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Tips for Thrifting + Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop”

December 13, 2012

Unless you’ve been living under a silent rock, you’ve definitely heard the song that’s blowing up the Youtube music scene, “Thrift Shop.” The hit by Seattle-native Macklemore is a reflection on the consumerist culture today, or maybe just an affectionate ode to Goodwill. Either way, it’s the perfect soundtrack to your thrift shopping adventure. Not sure where to begin? Here are a few tips to help you “pop tags” like Macklemore.

Get crafty – A vintage piece may look a little too much like something your Grandma owns but you can make it modern at home.  Try switching out the buttons on a blouse or drastically cutting a sweater into a vest. Vintage pieces might need a little TLC but can be remodeled to suit your style.

Be a gender bender – Be sure to check out the men’s and boys sections.  You might find a unisex jacket cheap or an oversized man’s collared shirt that you can turn into a cute shirtdress.

Keep an open mind – Sometimes a top looks boring on the hanger but is completely transformed on the body.  If you are initially drawn to it, try it on!

Don’t get confused between vintage and retro pieces – Retro styles are clothes that are brand new but with an older design. Vintage styles are clothes that were previously owned (aka what you’ll find at a thrift shop.) You can incorporate retro fashion with modern pieces to make it more appealing without looking costume-y.

Remember, thrift shopping is just as much about the adventure as the result.  Thrift shopping rewards those who are patient and shift through everything, and often. You might not find anything the first time but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go back!

-Annie

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