What does labor really cost and what is its intrinsic worth? How does an object’s value change in different contexts? What is the value of an object in a society that is inundated with excess objects? Rachel Hibbard, Sean Regan and Cara Tomlinson worked collaboratively to investigate issues of consumerism, redistribution, and the formation of communities around excess resources. Our starting point was the Goodwill Bins in SE Portland, a sorting station for the transfer of material goods. We created three sculptural-video installations examining the physical character of the Bins through documentary interviews and performance. In the most recent: "Value Added", the act of exchange becomes focus. With a former bank building as the axis for the transaction, we explored how value is made, applied and negotiated in our society and the art world. Both the audience and the artists become performers; consumers of culture, investors and instigators. Viewers deposited objects, investing in the piece for the duration of the exhibit with the expectation of being enriched in some way by the labors of the artists. During the withdrawal process the participant assessed whether there was value added. Through careful documentation of each object during the process, a display of this temporary bank of objects allowed the viewer to examine the varieties of ways that value is created and maintained.