Books: A Different Kind Of Selling Out

When John Freyer decided to unload a few of his things and go live in New York, he couldn't imagine it would come to this. Two years later he still hasn't moved to the Big Apple, but he has managed to move everything he owned. Freyer put it all up for sale online, every single possession, and then used the $6,000 he made to visit his old stuff all over the country. "I've become amazed by the history and genealogy of objects," says Freyer, who's engaged to the women who bought his kitchen table.

His new book, "All My Life for Sale" (Bloomsbury), chronicles one man's junk-peddling odyssey in which everything had a price--old phone books, used mouthwash, even sideburn clippings in a plastic bag and a set of false teeth that a museum paid $27 for. The tape from Freyer's answering machine went for $15.50, a handwritten list of phone numbers fetched $14.50 and a brick that was bought for $3 was mailed to London for $35. (A handful of items found the dump.)

A couple of weeks ago, the unlikely salesman made what he said was his final deal: Freyer sold the film rights to his idea of selling everything. With a briskly selling book and a movie deal, Freyer seems to have cashed in on his plan to sell out. But what use is money to a guy who can't seem to keep anything he buys?