From journalist Adam Minter, author of Junkyard Planet, comes Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale, an unexpected adventure into the often-hidden, multibillion-dollar industry of reuse: from thrift stores in the American Southwest to vintage shops in Tokyo, flea markets in Southeast Asia to used-goods enterprises in Ghana, and more. Along the way, Minter meets the fascinating people who handle—and profit from—our rising tide of discarded stuff, and asks a pressing question: In a world that craves shiny and new, is there room for it all?
Secondhand offers hopeful answers and hard truths. A history of the stuff we’ve used and a contemplation of why we keep buying more, it also reveals the marketing practices, design failures, and racial prejudices that push used items into landfills instead of new homes. Secondhand shows us that it doesn't have to be this way, and what really needs to change to build a sustainable future free of excess stuff.
ADAM MINTER is the author of Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade and a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion. He lives in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
JEN HOWARD is the author of Clutter: An Untidy History. A former contributing editor for The Washington Post and a former senior reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education, she has written for TLS, VQR, Slate, and many other publications. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her family.
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