Take My Life, Please
Going, Going, Gone. A Young Man Hocks All of His Possessions (Even His Sideburns) for a Little Insight.
In 2000, John D. Freyer started selling everything he owned — from his false teeth and answering machine tape to a bag of BBQ pork skins and his Floyd’s Masonry bowling shirt — on the Internet. Originally intending to get rid of the stuff in his Iowa City home so he could move to New York, he instead produced a website that has now spawned a book, All My Life for Sale (Bloomsbury, $19.95), memorializing some of those 600 items and charting their uncertain futures. — Gregory Kirschling
STUFF HE SOLD, PART ONE Casio keyboard, a Star Wars bedsheet, full-size office copier, ”Make Your Booty Itch” mix tape, Jesus night-light, Campbell’s Chunky soup, his college thesis, his sideburns. STUFF HE SOLD, PART TWO ”A date with my friend Shari sold for $52, which was totally crazy. Eating cheeseburgers with my friend Sara Langworthy sold for $10.35 before eBay stopped it. And then, yeah, I sold the opportunity to be me at my birthday party.” SALIENT FACT ABOUT HIS NEW FIANCEE ”She bought my kitchen table.” CREATIVE SPARK The people in Maine who bought his salt shaker invited him out to visit it. ”So I thought, ‘Huh, what if I were to plan a trip based on where these things went?”’ Freyer, 29, has since visited 60 buyers in more than 20 cities. FREE MUNCHIES ”The woman who bought [my four-pound] bag of sugar lives in New York. She’s coming to the reading tomorrow night, and she’s making chocolate chip cookies for 50 people…with my sugar.” HAPPY ENDING ”Now I have all the freedom in the world, I have a little bit of money, and I can actually move to New York, but I’m staying in Iowa City. The project made me comfortable with myself and where I am.”