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I think the final factor is the fact that he's had 35 years to acquire things (dishes, furniture, etc.) that cost a small fortune to initially purchase.

I think it may be true that earlier generations were less likely to believe and/or feel pressured to have "instant" households.

I've been married 2+ years and we still don't have matching cutlery, but it's not a priority for us (though I will probably buy a decent-looking set eventually). I bet lots of people would run out and buy it immediately because one "simply has to have" acceptable-looking stuff.

HB
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