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Secondhand : travels in the new global garage sale / Adam Minter.

Minter, Adam, 1970- (author.).

Available copies

  • 0 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

8 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
McIntosh Public Library 381.19 MIN (Text) 33500013159918 New Checked out 06/02/2020
McIntosh Public Library 381.19 MIN (Text) 33500013183322 New Checked out 07/20/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781635570106
  • ISBN: 1635570107
  • Physical Description: xix, 299 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [283]-291) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Empty the nest -- Decluttering -- The flood -- The good stuff -- Danshari -- Our warehouse is a four-bedroom house -- Frayed below the stitch -- Good as new -- Enough to sell -- And it lasts forever -- A rich person's broken thing -- More suitcases.
Summary, etc.:
"In Secondhand, journalist Adam Minter takes us on an unexpected adventure into the often-hidden, multibillion-dollar industry of reuse: 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?"-- Publisher marketing.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 October #2
    On the surface, an entire book detailing the world's obsession with "stuff" (including a pointed analysis of "reduce, reuse, recycle") seems dry. In Minter's capable hands (Junkyard Planet, 2013), the topic comes alive. People have needs and wants, and the global economy depends on consumerism. Once purchased, things eventually break, tastes eventually change, and people eventually die. So what can we do with all that stuff? Minter takes the reader on an international journey of reuse. In Tucson and Nogales, Mexico, Minter reviews Goodwill Industries and the thriving secondhand resale culture. In Minneapolis and Tokyo, he provides examples of companies that resell items removed from a deceased person's home. In Toronto and Cotonou, Benin, there's a thoughtful analysis of the used clothing trade. With dozens more stops on this world tour, Minter designs a workable path forward to combat the glut of stuff, including a plea for solid construction that can be used for years and legislation that promotes repair rather than disposal. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

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.

Subject: Secondhand trade.
Consumer behavior.
Minter, Adam, 1970- > Travel.
Sales personnel > Biography > Anecdotes.
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Waste Management.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / General.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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