Every year the Texas Size Garage Sale takes place in Midland, Texas, and it has always been a great place to find good, used, useful stuff.
There are always racks and racks of old clothes for sale. And there was talk of a team who came in and purchased pallets of old clothes and hauled them off in trucks. The speculation was that the clothes were headed for Mexico. But that's probably a thought crime by today's standards.
Here's the answer. Somewhere between the garage sale and their next retail selling point they undergo a name change from "used" to "vintage," and buyers snap them up at high prices. See Urban Outfitters Buys Yard Sale Clothes In Bulk And Resells Them To Hipsters As 'Vintage'.
Hmm. Remember the Occupy movement? I picture those hipsters as a good market for this sort of Occupy chic.
There. From thought crime to thought fun in just a few short paragraphs. Redemption!