Our Unofficial Macklemore Thrift Shop Challenge

How was I completely unaware of this super popular rap song about thrift store shopping? I mean white rap stars and thrifting are two of my favourite things. I know why I’ve never heard of the song, I’m totally not cool. That’s why.

The song is called Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. And if you are uncool like me and haven’t heard it yet, you can watch it here.

Who doesn’t love a couple of white guys rapping about their thrift shop finds?

Of course the coolest people I know (OK I totally don’t know them, but I like to pretend that we’re BFF’s) John & Sherry of Young House Love know all about this song and have sent out a challenge to the universe. Or maybe just the blogging world.

John & Sherry have set up a challenge to go to a thrift shop with $20 in your pocket and blog about your finds.

thrift-stores-in-raleighAs if anyone needs an excuse to go to a thrift store. Hello.

I considered taking my husband and kids with me. But immediately changed my mind. I mean as soon as we enter a store my kids turn into little gremlins. And not to mention my husband would spend the whole time saying ‘do we really need another basket’. Who needs that nonsense.

So I emailed my fellow blogging friends Holly @ Storywood Designs and Lauren @ The Endearing Home and they both said heck yeah. I knew they wouldn’t need any convincing.

We decided that the Durham Rescue Mission Thrift Shop here in Raleigh would be the best place to go. If you are in the Raleigh area you have to check this thrift store out. It’s huge and the prices are fantastic. Just wait till see all the stuff we got.

The (Completely Unofficial) Macklemore Thrift Shop Challenge from Young House Love has three parts:

Step #1. Go to a thrift shop with – just as the chorus of the song says – “$20 in your pocket” and take a picture.

durham-rescue-mission-thrift-storeBe prepared to have people think you’re crazy when you ask them to take a photo of you holding up your money. But just look around, I promise that you’ll be hands down the least crazy person in there. Yes thrifting is also about the people watching.

Step #2. Spend that $20 any way you’d like and photograph your spoils.

macklemore-challengeWe each left with a shopping cart full of goodies.

But Holly was the only one who managed to keep her spending under $20. I spend a total of $34.56. I never get to go shopping without the kids, so I was all like go big or go home.

macklemore-challengeHere are my finds. I know that Merry Christmas sign is seriously ugly. But I have big plans for it. You’ll have to wait and see (that means I really don’t know what I’m going to do with it.)

thrift-store-mirrorThis mirror is old, heavy and gorgeous. And although it’s falling apart, I couldn’t just leave it behind. Especially with a price of only $3.99.

durham-rescue-mission-thrift-store2 yards of fabric for $0.25. Yes a whole quarter.

sea-urchin-vaseI can’t remember what I paid for the sea urchin vase but I think it was around $1.00. And that little green porcelain bowl (for a $1.00) now sits on the edge of my kitchen sink and holds my scrubbing sponge.


cross-stitchThe cross-stitch is certainly not an antique, but I still think it has loads of charm. And for $1.00 I knew I could give it the appreciation it deserves. I’ve already painted the frame yellow (actually painted it blue first , but didn’t like the blue).

corkboardMy favourite find was this huge cork board. You can’t tell in the photo but it has that large cork that is so hard to find. And it was only $2.99.

Lauren gave me the brilliant idea to use it as a headboard for one of the kids beds. But at the moment the kids rooms are a mess, so until I do something with their rooms I’m going to hang it in our kitchen.

Step #3. Find one item (or more) referenced in the song and snap a pic.

Yeah so we kind of got all excited about all the awesome stuff we found and totally forgot to hunt for any of the items referenced in the song. You know like a broken keyboard, gator shoes, or sheets that smell like R. Kelly. Although I’m sure they had it all.

But I did snap some pictures of some other weird stuff.

Instead of finding a big ass coat like the lyrics say, I found a big ass t.v.

old-tv-consoleIt’s actually all the rage to turn these old t.v. console’s into something much cooler. Like a dog bed. So if you’re looking for the world’s largest dog bed head on over to Durham Rescue Mission.

awkward-family-photoHey isn’t that Honey Boo Boo?

We had such a fun time and I totally recommend you grab a couple of your thriftiest friends and head to your favourite thrift shop with $20 in your pocket.


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  2. Looks like you ladies had a blast! I love that mirror- there’s so much you can do to it and for $3.99 that’s AWESOME! I love checking out the thrift stores… and I must be uncool too because I’ve never heard that song until now. :)

  3. Ok, so I think *I* may be the most uncool person ever – I’ve heard that song loads before (and loved it) but never stopped to listen to the lyrics. Just played it and had to totally LOL! Awesome, Danielle!!! :-)

    • You will have so much fun. I want to hear if you find anything good. Or maybe not, I always get so jealous when I hear about others amazing finds.

    • What you have to go! But don’t be disappointed if you come away empty handed. It really is hit or miss. But it’s so worth it when you find a good store. I’m so happy you found this post.

  4. OH MY GOODNESS! I don’t think I have ever laughed so hard. You even had my husband laughing..
    First the urchin vase and the soap dish are my favorites and I love the giant cork board. Great SCORES!
    When I got to the end I was like WHOA. That photo is so funny! Is that Honey Boo Boo?
    Aww..Good Stuff

    • Thanks Stephanie, I just told my husband that people thought I was funny and he said “it’s a good thing strangers find you funny, we don’t”. Harsh.

  5. where do i begin? that sponge dish is gorgeous! as is the mirror – and at such a great price. and i love the bright cheerful print of the fabric. if you don’t already have a project in mind for it, i could use a throw pillow cover… ;)

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