I’ll admit I’m officially obsessed with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis; local Seattle boys made good. Their hit song ‘Thrift Shop” practically sent me over the edge! Even though I’m old enough to be their mother, I feel a strong solidarity with their frugal ways and thrift shopping adventures. Seeing Ben Haggerty (Macklemore) making an entrance in his vintage tiger fur coat is thrilling. And I recognized the many Seattle thrifts that they filmed at; Goodwill, Value Village, and Goodwill Outlet, because I have shopped there hundreds of times myself. I love the joie de vivre that they exude, because it is exactly the same feeling I get while thrifting.
I have shopped in thrift stores since I was in high school in the ’70s, so it is nothing new to me. Still today, I buy most everything at thrift stores, not having shopped in a mall for years. Thrift shopping is more of an art form because you need to develop a good eye, search through everything, and just keep going back…and back…and back. Most thrifts do a good job about adding new stuff daily, and you never know what is going to be put out and when. So that adds a spirit of adventure and freshness to thrifting.
Since “Thrift Shop” has made it to number one on the charts, I’ve noticed a marked increase of the twenty-something hipster crowd shopping at the thrifts. Now it is actually cool to do so; before it was more of an alternative thing to do. I smile to myself when I hear them exclaiming on scoring some rad ‘Granddad Clothes’. I know the feeling 😉 . Now, if only I could go thrift shopping with Ben Haggerty. We’d have a grand old time. Except, of course, if it ever came down to us fighting over a vintage leopard print coat!
Happy Thrifting! ~Marilyn