The best - and by far the funniest - analysis of our society's complex relationship with materialism is George Carlin's comedy classic, "Stuff," which you can still find on YouTube. I guarantee it will make you laugh. Turn from there to your T.V. listings and what you'll see is a glimpse of our collective psyche: we've still got some pretty serious issues about stuff.
The current television schedule announces our ambivalence about buying, owning, collecting, evaluating and discriminating objects. We just can't seem to get enough stuff; we can't let go of our stuff, and we can't seem to get enough of watching shows about the topic of stuff, either!
Do you want to know what stuff is worth the most money? Watch Antiques Roadshow, coming to your city soon. It comes with the exciting possibility that some of your own old stuff might be historically significant and valuable; antiques, not just ordinary old stuff. For more buying and selling of pre-owned objects, tune in to "Oddities" on the Discovery Channel, a show about a small Manhattan collectibles business. See the owners shop at flea markets and estate sales, garage sales and auctions, the places where people try to unload their excess stuff. The proprietors and clients of Obscura Antiques & Oddities seek out unusual, even bizarre objects. Medical oddities are their specialty, but they are really just in the stuff business, so at least they have the law of supply and demand to help them discern a seller's trash from his/her treasures. Regardless of any other value, if someone else wants it, then it's good stuff.