I’m gonna pop some tags, only got twenty dollars in my pocket…


I read an article that started: If you own a radio, have ever listened to a radio, or have friends with a radio, you’ve probably heard Macklemore’s single, “Thrift Shop.”  Hum, I’ve never heard it. So I went to my trusty thrift store radio and turned my dial to the OTHER channel.


I must tell you another story before I finish this one.  Actually, it’s more of a confession.  I’ve lied to my son about my age.  I told him I was 29…  for six years.  Last year, he realized how birthdays worked and he announced that I was 30.  OK.  I can live with that.

My lie has been blown to bits now.  Actual conversation as The Boy is riding his horse…

The Boy — “Leave me alone.  You don’t know what you are doing and you are freaking my horse out.”

Me — “I’ve been riding horses for 37 years and I do to…”

The Boy — “You lied.  See.  You are a LIAR.  You told me you were 29!”


OK, back to today’s story.  I heard the song.  Those of you who know me well know that… well, let’s just say I have a masterful power of the English language and all things Urban Dictionary.  My mouth is more like a sailor and less like a Hallmark card.  I pride myself on being able to translate 16 year old boy when needed.

Well, today is the day — I guess it’s official.  Are you ready?? — I AM OLD.  Those lyrics made me squirm.

After I got past that, the song describes the thrill of thrift shopping, the awesome feeling of having something no one else has, and that awkward feeling you get when you really are walking in someone else’s shoes.  With just “20 dollars in my pocket”, Macklemore goes on a wild romp through thrift shops in Seattle near where he grew up, including a Goodwill outlet store.  “I’m so pumped…  dressed in all pink, except my gator shoes, those are green…  draped in a leopard mink…  I’m digging, I’m digging, I’m searching right through that luggage…  One man’s trash, that’s another man’s come-up.”  Macklemore is right on — you can find amazing items at thrift stores that will elevate your style no matter the size of your budget.  And the song has a really good beat.

Twenty dollars can take you far at a Goodwill store…  prom, your first job, and, if you’re lucky, a quadruple platinum hit!

“I’m gonna pop some tags…  Only got 20 dollars in my pocket…”  I’m turning that dial back now…  Bless their hearts…

T (no Boy on this one… he can’t listen to these lyrics!)

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