Anyone who has a computer and/or has not been living under a rock is probably aware in one way or another of the song of the moment: “Thrift Shop,” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
The song and accompanying music video support and glorify the idea of shopping for … pretty much everything within Goodwill and thrift shops. Despite its comedic approach to the topic, I honestly think a lot can be taken away from the song.
While the economy shows signs of improvement, we teenagers can still recognize when things are a little tight an we can’t afford to order out for pizza as often as we would like. Macklemore shows us a solid argument as to why you really can’t go wrong when it comes to browsing through thrift shops.
He raps (and excuse the awkward paraphrasing, this isn’t all newspaper-friendly), “Fifty dollars for a T-shirt — that’s just some ignorant ****/I call that getting swindled and pimped/I call that getting tricked by a business.”
Macklemore has a valid point. Why spend so much on clothing that very often does not last that long, when you would do just as well to spend less on items that might do you better?
He then offers us another argument, justifying the rationality of going to thrift stores a little more often, “And having the same one as six other people in this club is a don’t/Peep game, come take a look through my telescope/Trying to get girls from a brand? Man you won’t.”
One of the best parts of shopping at thrift and consignment stores is that you won’t be buying the same exact item that a million other people are also purchasing. Sure, it may not be that skirt you were looking at in Forever 21 or a pricey cardigan from Urban Outfitters, but if you like it and it’s inexpensive, where can you go wrong?