THE GREATEST COLLECTOR’S SECRET
These facilities sort tons of used, donated clothing before selling in bulk to recyclers and resellers. But vintage buyers often come to buy select shirts or by the pound—even though most rag houses and buyers won’t admit it. “People protect them as part of their creative assets,” says Jessica Humphrey, founder of Victory Press, who has shopped at many. To get in: Find someone who’s been, ask for an intro, and offer to pay the rag house for entry.