Dealing in Secondhand Goods: Creating Meaning and Value

This paper attempts to unpack the ways in which dealers create and maintain meaning and value in relation to the secondhand goods they buy and sell. Discussion is based on interviews with 19 secondhand dealers operating in Glasgow, Scotland UK. Three themes emerged from the interviews as important in understanding the process of value creation: the social relations of the sale, the dealer’s knowledge of markets, and the rituals of divestment and re-enchantment dealers enacted in relation to the goods themselves. In exploring these themes the importance of both ‘practice’ and ‘sensuousness’ in understanding the process of value creation are highlighted.


Elizabeth Parsons (2005) ,"Dealing in Secondhand Goods: Creating Meaning and Value", in E - European Advances in Consumer Research Volume 7, eds. Karin M. Ekstrom and Helene Brembeck, Goteborg, Sweden : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 189-194.


Elizabeth Parsons, University of Stirling


E - European Advances in Consumer Research Volume 7 | 2005

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