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(Philly.com)   Thrift shops become increasingly popular thanks to Thrift Shop by Macklemore. "It's all about irony, about looking good despite dressing bad"   (philly.com) divider line 80
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2013-02-26 09:39:13 AM
This novelty will pass as people meet the normal denizens of thrift stores.

/I step on at least one Mexican child a month in thrifts.
 
2013-02-26 09:50:54 AM
Is it me or is popmusic is getting ridiculous starting to know they are ridiculous?
 
2013-02-26 10:10:47 AM
My wife is like a gold miner at Goodwill. She can find great clothes with the original store tags still on them. Three bucks for a Ralph Lauren shirt with a store tag listing it for sixty? Hells yeah. Five bucks for a full-length lady's leather coat?
 
2013-02-26 11:15:38 AM
There's a certain satisfaction in making a thrift score. But to go to a thrift store because there is a popular song about them is nothing but really stupid herd instinct.
 
2013-02-26 11:16:24 AM
It's about time for the 90s to be making a comeback anyway. Time to dust off the thrift store flannels and coats I got back then.
 
2013-02-26 11:17:54 AM
Just be sure everything goes directly from your car to your dryer with the heat on high - for at least an hour.

Wouldn't want to bring home any bedbugs...
 
2013-02-26 11:19:11 AM

wildcardjack: This novelty will pass as people meet the normal denizens of thrift stores.

/I step on at least one Mexican child a month in thrifts.


Can't be any worse than a trip to Wal-mart.
 
2013-02-26 11:20:13 AM
Thanks a lot, Macklemore. I used to enjoy my trips to the Village Discount Outlet, knowing that I'd only have to compete with three old Mexican women and my third-grade art teacher for whatever treasures were hidden inside. Now there are hordes of teenagers all over the place and I can't even move up and down the aisles.

/Scored a $150 pair of Michael Kors jeans for $4 last month
//GO AWAY, CHILDREN
 
2013-02-26 11:20:35 AM

colonel0sanders: Just be sure everything goes directly from your car to your dryer with the heat on high - for at least an hour.

Wouldn't want to bring home any bedbugs...


Great, now my dryer smells like ammonia and medicated shampoo.
 
2013-02-26 11:21:58 AM

CavalierEternal: Thanks a lot, Macklemore. I used to enjoy my trips to the Village Discount Outlet, knowing that I'd only have to compete with three old Mexican women and my third-grade art teacher for whatever treasures were hidden inside. Now there are hordes of teenagers all over the place and I can't even move up and down the aisles.

/Scored a $150 pair of Michael Kors jeans for $4 last month
//GO AWAY, CHILDREN


Is this something new?  The thrift shops around me have been choked with affluent suburban kids for the past twenty years.
 
2013-02-26 11:21:59 AM
I thought it was a very fun song.
 
2013-02-26 11:27:19 AM

dr.zaeus: CavalierEternal: Thanks a lot, Macklemore. I used to enjoy my trips to the Village Discount Outlet, knowing that I'd only have to compete with three old Mexican women and my third-grade art teacher for whatever treasures were hidden inside. Now there are hordes of teenagers all over the place and I can't even move up and down the aisles.

/Scored a $150 pair of Michael Kors jeans for $4 last month
//GO AWAY, CHILDREN

Is this something new?  The thrift shops around me have been choked with affluent suburban kids for the past twenty years.


This particular thrift shop used to be so secluded and terrifying that the suburban white kids wouldn't dare tread there. Now the floodgates are open. Pretty soon, Weird Old Lady Who Smells Like She Bathes In Cat Pee won't even be able to find any Looney Toons sweatshirts.
 
2013-02-26 11:28:08 AM
Love that song. Been on my morning shower rotation for months now.
 
2013-02-26 11:29:30 AM
I just thought the song was a big joke and the artist the same.  I listened to some of his other stuff and actually have a little more respect for him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlVBg7_08n0
 
2013-02-26 11:31:04 AM
Thrift shops are even more awesome in Third World countries like here in Guatemala (where they are generally called pacas). The ratio of never-worn clothing to used clothing is much more consumer-friendly than American thrift shops, and usually can be snatched up at less than $10. As a bonus, we're starting to enter the "49ers Super Bowl Winner shirts" season now.
 
2013-02-26 11:44:33 AM
Wait a few months and it will be tacky to be caught wearing thrift store clothes. Unless you live around hipsters. Or me.
 
2013-02-26 11:48:16 AM

wildcardjack: This novelty will pass as people meet the normal denizens of thrift stores.

/I step on at least one Mexican child a month in thrifts.


Are you kidding? They are still riding high from The Great Recession.
 
2013-02-26 12:12:10 PM
Is this one of those song people like ironically? This guy is the nee vanilla ice right?
 
2013-02-26 12:13:23 PM

omahatattoo: I just thought the song was a big joke and the artist the same.  I listened to some of his other stuff and actually have a little more respect for him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlVBg7_08n0


I did the same.  I normally can't stand rap, but I've gone through about everything he has on youtube.  He's one of the few guys that actually tries to break out of the stereotype and admonish the crap that most rappers focus on.  I may actually *buy* some of his music...something I haven't done in years.
 
2013-02-26 12:15:35 PM
There haven't been treasures to be found in thrift stores in years. All the big chains like Goodwill and Savers / Value Village, along with your local mom and pop places, are all well aware of eBay and Amazon. Anything of even nominal value doesn't make it to the sale floor. The Internet has done irreparable damage to thrift stores and tag sales, now everyone thinks their junk is gold. Just try stepping foot in a Goodwill these days, their prices are comparable to Target.
 
2013-02-26 12:18:29 PM

spman: There haven't been treasures to be found in thrift stores in years. All the big chains like Goodwill and Savers / Value Village, along with your local mom and pop places, are all well aware of eBay and Amazon. Anything of even nominal value doesn't make it to the sale floor. The Internet has done irreparable damage to thrift stores and tag sales, now everyone thinks their junk is gold. Just try stepping foot in a Goodwill these days, their prices are comparable to Target.


I found a pair of Alden shoes and an Omega Seamaster DeVille at thrift stores in the past year. So it must depend on where you live.
 
2013-02-26 12:21:31 PM

omahatattoo: I just thought the song was a big joke and the artist the same.  I listened to some of his other stuff and actually have a little more respect for him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlVBg7_08n0


Thanks very much for posting that video.  Same thought process here.

LegLamp: I may actually *buy* some of his music


... also, this, just to show a minute amount of support for that song alone.  And I haven't bought music in *years*.

Wish that song could make as big a social splash and impact on thinking.

As for all you farkers bragging about clothing finds:  You sound  fat like you're within 1 SD of normally sized.  Bastards.
 
2013-02-26 12:22:50 PM

Carth: I found a pair of Alden shoes and an Omega Seamaster DeVille


The relevant question, though, is this:  How much did they want for the Omega?

It seems like the days are gone, thanks to eBay, of being able to find something for < 10% of its value.  Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing is a different question.
 
2013-02-26 12:23:14 PM
I used to find all sorts of treasures at the thrift stores but too many people have discovered the joy of foraging and my take has decreased considerably over the past year. The past few times I have went I have left empty handed. This sounds like it will just make it worse :(.
 
2013-02-26 12:25:21 PM

SFSailor: Carth: I found a pair of Alden shoes and an Omega Seamaster DeVille

The relevant question, though, is this:  How much did they want for the Omega?

It seems like the days are gone, thanks to eBay, of being able to find something for < 10% of its value.  Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing is a different question.


The shoes were $80 and i spent another $150 having them reconditioned. The watch was $155  and didn't run. I spent another $200 in servicing. Even after the extra costs they were both great deals compared to what they go for on ebay.
 
2013-02-26 12:25:47 PM

LegLamp: omahatattoo: I just thought the song was a big joke and the artist the same.  I listened to some of his other stuff and actually have a little more respect for him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlVBg7_08n0

I did the same.  I normally can't stand rap, but I've gone through about everything he has on youtube.  He's one of the few guys thousands of conscious rappers that actually tries to break out of the stereotype and admonish the crap that most rappers focus on.  I may actually *buy* some of his music...something I haven't done in years.

 
2013-02-26 12:25:48 PM

wildcardjack: This novelty will pass as people meet the normal denizens of thrift stores.

/I step on at least one Mexican child a month in thrifts.


I haven't noticed any change in clientèle in twenty years: it's still old people, poor people, college students and the occasional weirdo going though the book section (you know who you are).
 
2013-02-26 12:26:57 PM

SFSailor: It seems like the days are gone, thanks to eBay, of being able to find something for < 10% of its value.


You just have to know what you're looking for. ;)
 
2013-02-26 12:38:17 PM
Out in Portland Oregon, thrift store hip has been prevalent for so long that Goodwill has gotten (ahem) hip to it, and now most of their stuff is comparable in price to buying new at K mart or Walmart.  Sucks for those who go to thrift store because they are poor.
 
2013-02-26 12:39:48 PM
Second hand stores are great if you need a bud buster (coffee grinder), can usually get for few bucks, unless other stoners get there first.
 
2013-02-26 12:43:57 PM

hideous: Out in Portland Oregon, thrift store hip has been prevalent for so long that Goodwill has gotten (ahem) hip to it, and now most of their stuff is comparable in price to buying new at K mart or Walmart.  Sucks for those who go to thrift store because they are poor.


No one goes to thrift stores because they are poor, that's a common misnomer. Most large cities have separate charity stores for the poor run by local churches that require proof of income to shop there.
 
2013-02-26 01:04:01 PM
I get to see them at Bonnaroo, pretty happy about this.

They aren't all silly songs, like this one is pretty amazing, especially in the rap world.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlVBg7_08n0
 
2013-02-26 01:04:59 PM
I'll second (third whatever) the Macklemoore love. He's a great artist. In a similar thought I also listen to POS.

/stereotypical white guy, 95% of my music is alt or metal
 
2013-02-26 01:27:04 PM

Dwight_Yeast: wildcardjack: This novelty will pass as people meet the normal denizens of thrift stores.

/I step on at least one Mexican child a month in thrifts.

I haven't noticed any change in clientèle in twenty years: it's still old people, poor people, college students and the occasional weirdo going though the book section (you know who you are).


I am who that is. And I'd appreciate it if people would stop asking the same question as everyone else on earth asks. YES, IT'S A BARCODE SCANNER. NOW SHUT UP.
 
2013-02-26 01:31:45 PM
For every one item found useful to an aspiring hipster, there are 465 stained shirts, toys with pieces missing, or mismatched shoes.
 
2013-02-26 01:37:41 PM
I have to hand it to whichever Farker posted the clip in the FarkUS thread about new rap a few months back. That's how I found out about Macklemore.

Also, it depends on the region as to how 'good' your Goodwill actually is. My grandmother livesi n Ft. Myers, FL and her Goodwill is a rad menagerie of incredible shiat. I live in Columbus, Ga and my Goodwill is a sad heap of tragic cast-offs from this area's never-stylish-evers.
 
2013-02-26 01:39:12 PM

spman: There haven't been treasures to be found in thrift stores in years. All the big chains like Goodwill and Savers / Value Village, along with your local mom and pop places, are all well aware of eBay and Amazon. Anything of even nominal value doesn't make it to the sale floor. The Internet has done irreparable damage to thrift stores and tag sales, now everyone thinks their junk is gold. Just try stepping foot in a Goodwill these days, their prices are comparable to Target.


I've been a thrift store patron since the days I was a poor student. Now that I'm a poor adult, I'm still a thrift shopper but the stores have indeed changed. People are more willing to sell things on Craigslist or Ebay since that's so simple, so the supply of really nifty things has slowed considerably. Plus, outside of the church- or charity-sponsored stores, it's now an industry like any other.

The local paper ran a story last week about the regional Goodwill operation. The CEO pays himself $450k+ a year, and pays his wife something like $350k+ a year. Most of the "executive staff" are cronies or other family members.

The good stuff is indeed raked off the top, and either sold to antique stores or consignment stores - assuming, of course, that the staff doesn't slap a $5 price tag on a $200 item and take it home themselves. The "training" that the organization supposedly provides to the poor and homeless isn't even done by the Goodwill Foundation any longer - it's been outsources to a for-profit school that's under investigation by the state for substandard instruction.

I tend to only shop in stores that are located in small towns or the run-down parts of larger towns - just the sort of places that yuppie scum would avoid. Or the large outdoor flea markets favored by the Hispanic new-arrivals (known in these parts as "Mexi-Mart"). You can still find deal there, but not like the old days.

But then, for me at least, part of the fun is the thrill of the hunt.
 
2013-02-26 01:50:50 PM
Thanks to Kijiji, my wife and I have been able to acquire 90% of our household, outdoor and sporting goods for 50%+ savings.  It also helps to stalk rich 'burbs for weekend yardsales.
 
2013-02-26 02:02:29 PM
 
2013-02-26 02:11:46 PM
Popping tags actually refers to stealing or switching tickets in a clothing store. But I can see how people mistake it for making genuine purchases.
 
2013-02-26 02:14:07 PM

colonel0sanders: Just be sure everything goes directly from your car to your dryer with the heat on high - for at least an hour. Wouldn't want to bring home any bedbugs...


Or, you know, you could schedule an annual thrift shop trip during a summer heat wave (it's not like you buy fresh groceries there or have Black Friday deals) and leave the stuff in the car for a couple days.  Same effect, not as damaging and the energy's free.  One good thing about thrift stores is that they don't sell seasonally.  Also, bugs don't always stow away in clothes, and you can't put that broken keyboard in the dryer.  Again, leave it in a hot car.
 
2013-02-26 02:17:50 PM
I love that I discovered that song with a fark video link several months before it hit big
 
2013-02-26 02:21:17 PM
 
2013-02-26 02:22:38 PM

dragonchild: colonel0sanders: Just be sure everything goes directly from your car to your dryer with the heat on high - for at least an hour. Wouldn't want to bring home any bedbugs...

Or, you know, you could schedule an annual thrift shop trip during a summer heat wave (it's not like you buy fresh groceries there or have Black Friday deals) and leave the stuff in the car for a couple days.  Same effect, not as damaging and the energy's free.  One good thing about thrift stores is that they don't sell seasonally.  Also, bugs don't always stow away in clothes, and you can't put that broken keyboard in the dryer.  Again, leave it in a hot car.


What, with the dog and the baby?
 
2013-02-26 02:25:06 PM

Nurglitch: What, with the dog and the baby?


Sure, why not?  You don't want the baby to spread the bedbugs either.
 
2013-02-26 02:26:05 PM
Just another welfare carol.
 
2013-02-26 02:36:20 PM
Forget thrift stores, yard sales are where it is at.  My wife and I go 'sale-ing' every other Saturday or so and we find great deals.  It helps that we live in a state with mild winters.
 
2013-02-26 02:44:23 PM

kroonermanblack: I'll second (third whatever) the Macklemoore love. He's a great artist. In a similar thought I also listen to POS.

/stereotypical white guy, 95% of my music is alt or metal


I like the guy too, and not just for the novelty hit. A few months ago after I had just discovered this earworm of a song and before it blew up I pulled up the video at a party because I thought it would be fun and that if someone actually wanted to listen to the lyrics would find it to be more clever than 99% of the pop crap out there. Some guy there just started sh*tting all over it though and saying that people like me are the reason why music blows and that I should be ashamed of myself and then told my fiancee to have better control over his woman.

Some people just can't allow themselves to have fun I guess.
 
2013-02-26 02:54:14 PM
If you like macklemore. Check out some more great pacific northwest artists like grieves or josh martinez.
 
2013-02-26 02:55:58 PM
The album (free) pork Que? By the chicharones is a great one
 
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