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Urge to Splurge: A Social History of Shopping
People used to haggle in bazaars. Now we buy colle

Our Price: $18.00
By Laura Byrne Paquet (au)
Year: 2003
Pages: 277
Binding Paperback
ISBN 1-55022-583-9

Product Code: 1422360628

People used to haggle in bazaars. Now we buy collectibles on the world wide web. Shopping has changed as human civilizations have changed -- but is the urge to splurge the same? Here is a look at the history & psychology of one of our oldest pursuits. From the Silk Road spice trade to modern-day grocery stores & malls, Paquet gives us a tour of all types of shopping. Meet the individuals who shaped retail as we know it today -- Charles C. Boycott, Jackie Kennedy, & the Duchess of Devonshire among them. Learn about the strategies that drive shopping space design, the hidden messages behind wedding gifts, & why women shop better in pairs. If you thought that “retail therapy” & “fashion victim” were recent concepts, you’ll soon learn otherwise.

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