So for those not in the loop (are you living in a cave?!) - Macklemore is a rapper from Seattle (Washington, represent!) who partnered with Ryan Lewis to make this hilarious tribute to all things thrift store. For those of you that like your versions a little more true to the artist check out the unedited version. (If you’re on a smart phone click here to watch it.)
The hilarious couple over at Young House Love are all 'bout it too - so much, in fact, that they combined the two for a challenge I couldn't pass up. The Completely Unofficial Macklemore Thrift Shop Challenge! (For some reason I sang that Oprah-style when I was typing it and dang do I do a good Oprah impression...in.my.head.)
Step #1. Go to a thrift shop with – just as the chorus of the song says – “$20 in your pocket” and take a picture.
Step #2. Spend that $20 any way you’d like and photograph your spoils.
Did I get my come-up? No, not exactly. I have this awesome project planned for some thrift store leather jackets, but the greedy peeps at our local Goodwill are charging an arm and a leg for one. $30?! Sorry, too rich for my blood. I'm going to have to hit up - what Josh dubs - "the center of the universe - where all thrift store castaways go to fight for their last chance at a new life." Where do the unlucky ones go after the center of the universe...no one quite knows, or at least I don't. You guys know of this place in Seattle? If you haven't been there - you're missing out on all kinds of awesomeness.
So with no especially interesting finds to take home with me, I left with a couple of the Multi-Color MALIN LÖV pillows from Ikea instead (each $2.99.) Which is pretty much how thrifting goes - you win some, you lose some. I'll probably recover these at some point. They're the perfect shape and size for our sofa, but just not the right colors. I could stencil them, "I participated in the YHL Macklemore Thrift Shop Challenge and all I got were these Ikea pillows."OR (IDEA!).....anyone want to take part in a pillow swap?
Step #3. Find one item (or more) referenced in the song and snap a pic.
Nailed it!.....well, sort of. These are gator, right?
Big A$$ Coat!
If my "Stiffler's Mom Circa 2 Broke Girls" impression isn't enough to get you all warm and fuzzy then how about my "Blue Steel"? Sorry, fellas...I'm taken.
Luckily I didn't find any skeet blankets.......................................................................awkward.
The thrift shop/Professor Mack gods were surely on my side for this challenge - as I turned the corner down the sporting goods aisle I stumbled upon a kid ROLLERBLADING! I was too in awe of this awesomeness to snap a pic, but I swear on the thrifty gods themselves it happened.
Need a lesson in thrift shopping? Check out Macklemore's interview with GQ. Now get out there and pop some tags.