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Stitching time: Vintage consumption connects the past, present, and future

Sarial-Abi, Gülen et al.

Journal of consumer psychology. Volume 27:Issue 2 (2017); pp 182-194 -- Elsevier

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  • Title:
    Stitching time: Vintage consumption connects the past, present, and future
  • Author: Sarial-Abi, Gülen;
    Vohs, Kathleen D.;
    Hamilton, Ryan;
    Ulqinaku, Aulona
  • Found In: Journal of consumer psychology. Volume 27:Issue 2 (2017); pp 182-194
  • Journal Title: Journal of consumer psychology
  • Subjects: Consumer behavior--Periodicals; Consumption (Economics)--Psychological aspects--Periodicals; Vintage consumption--Meaning threats--Death awareness--Intertemporal connections; Dewey: 658.8342
  • Rights: Licensed
  • Publication Details: Elsevier
  • Abstract: Abstract We investigated a novel avenue for buffering against threats to meaning frameworks: vintage consumption. Although the appeal of vintage goods, defined as previously owned items from an earlier era, is strong and growing, this paper is among the first to examine the possible psychological ramifications of vintage consumption. Six studies found that vintage items mitigated the typical reactions to meaning threats. Four of these studies also showed that vintage consumption facilitates mental connections among the past, present, and future. As a result, people whose meaning structures had been threatened, for example, by being reminded of their own eventual death, preferred vintage products more than others who had not experienced a meaning threat, and more than similar non-vintage products. These findings suggest that meaning disruptions stimulate a desire for intertemporal connections, a desire that vintage products—as existing and continuing symbols of bygone eras—seem to satisfy.
  • Identifier: System Number: ETOCvdc_100043130180.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 1057-7408; doi/10.1016/j.jcps.2016.06.004
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): 4965.214000
  • UIN: ETOCvdc_100043130180.0x000001

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