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Thrift Shopping

By now Macklemore, a white rap artist has taken the charts and hearts of many high school students. One of his most popular songs is called “Thrift Shop.” As over played and outdated as it is… It was one of my biggest inspirations for a little thrift shopping of my own this weekend.

Many of you don’t know that I am kind of a vintage junkie. I love walking through antique stores and looking at thrift shops because you do see some really interesting things.

This weekend I was on the hunt for the perfect Polaroid camera. While I was wondering through the Salvation Army I was disappointed at their small selection of crappy Walmart cameras and I decided it was time for me to move on. While being dragged out of the shop by amazing boyfriend I managed to wiggle free when I saw a large bookcase that seemed to draw my attention. After looking at the hundreds of books I was finally allowing myself to be removed from the shop. But wait! What is that I see out of the corner of my eye? Behind the glass counter top I spotted a box that read “$58.00 for all cameras.”

When the cashier removed the box for me I found not only the PERFECT Polaroid but also eight other very old cameras that date back to way before I was even born. Being the vintage junkie I am I was dancing with excitement in the middle of the store. Embarrassing anybody around me but when you find something like that in a random thrift shop in the center of town… You have to be a little excited.

Now you are all probably wondering, “What the hell does this have to do with me?” Probably bored out of your minds and staring at the screen like straight zombies I will tell you this: Don’t be afraid of thrift shopping. A lot of people believe that thrift shopping can be tagged to the words gross, old, and useless junk. In reality you can find some really cool stuff that maybe someone else just didn’t have room for. For all you Macklemore fans, “One man’s trash, that’s another man’s come-up.” In my case, another person that all those vintage cameras were crap, to me that cardboard box was like finding a chest of gold. Every camera with their own untold secrets.


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