[Ads-l] "snupper" - derivation and definition?

Nancy Friedman wordworking at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 9 14:12:19 EST 2022


I came across "junk snupper" in Lizzie Feidelson's New Yorker article about
estate sales, published online January 7, 2022:
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/on-and-off-the-avenue/the-wild-wonderful-world-of-estate-sales

I haven't been able to find a relevant definition or derivation for
"snupper" in any of the dictionaries at my disposal. (Urban Dictionary has
a fanciful entry for snupper = "snack" + "supper.") I did find a 1927 book,
"The Junk Snupper: The Adventures of an Antique Collector," but the online
excerpt wasn't very helpful. I've queried the author via tweet but haven't
had a response.

"Snatcher-upper," maybe?

>From the New Yorker article:

In her book “Out of the Attic: Inventing Antiques in Twentieth-Century New
> England
> <https://www.amazon.com/Out-Attic-Twentieth-Century-Historical-Perspective/dp/1558497102?ots=1&slotNum=0&imprToken=f6bf2005-8525-1d6a-bf2&tag=thneyo0f-20&linkCode=w50>,”
> the social historian Briann Greenfield describes how, at the beginning of
> the twentieth century, when the value of antiques began to rise, a
> middle-class cadre of enterprising “junk snuppers” began departing in cars
> from urban centers to the countryside, where they knocked on farmhouse
> doors and kindly offered to relieve inhabitants of any mint-condition
> Americana. She cites a 1907 antiquing guide called “The Quest of the
> Colonial,” which advises junk snuppers to identify possible marks by
> looking for “the sight of chairs on a porch.”
>

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