Second Hand Consumption In The Renaissance

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In this chapter, Frick explored the relevance of cultural, and economic role in second¬-hand consumption, specifically during Renaissance period in Florence, Italy. She argued that the practice of second-hand consumption was primarily meant for lower class society. ¬¬ “As newly finished cloth in general was an expensive commodity produced for the rich, … the shops and inventories of the dealers in second hand clothing is filled an essential function for the rest of the urban populace, that of providing them with garments and personal/ household linens at a cost they could afford” (Frick 13). Although later in the chapter, she claims that people who came from different social classes also consumed second-hand clothes. Based on Elizabeth Sanderson’s theory about the alternative currency model, Frick evaluates the practice of ‘Rigattieri’ or second-hand retailers, whose role was significant in the garment industry during the renaissance period. Frick proposes two groups of Rigattieri. Those were the official members of Arte di Baldrigari (Guild of second-hand dealers) and independent female vendors who were excluded from guild participation. Furthermore, the author mentions the difference in their practices. In short, official group member dominated the ready-to-wear textile market, which they auctioned and sold in commercial venues. On the other hand, independent female vendors sold their expertise in sewing traditional home linens such as, underwear, caps, pillowslips,

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