The Story Store is a pop-up trading post that re-imagines the purchasing processes involved in our everyday experiences. 

Here’s how it works:

Participants contribute a small, meaningful object to The Story Store. Rather than selling it, they tell the story behind the object. They then have the chance to choose a story and object that resonates with them in exchange.

Take a story. Leave a story.

Participants listening to recorded tales at the 2014 True/False Film Fest in Columbia, Missouri.

Participants listening to recorded tales at the 2014 True/False Film Fest in Columbia, Missouri.

The idea for the Story Store originated when we traveled cross-country while producing Folk to Folk, a documentary project highlighting new and emerging traditions of folk music throughout the United States today. The project was awarded a grant for the arts program during the 2014 True/False Film Fest in Columbia, Missouri. 

Emma Dessau is a Web Producer at POV | American Documentary in Brooklyn, New York, where she manages video content and helps create new storytelling initiatives. Previously, Emma was a content writer for Community Plan-It, a project of Emerson College’s Engagement Game Lab, a freelance writer and video producer, and a coffee shop curmudgeon.

Andrew McFarland is a Producer at Slideluck, a non-profit dedicated to building and strengthening communities worldwide through food and art.  He is also an arts facilitator and current resident at The Silent Barn, a DIY space located in Brooklyn, New York. Andrew uses photos, video, words, and online media to document, promote, and engage individuals in communities of action. His photos and articles have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, and Grantland. Andrew has long legs and hails from a proud line of Bostonians and ladies named Gladys.