How Malaysia Got in on the Secondhand Clothing Boom

Most people who donate old clothes assume their garments’ final destination is the racks of Goodwill and Salvation Army, where they might find a second life. However, according to Adam Minter, the author of “Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale,” thrift stores are often just the first stop on a circuitous international journey.

“Only about one-third of the stuff that is put on the shelves of an American thrift store actually sells,” said Mr. Minter, who has a home in Malaysia but currently lives in Minnesota. The thrift stores sell