Last Friday, Young House Love issued The (Completely Unofficial) Macklemore Thrift Shop Challenge and I gladly accepted it!
For those of you unfamiliar with the song, you can watch the clean version of the video here:
If you don't like rap music, or can't watch the video because you're at work, basically Macklemore goes thrift shopping with "20 dollas in his pocket" looking for a "come up" AKA something of value. It's become an anthem of sorts for those that frequent thrift shops regularly.
Young House Love asked that we do the following three things to participate in the challenge:
Step #1. Go to a thrift shop with – just as the chorus of the song says – “$20 in your pocket” and take a picture.
I'm making a horrible face but step 1's done!
Step #2. Spend that $20 any way you’d like and photograph your spoils.
I spent my "20 dollas" (err, $18.55) on the following:
I'll give more info on them in a minute but first!
Step #3. Find one item (or more) referenced in the song and snap a pic.
I actually found two items referenced in the song. The first one was a "dookie brown leather jacket" like this one shown in Macklemore's video:
The leather jacket I found at Saver's is nearly identical to his!
Clearly I was pretending to pose with an imaginary cowboy hat haha
The second item I found was some velcro Pro Wings shoes:
The shoes I found weren't the Pro Wings brand but they did have a velcro strap and a winged logo! Totally counts, right? It better cause I stuck my bare feet in those things haha
Back to my finds!
I got this French horn looking instrument for $5:
I plan on painting it blue as a nod to the blue French horn Ted stole for Robin in an episode of How I Met Your Mother :) Psst: any other HIMYM fans out there?
I also got a set of 6 vintage photographs that I'm in love with:
The photos were all taken in Alaska in the late 60's:
The photo in the top right is of a volcano that was taken at 37,000 feet en route to Alaska! Crazy!
I wouldn't know anything about the photos if the previous owner hadn't written a little note about them on the back piece of cardboard:
The photo's locations vary from Mt. McKinley, to Portage, AK, to Cordova, AK:
The frames they came in are in great condition:
But I don't plan on keeping the photos in them:
Instead, I'd love to frame them in something a little more modern. I'm thinking large, thin black frames with an oversized mat surrounding the photos, kind of like this:
[ Image via Samantha Pynn ]
It's sad to think that these photos may have been dropped off at the thrift shop because someone's parents/grandparents died (or went to a nursing home) and their kid(s) didn't want them anymore. Being able to give them a new life (so to speak) makes me happy :)
What do you think of my finds? Did you participate in the challenge? What'd you find?