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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.
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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."
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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."
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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."