I’ve always thought the experience of buying things in a thrift shop or consignment store could be made appealing — even fun — if the previous owner left you a note. Think of the possibilities. “I’m Jackie O and I wore this Givenchy gown when the Queen came to dinner at the White House.” “I’m Liz Taylor and I wore this to my fifth wedding. Michael Todd just loved it!”
Now, many notes won’t be that exciting. But what if a sofa came with a note from a previous owner saying “This was my only piece of furniture during 4 years of medical school. Please take care of it.”? Or, a note accompanying a pair of shoes came from the widow of a man who happened to own your favorite restaurant”?
Stories are cheap. It doesn’t cost a thing to attach one to a sweater or sofa. Stories add value. Enhancing the value of something that might otherwise go to waste.