Thrift Store: the Past & Future Secret Lives of Things

I started taking 35mm photographs of things inside thrift stores while I was in high school in the 1990s. After a move in the early 00s I discovered my stash of old prints and decided to write some essays about thrift stores and make a book of this work. It is touching to me, now, to recall how I made this book: the text was black & white photocopied, the photos were laid out on graph paper and color photocopied.I letterpress printed the cover on office paper and wrapped it around museum board sold as bulk scrap from an art supply store. I drilled the screwpost holes in my kitchen in Brooklyn.

A year or 2 after it was made this book was scooped up for republication by a small Brooklyn publisher. The trade edition (still available) is expanded with more photos. I didn't design it though as I had no knowledge of digital print production. This, in part, is what motivated me to go to graduate school for graphic design in 2005.

2003 | 5.5 x 3.5 inches | 40 pages | edition 50 | out of print
2006 | 6.5 x 4.5 inches | 96 pages | ask for it at a bookstore or buy online
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