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Racked became a place where professional and non-professional writers alike could write personal pieces about the things they bought and how they presented themselves. We know oftentimes a pair of jeans is not simply a pair of jeans, nor a tube of lipstick just a tube of lipstick; you do too. Here, some of our favorite essays and op-eds.