20th Century The Evolution of Bargain Hunting



20th Century

The Evolution of 

Bargain Hunting
It's not just the holidays: Crowds of shoppers bagging the ever-elusive steal

by Chris Wild
c. 1906
Bargain hunters waiting to enter a London shop during January sales.
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Jan. 1, 1907
Lines crowd for the Ponting's department store sale in London.
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c. 1910
People shopping for bargains crowd the street.
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Dec. 30, 1929
A winter sale begins In England.
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Dec. 30, 1935
A crowd of bargain hunters shopping for hats during the January sales at Whiteley's department store in Bayswater, London.
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Dec. 30, 1935
A crowd of bargain hunters shopping for hats in the January sales at Whiteley's department store, Bayswater, London.
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Sept. 1, 1938
A mauling mass of female shoppers ravage the dress counters of Filene's Basement in New York during a semi-annual Dollar Day sale which racked sales of up to $45,000.
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June 6, 1941
Crowds at a salvage sale in an east London department store use coupons to buy goods.
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c. 1945
A group of men and women stand on a city sidewalk, looking in the window of an appliance store during a sale.
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January 1950
Bargain hunters in a London store shop during the January sales.
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Jan. 1, 1953
Bargain hunters shop at Ohrbach's store in New York.
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Feb. 1, 1954
Frenzied shoppers crowd around a busy cashier during the bargain rush sale at Hearn's department store in New York.
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Jan. 3, 1955
The sale at the C&A store in Marble Arch, London.
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Aug. 22, 1955
Queen Elizabeth II (right) selling an item during a sale at Abergeldie Castle in Scotland to raise funds for the rebuilding of the vestry at Crathie church.
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December 1955
A frenzied crowd of women grab at dresses during a Christmastime bargain sale.
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c. 1965
Bargain hunters attack a display of china at Selfridges department store in London.
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January 1970
Shoppers crowded behind the glass doors of C&A's on Oxford Street, London, waiting for the start of the January Sale.
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Dec. 26, 1971
Bargain hunters out in force on a Sunday as several downtown Toronto stores begin their traditional Boxing Day sales a day early. A police official said it is illegal for stores to be open on a Sunday, but nothing would be done.
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Dec. 27, 1973
Shoppers line up for a sale at C&A's department store in London.
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July 12, 1980
A crowd pushes and shoves to reach the bargains in the china department at a Harrod's sale in London.
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Dec. 27, 1986
A crowd dives for a bargain table at Honest Ed's, snapping up items as employees empty them out of boxes. Some customers were buying presents for next year.
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