Shopping is one of the oldest concepts in the world beginning with early civilization when people traded for what they needed. Little is known about the subject with the exception of those things that have been pieced together over the years from a variety of sources.
With the growth of industrialization, shopping changed tremendously during the Victorian period. As the century progressed, goods which had been previously made or grown at home, such as food and clothing, were now able to be purchased through commercial shops. In addition to the traditional wares, new stores and businesses began to develop that offered unique goods and services. Shopping became a more regular part of some women's lives while at the same time became more impersonal as the process of getting goods from the producer to the consumer became more complex. The shopping experience changed dramatically during the period 1837 to 1901.
This segment will take a deeper look into the factors that shaped Victorian consumerism.
Kelly Graham, Gone to The Shops (Connecticut, 2008), p. 2, 3.
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