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Secondhand by Adam Minter
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A fascinating look at the relatively unknown world market for secondhand goods such as furniture, clothes, household items, and more. Especially interesting were the chapters that focused on the inner workings of the Tucson (AZ) area Goodwill stores, including a chapter on residents of Mexico who come across the border to purchase items for their thrift stores. Did you know used mattresses are the #1 goods transported south of the border? People who live in Southern Arizona are familiar with the trucks heading south on the freeway piled high with mattresses.

It gets a little too detailed in places and I tended to skip around a bit but it was still a worthwhile read and recommended for book groups.

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Reading Progress

June 28, 2019 – Shelved
June 28, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
June 28, 2019 – Shelved as: kindle-drc
June 28, 2019 – Shelved as: narrative-nonfiction
June 28, 2019 – Shelved as: simplifying-life-porn
January 3, 2020 – Shelved as: industry-insiders
Started Reading
January 25, 2020 – Finished Reading
February 25, 2020 – Shelved as: book-group-worthy
January 9, 2023 – Shelved as: best-of-2020

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Judy Thanks for this recommendation, Robin. I cant believe how much my eyes have been opened as a result.


Robin Glad you like it.


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