Jul 31, 2012, 9:25 AM
Post #17 of 26
Back in the early 90s, I was marginally involved in the Baja California/Southern California world of segundas, which was then used (and continues to be used) ONLY to describe second-hand goods stores. It is a huge international business in that part of the world. I was quite good friends with a man known only as El Vaquero, who ran and for all I know still runs segundas all up and down the Baja, from Tijuana to La Paz.
Every week, El Vaquero sent a two or three huge trucks from La Paz to San Diego, where he and his employees bought second-hand merchandise from a variety of local sources. The men usually spent a couple of days accumulating what they needed to fill the fleet of trucks and then drove back down to La Paz, stopping at El Vaquero's string of segundas to drop off the merchandise needed in that specific location. The merchandise ranged from bed linens to power tools and everything in between.
ETA: what a hoot, here's a Youtube video about his stores: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkzWqI4dqa0. Looks like he's still at it!
Some of you may not know that in various places along the border of the USA with Mexico--on the USA side--there are huge warehouses where used or new clothing is sold wholesale, in bales. The used clothing is sometimes from a Goodwill or Salvation Army (or other) store, where it has remained in stock but has never sold. The new clothing is usually unsold store stock from retail stores such as Marshall's, TJMaxx, and other low-price outlets. It's possible to choose the kind of clothing the buyer wants as his or her sales specialty: boys, girls, women, men, plus sizes, high-end fashions, etc, or it's possible to buy bales of mixed clothing. Most of the used clothing sold in Mexico comes from those warehouses. If you are driving through McAllen, Laredo, or some of the other large border towns, watch along the highway for the enormous warehouses.
(This post was edited by esperanza on Jul 31, 2012, 12:06 PM)