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An American’s Old T-Shirt Is This Malaysian’s Treasure

I meet a Malaysian who’s selling old, thrown out t-shirts for a $1,000.

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I was tipped off on a good story by DHL a few months ago, and I couldn’t resist. They told me that they had a client in a backwater stretch of Malaysia who was making good money selling old, donated or otherwise discarded t-shirts from Western countries back to people in the same Western countries as “vintage.” It made me wish I still had all of my old Snoop Doggy Dogg t-shirts.

Not really, I never had any Snoop Doggy Dogg t-shirts, but after doing this project I’m kicking myself in the ass that I didn’t.

The output of this project consisted of an article on DHL’s content hub (you can read it here) and also the below video that was published on my YouTube channel.

Filed under: Clothing, Malaysia, Travel Diary, Vlog

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I am the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. I’ve been traveling the world since 1999, through 91 countries. I am the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China and have written for The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3704 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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