Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Rockin 'the thrift shop

They can afford to shop wherever they want, but some music stars prefer the thrill of the hunt

  • Print

NEW YORK -- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis aren't the only ones poppin' tags at thrift shops.

In light of the hip-hop duo's No. 1 smash Thrift Shop, musicians including Debbie Harry, Miguel and Elle Varner discuss their adventures buying used clothes, even after their careers took off.

-- -- --

Debbie Harry loves to search for unique items at thrift shops, but sometimes the Blondie frontwoman had to do it because times were hard.

"At various times in my life (it has) been really necessarily to shop like that," she said in an interview.

Harry, 67, said she also hit up thrift shops to fuel her creativity when deciding what to wear to an event or photo shoot. Her favourite used item? A silver 1960s Betsey Johnson jumpsuit.

"Let's face it, when you don't have a lot of money and have to dress cool, it's the best way to go," she said.

The singer says she loves thrift shops in Florida and that as a kid her bargain shopping annoyed her father. "My dad was horrified when I was in high school and I would come home with something from Salvation Army," she said. "He was terrified that I would be bringing a large population of bugs."

She also enjoys thrift shopping because it's somewhat of an adrenaline rush.

"In a way it's a sense of adventure too because you're not walking in and seeing a rack of clothing," she said. "You have to go in and hunt and it can be very entertaining."

-- -- --

While on his latest international tour, Los Angeles-born Miguel was happy to meet his fans with different accents. He was also hype about his fans' thrift shops.

"I tried to do it while we were on tour in Europe. I did a little bit in Stockholm, Sweden, a little bit in London," recalled Miguel, who was sporting his favourite rag -- a red one from a thrift store -- in his back pocket.

The pint-sized R&B singer is known for his smooth sound and chic style. His look is mostly clean -- fitted blazers and tight jeans are his forte. He's also an accessories guy.

He prefers clothes from thrift shops because "it's like clothes with character."

-- -- --

When Elle Varner made her debut to the music world with her first music video, she did so in a hand-me-down.

"The jacket I'm wearing in the Only Wanna Give It to You (music video) was $4 at Goodwill," she said of the bright orange blazer that got attention on urban blogs when the video was released in 2011.

"It's hot -- and wasn't everyone wearing coloured blazers after that?" she asked happily, giving herself credit for helping to push the trend.

Grammy-nominated Varner, a rising R&B singer, says she loves to thrift shop. She even called herself "a thrift queen."

Her favourite spot for "thrifting" in New York is Beacon's Closet. In Los Angeles, the singer "used to love Jet Rag, but it's so crazy now on Sunday mornings."

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 16, 2013 E10

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Rinelle Harper and family thank man who found her

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Local- A large osprey lands in it's nest in a hydro pole on Hyw 59  near the Hillside Beach turnoff turn off. Osprey a large narrow winged hawk which can have a wingspan of over 54 inches are making a incredible recovery since pesticide use of the 1950's and  1960's- For the last two decades these fish hawks have been reappearing in the Lake Winnipeg area- Aug 03, 2005
  • A Great Horned Owl that was caught up in some soccer nets in Shamrock Park in Southdale on November 16th was rehabilitated and returned to the the city park behind Shamrock School and released this afternoon. Sequence of the release. December 4, 2012  BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Are you concerned about the death of a seal at the Assiniboine Park Zoo?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google