Feb 15, 2017 | By Sarah Housley
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Aug 22, 2013
A current exhibition on display in Philadelphia explores the personal stories connected to clothing purchased on eBay.
Called Sentimental Value, the exhibition stems from a web-based project of the same name, started by writer Emily Spivack in 2007. Spivack realized that many items advertised on the e-commerce site came with listings comprising stories, confessions and amusing anecdotes, and she thus began collating and posting them to her website sentimental-value.com.
“I always knew there were stories connected to pieces of clothing. This made me wonder what I could find,” explained Spivack to Co.Design recently.
The exhibition displays 23 objects and garments purchased by Spivack from eBay, from around 2010 onwards, alongside their “original, unedited” descriptions. According to Co.Design, some of Emily’s favorite pieces in the exhibition include, “sunglasses blessed by Michael Jackson’s holy hands, Nikes with slashed air bubbles, courtesy of an angry ex-girlfriend, and a black minidress unintentionally purchased during a bout of sleep shopping.”
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