Rubbish or Riches? Buying from Church Jumble Sales in late-Victorian England

Richmond, Vivienne. 2010. Rubbish or Riches? Buying from Church Jumble Sales in late-Victorian England. Journal of Historical Research in Marketing, 2(3), pp. 327-341. ISSN 1755-750X [Article]

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The purpose of this paper is to determine the merchandise offered and bought at late-nineteenth-century English jumble sales, to understand the place of jumble sales and used goods in the domestic budgets of the poors, and to investigate the reasons for purchasing from jumble sales rather than other second-hand goods outlets.

The paper analyses Anglican Parish Magazines and social surveys, in late-Victorian England, focusing on two commodities: clothing and carpets.

Jumble sales were organised by the middle and upper classes for the poor, into whose multiple provisioning strategies they were rapidly integrated, although admission fees excluded the poorest. The sales supplied both necessary and non-essential items and were eagerly attended, but there is no evidence that they were preferred to other second-hand outlets or that the goods on offer were cheaper or better quality. Although a site of class interaction, jumble sales also served to maintain class separation.

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30 Sep 2010 12:17

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