Thrift Shop Challenge

Chances are if you are a blogger, then you also frequently read other blogs. I’m sure it’s no surprise then that I would visit DIY and decorating blogs when ever I have some free time.

One of the bloggers I love to visit, is Young House Love. Like Sherry and John, the husband and wife team of this blog, I’m a fool for a good deal from the local thrift shops.  Emily and I frequented thrift  stores very regularly on the media room redo. And I kind of think we’ve got a special place in our heart for the Salvation Army close to her school.

So, when I read Sherry had issued a Thrift Shop Challenge based on a Macklemore Rap song about thrift shopping, we were ready to take the challenge. I won’t share the link to the video here, but Sherry does on her blog.

If you choose to watch it, just be forewarned that even the clean version is still not something I’d want sensitive ears to hear.  I winced as I listened the first time and then as the video unfolded, I laughed hysterically.  This artist has definitely captured the “thrift shop vibe” and the song sure has a catchy beat.

The song starts like this,

“I’m gonna pop some tags
  Only got twenty dollars in my pocket”

So here I am, with the twenty dollars out of my pocket.

I can’t even type up all the lyrics.  Now that I’ve searched them so that I could post them here, in an edited version, it’s really even worse than I realized.

Dressed in all pink, ‘cept my gator shoes”

I really didn’t think we’d find these, but they were indeed embossed with a gator skin.  My hair is as lovely as those shoes. I think it’s time for a trim!

Next up…

“Thank your granddad for donating that plaid button-up shirt”

There were tons of plaid shirts, but this one was funny because every panel was a different plaid!!  And look, it matches her outfit!

And last but certainly not least…

“I wear your granddad’s clothes
I look incredible
I’m in this big [butt] coat
From that thrift shop down the road”

Remember his coat? This one?

Here’s Em sporting her…

Pretty good replica right?

And despite hitting the jackpot on the Challenge, our “real” trip was not as successful. We had talked about taking the challenge the day before, and ended up picking this rainy day to go because friend of mine had called me, not an hour before we drove over to the thrift shop, because she had seen a globe there. My friend had recently seen my collection (shared here) and knew I was on the hunt. 

But surprisingly, to us anyway, it was gone by the time we got there. In less than 2 hours, I’m positive.  I guess there are more globe hunters out there than I realized. 😉

Our only real score on this trip was a “cute” Christmas sweater for Emily to wear to parties next year!

If you’d like to see some of my transformations from thrift shops/Craig’s List check out these links.

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  • Debbie @ MeandMyDIY
    January 31, 2013 at 1:28 am

    But what a fun time! The girls LOVE going thrift shopping. I&#39;ve been a few times to that Goodwill, but I guess I don&#39;t go at the right times, because it always seems picked over. But maybe I just lack imagination. 🙁 Enjoy the rest of your week!<br /><br />Debbie

  • Dana
    January 31, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Fun, fun, fun!!! I love this!

  • Iron + Twine
    February 1, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    We know all to well the feeling of leaving empty handed ~ but of course the hunt is part of the fun!

  • Grace @ Sense and Simplicity
    February 2, 2013 at 4:02 am

    The song is salty, but funny. I love the granddad&#39;s shirt part. It&#39;s funny how some trips are like that – you leave empty-handed or with only one thing and others you are practically falling over treasures. I did pretty well on mine.

  • Rachel
    May 16, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    I know what ya mean about that song… I love Tyler Ward&#39;s version of it! (He does a lot of covers on YouTube, and we usually always like his version better!) <br /><br /><br /><br />Love thrift shopping too! Recently, I got a double bike trailer for my kids to ride with daddy for $5! (Regularly at least $100-$200!) We just had to buy a $9 part and it


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