Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Entertainment

March 13, 2013

$20 in my pocket: Celebs also hit the thrift shops

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"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 favorite 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.

The Grammy winner says he prefers clothes from thrift shops because "it's like clothes with character."

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THE THRIFT QUEEN

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 Good Will," 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 colored blazers after that?" she asked happily, giving herself credit for helping to push the trend.

Grammy-nominated Varner, a rising R&B singer who counts first lady Michelle Obama as a fan, says she loves to thrift shop. She even called herself "a thrift queen."

Her favorite 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."

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TEENAGE T-SHIRT SWAG

How old are Ryan Tedder's favorite T-shirts? Super old.

The 33-year-old OneRepublic singer and songwriter says his favorite shirts are the ones he bought when was a teenager — and they're from thrift shops.

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