One day John Freyer decided to sell everything he owned on the internet. He invited his friends over to tag all the possessions in his apartment, and he systematically put them up for sale on eBay. An unopened box of taco shells, half a bottle of mouthwash, almost all of his clothes, his records, his sideburns (in a plastic bag), his family's Christmas presents (not yet given), furniture: John didn't let sentiment or utility stand in his way. Soon his belongings were sold all over the world, with a bag of Porky's BBQ Pork Skins making its way to Japan, and a chair ending up in the Museum of Modern Art. With almost all the objects in his life now gone, he started th second phase of his journey: to visit his onetime possessions in their new homes. All My Life for Sale is an extraordinary book that functions as an autobiography, a travel narrative, and a meditation on what the objects we own actually mean to us and what happens when we set them free. Designed by the author himself, it is visually striking, surprisingly moving, and will change the way you look at the things that surround you.
John Freyer was born in Syracuse, New York, and is the fifth of seven children. After graduating from Hamilton College with a degree in political science, Freyer co-founded Wind-up Films, an action-sports film production company. He has been a snowboard instructor, a cinematographer, and a graphic designer. He is currently a Bodine Fellow in the School of Art and Art History at the Univesity of Iowa and lives in Iowa City.