Just because music: Macklemore’s, Ryan Lewis’, and Wanz’s “Thrift Shop”

I’m actually not posting the video here, because even the clean version isn’t very clean.  I won’t even copy the entire lyrics here because, even cleaned up, they’re not that clean either.

Why, then, am I making Macklemore’s, Ryan Lewis’, and Wanz’s Thrift Shop one of my “just because” music choices?  Because I like the idea behind the lyrics.  Rather than telling kids that they’ll be cool if they buy the right brand names or sport the right look, the whole idea behind the song is that it’s stupid to spend a lot of money on designer clothes.  You can make your own style, and impress people, just buying at the thrift shop.  So herewith some excerpted lyrics that make that point:

I’m gonna pop some tags, only got twenty dollars in my pocket
I’m, I’m, I’m hunting, looking for a come up, this is [expletive] awesome


I’mma take your grandpa style
I’mma take your grandpa style, no for real, ask your grandpa
Can I have his hand-me-downs? Velour jumpsuit and some house slippers
Dookie Brown leather jacket that I found digging


I’m digging, I’m digging, I’m searching right through that luggage
One man’s trash, that’s another man’s come up
Thank your granddad for donating that fab button up shirt
‘Cause right now, I’m up in here stunting
I’m at the Goodwill, you can find me in the Uptons
I’m that sucker, sucker searching in the section
Your grammy, your aunty, your momma, your mammy
I’ll take those flannel zebra jammies, second hand


I hit the party and they stop in that [expletive]
They be like “Oh that Gucci, that’s hella tight”
I’m like “Yo, that’s only fifty dollars for a t-shirt”
Limited edition, let’s do some simple addition
Fifty dollars for a t-shirt, that’s just some ignorant [BS]
I call that getting swindled and pimped, [expletive]
I call that getting tricked by business, that shirt’s hella dough
And having the same one as six other people in this club is a hella don’t
Peep game, come take a look through my telescope
Trying to get girls from a brand? Then you hella won’t, then you hella won’t


[Bridge: Wanz]
I wear your granddad’s clothes, I look incredible
I’m in this big coat from that thrift shop down the road
I wear your granddad’s clothes, I look incredible
I’m in this big coat from that thrift shop down the road

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  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    My daughter and her friends were doing “Goodwill runs” back in the ’90s and early 2000s when they were in high school and college.
    I was so proud of them!!  They recommended one place where I went and found my very cool leather jacket for $25.00 (plus $38.00 for cleaning, I think).
    I don’t think they listen(ed) to this group or this kind of music (although what do I know?), but I love the mindset…our culture would be a lot better off with a bit more of it.

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    I love Goodwill.  I don’t find many clothes there (I’m a hard size to fit) but I love doing book runs at Goodwill.  It’s a bit of a potluck — that is, I can’t go in targeting specific books — but I almost invariably leave with between two and twenty books tucked under my arms.  With patience, I’ve been able to collect all the books of this or that author that I like.

    The secret with Goodwill is to find the gems.  It’s truly like going on a treasure hunt.

  • http://www.celiahayes.com Sgt. Mom

    Oh, yeah – Goodwill, Salvation Army and Thriftown (local thrift shop) are the go-to choices for my daughter and I. We’ve found some incredible bargains there, sometimes for nearly new or unworn clothing. I think my daughter’s greatest score was at a garage sale, where she got a vintage Doney & Burke handbag (originally $200+) for $5.00. And a pair of Tony Lama cowboy boots for $50  (they usually go for about $400+) at another little second-hand outlet. I think that even if I become fabulously wealthy writing historical fiction, I will still shop at thrift and second-hand stores.
    For books – nothing beats Half-Price books, unless it’s the ‘used’ section at Amazon, and the yearly SA-ISD PTA book sale, where all paperbacks are .50, and all hardbound books are $1.00 – no matter if it’s a lavish coffee-table book or an kid’s picture book. The last couple of years, I’ve left that venue staggering under the weight of a couple of cartons of books – having spent $20 or so.
    But if second-hand becomes trendy, everyone will be doing it. Oh, noes! 

  • Libby

    We love blasting this song on the car radio (the stations have censored out the bad language).

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    My newest “book source”is Dollar Tree and .99 Only!  Nothing “vintage”, of course.  But I got George Obama’s book (written with Damien Lewis), Homeland;  in fact, I bought several copies to share with family and friends!  After reading it, I’m thinking that he’d do a better job as President than his brother — he has real-world experience and is much wiser about humans as they exist and the way the world works.  No utopian is George!
    Also got a fabulous photo-book of outhouses, each photo accompanied by a verse.  Plus Coffee with Groucho, by Simon Louvish, which is a wonderful introduction to the great man for folks too young to have seen him when he was kicking!  For sports fans, there’s Bottom of the Ninth by Michael Shapiro, a fascinating look at Branch Rickey’s attempt to establish a third major baseball league at the beginning of the ’60s, told through the lens of the Series between the Yankees and the Pirates.  Well done.  I also found a paperback edition of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader the other day….have kept going back looking for the other books in the Narnia series, but no luck, so far.
    My favorite Internet book source is Bookfinder.com…and I MUCH prefer the “Classic Search Display”, for which you have to check a box at the bottom of the display they show you.  Check it out.

  • shirleyelizabeth

    I initially started scouring thrift bookshelves looking for the old Reader’s Digest compilation books, for decor and quick, easy reads to pick up anywhere around the house, and I discovered what a gold mine they are thrift store bookshelves, that is)! I have since ended up buying multiple books that I later find friends’ and neighbors’ names in. And I laugh.

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  • Texan99

    This was [expletive] awesome.