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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:01 AM

What's the cultural significance of 'Thrift Shop'?

Sure it's mostly a joke, but it's also a celebration of not having money to burn, and not caring. In America, that feels like a seismic shift.

Oh yeah, it's #2 on iTunes. (Soon to be #1, imo.) Video not really safe for work, btw.

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Reply What's the cultural significance of 'Thrift Shop'? (Original post)
reformist2 Jan 2013 OP
WCGreen Jan 2013 #1
malthaussen Jan 2013 #2
Fumesucker Jan 2013 #3
skypilot Jan 2013 #14
malthaussen Jan 2013 #15
Earth_First Jan 2013 #4
reformist2 Jan 2013 #5
Fumesucker Jan 2013 #10
reformist2 Jan 2013 #13
Jetboy Jan 2013 #6
Tikki Jan 2013 #7
Viva_La_Revolution Jan 2013 #8
phleshdef Jan 2013 #9
liberal_at_heart Jan 2013 #11
Odin2005 Jan 2013 #12

Response to reformist2 (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:18 AM

1. Very cute....

One of my fav sporty jackets was had for a buck fity at the GW

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Response to reformist2 (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:54 AM

2. Hey, if enough cool dudes wear granddad's clothes...

... maybe we'll hear less whining and bitching about how tasteless the 70s were.

-- Mal

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Response to malthaussen (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:08 AM

3. That's a stretch

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 02:06 PM

14. I was almost diggin' this outfit until...

...I scrolled down and saw the Robo-Shoes.

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 07:17 AM

15. Love the shirt.

Funny thing, I never wore a leisure suit in my life. Even when they came out, I thought they looked dumb. Ah, but the wide lapels and ties of the 70's...

-- Mal

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Response to reformist2 (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:10 AM

4. I make the thrift store circuit once a month...

Generally I'm looking for curiosity pieces; however once in awhile I find a sweater that I just MUST have.

A month ago; I found a hickory-handled golf putter with a brass head for $2.98 that has a value in the $50-150 range.

Two weeks ago I found a bundle of 30-40 Japanese papercuts from the 1950's for $10; I've since found out that nearly half of them have a resale value $100+ on Ebay and are extremely sought after; who knew...

I enjoy it and the cash stays in the community; it's also cheap entertainment for my wife and I.

Our other favorite pastime is architectural salvage warehouses...oh boy!

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Response to Earth_First (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:35 AM

5. Get used to the crowds, thanks to this song!


I may be going myself to check it out! lol

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Response to Earth_First (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:40 AM

10. Thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales, all fertile ground for bargain hunters

All my Christmas presents were vintage items from my thrift store circuit.

Everything I gave was very much appreciated.

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #10)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:02 PM

13. Buying used - er, vintage - items as gifts can be fun. They don't make things like they used to!


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Response to reformist2 (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:42 AM

6. Other than working around 15 hours per week at an auction house, my only income is

flipping stuff from auctions and thrift stores. I will never be rich but it is a good life and I have cool stuff.

I think this song is a great change from the usual helicoptors and yachts in the videos.

I have survived 10 thousand tv shows about pickers and auction patrons so I can survive more competition at the thrift stores.

If you want good stuff and don't have a lot of money second hand is the way to go. You will find higher quality items that will last longer going second hand than you will at supposed value leader Wal Mart. Plus they're cheaper!

Happy thrifting DUers!

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Response to reformist2 (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:46 AM

7. Recycle, repurpose, reuse....

and explore the Thrift store.



Tikki

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Response to reformist2 (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:28 AM

8. Link to the Lyrics

awesome (also typical rapper nasty language)

http://rapgenius.com/Macklemore-and-ryan-lewis-thrift-shop-lyrics

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Response to reformist2 (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:34 AM

9. Ah, that was big in the 90s too. I bought thrift store clothes to be cool as a teenager.

Was all part of the grunge thing back then.

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Response to reformist2 (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:47 AM

11. my whole family loves this video

as far as a seismic shift I don't know. There are always those with and those without money. I do know that people in general want to feel proud of who they are. Rich people are proud they are rich and they love to show their status through the brands they wear. People who don't have a lot of money are also proud people. They don't think there is anything wrong with them just because they don't have money so they are not ashamed of shopping at Kmart or going to the thrift store.

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Response to reformist2 (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:46 PM

12. I'm the afternoon supervisor at a thrift store.

We have some classic 60s and 70s sci-fi paperback novels selling for 50 cents that are not even in print, anymore.

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