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The Number One Song in America: Thrift Shop

Macklemore says:

They be like, “Oh, that Gucci – that’s hella tight.”
I’m like, “Yo – that’s fifty dollars for a T-shirt.”
Limited edition, let’s do some simple addition
Fifty dollars for a T-shirt – that’s just some ignorant bitch, shit
I call that getting swindled and pimped
I call that getting tricked by a business

By now you have heard the hip hop-rap sensation Macklemore’s hit song, Thrift Shop. This is a catchy song that rejects the endless consumption mindset that dominates the American psyche and instead promotes wearing your grandpa’s hand-me-downs. I could not have chosen a more opportune time to live a more frugal life.

While not the best song from the Seattle artist I love the message of Thrift Shop. Macklemore tells us that we are being tricked, swindled, and pimped by businesses that want nothing more and nothing less than to separate us from our hard earned money. His message is simple, straightforward, yet powerful: We don’t have to buy (literally) into the consumer mindset and become a clone of our peers.

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