite things on the Internet. The architects behind Significant Objects, Rob Walker and Joshua Glenn, buy cheap items at yard sales, from cat plates to ceramic hot dogs, and then give the items a back story.
The items bought at yard sales are then put up for sale on eBay with their new stories to see if having a 'history' gives the items more value. The money goes towards the author of the story. Who knew a cat plate could have such a rich (albeit fake) history?
Significant Objects Give Stories Back to Yard Sale Finds
1. Fake History Auctions - Opportunity to create demand and increase value for ordinary items by attaching fictional stories.
2. Yard Sale Revival - Reviving interest in yard sales by adding storytelling and nostalgia to the buying experience.
3. Value in Narrative - Recognizing the potential for storytelling to enhance perceived value and emotional connection to products.
1. E-commerce - E-commerce platforms can leverage the concept of fake history auctions to increase sales and differentiate themselves from competitors.
2. Collectibles - The collectibles market can benefit from incorporating narratives and histories to add value to otherwise commonplace items.
3. Content Creation - Content creators can explore the opportunity to tell stories and create engaging narratives around products to boost consumer interest.