Within the past couple years, thrift stores and vintage clothing are becoming a more popular option for the general public. When the smash hit Thrift Shop was released by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in 2012, I knew thrift stores were returning to the mainstream. The song’s lyrics resonate the benefits and truths behind secondhand shopping. After some digging, I discovered Macklemore and I share a mutual interest in saving money and a mutual disdain for designer labels.
“I’m gonna pop some tags, only got twenty dollars in my pocket.”
This song is an accurate portrayal of how much money you can save on the same clothing you’d normally splurge on somewhere else. Thrift stores have unique items that allow the buyer to build their own style from scratch. You no longer have to worry if you’ll bump into someone wearing the same shirt as you.
“I wear your granddad’s clothes, I look incredible. I’m in that big ass coat from that thrift shop down the road.”
“They be like, Oh, that Gucci. That’s hella tight. I’m like, Yo that’s fifty dollars for a T-shirt. Limited edition, let’s do some simple addition. Fifty dollars for a T-shirt, that’s just some ignorant b***s***. I call that getting swindled and pimped. I call that getting tricked by a business. That shirt’s hella dope and having the same one as six other people in this club is a hella don’t.”
So take Macklemore’s advice and pop some thrift store tags – even if it’s only $20 that’s burning a hole in your pocket.