The first thing I did was invade everyones' homes and check out all of the shelves.
I found everything you pointed out. There is just not enough "essence" to do anything with.
Unless I misunderstood something, I did put the new outfit on. There is nothing else in my inventory besides the random pages I took from all the shelves.
Also, I do apologize if any of this reads as offensive or aggressive. That is not my intent. I realize my limited vocabulary can be...offputting at times.