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By Nicky Gregson

"Antique', 'vintage', 'previously owned', 'gently used', 'cast-off' ñ the realm of moment hand encompasses as many attitudes as there are names for it. the preferred notion is that moment- hand outlets are mostly packed with junk, but the increase of classic type and the expanding wish for shopper individuality convey that moment hand procuring is additionally a great deal approximately variety. Drawing on six years of unique learn, Second-Hand Cultures explores what occurs while the customarily contradictory motivations at the back of sort and survival concepts are introduced jointly. What does moment hand trading let us know concerning the country of latest intake? How do goods that commence lifestyles as new get recycled and reclaimed? How do moment hand items problem the way forward for retail intake and what do the original buying environments within which they're came across let us know in regards to the social family of exchange?Answering those questions and lots of extra, this ebook fills an immense hole in intake reports. Gregson and Crewe argue that moment hand cultures are severe to any knowing of the way intake is admittedly practised. Following the existence tales of products as they go back and forth into and during moment hand websites, the authors examine the paintings of investors in addition to shoppers' investments in moment hand item ñ together with gifting and gathering in addition to rituals of personalization and ownership. via its revealing research into the practices and customs that make up those unconventional retail worlds, this much-needed research conscientiously unpacks the persuasive attract of the 'previously owned'

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We use vinyl, but this is exterior vinyl on the window and it doesn’t get peeled off, it doesn’t get damaged. So I tend to look at things like that. But you need to look at the basic shops too – Mark One, New Look . . As well as looking to monitor their competitors within the charity retail sector, then, charity retailers are continually evaluating and attempting, where possible, to emulate practices in the first-cycle. In so doing, so we maintain, charity retailers seek simultaneously to constitute their shops as examples of ‘proper shops’ and to erase the spatial distinctions between first-and second-cycle retailing that both retro retailing and, in a very different way, car-boot sales for example rest on.

We’re not concerned about competition because the competition can actually bring you extra footfall . . What we find intriguing here is how, notwithstanding their acknowledgement that charity retailing is a unique business’ where successful location remains something of a mystery, it is the standard practices of retail-site evaluation and comparison that remain the basis for their locational practice/s. For us, this is indicative of the extent of charity retailers’ commitment to ‘proper’ practice, and this is further confirmed by their positioning of particular first-cycle retailers at the cutting edge of retail practice: 44 Second-Hand Cultures .

But, unlike Aladdin’s Cave Fairs, Funtime chose to take the local authority on, in several ways. So, rather than accept exclusion, the promoter chose to contest this – albeit unsuccessfully – by transgressing the 14-day rule, going to appeal and attempting to establish a site as a permanent boot sale; by suggesting partnership agreements and by offering the local authority a substantial sum by way of an annual car-boot licence fee. Both these instances point to one of the key rationales behind the exclusion of car-boot sale operations from certain areas: the protection of monopolistic market environments by key metropolitan authorities, and the importance of the possession of market franchise rights in this.

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