Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV


March 17, 2013

Poppin' tags

Pop culture sells the benefit of thrift shops and bargains


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — What would you do with $20 in your pocket? Rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis hit the thrift shop. Oh and they sing about it too. The hip-hop duo’s multiplatinum, No. 1 smash “Thrift Shop” is about “poppin’ tags,” — taking the price tags off merchandise — at the thrift shop. As of March 2013, the song has sold more than 4 million copies in the U.S.

The song is so catchy Holly Parish, of Princeton, started singing along.

“I like the song’s beat and parts of it are hilarious but the language of the original made me pick the clean version,” she said.

Kathrn Kandas, of Bluefield, said she liked the song because it reminded her of the Beastie Boys.

And Beth Jackson, also of Bluefield, said her daughter and friends made up a dance to it and sing it all the time.

“But we call it the Goodwill Store,” Jackson said.

Princeton’s Blessings Two Tanning and Consignment owner Debbie Hood had never heard the song until her son played it for her a few days ago.

“I think it is awesome,” she said. “I really enjoyed it and found it just hilarious.”

Hood said thrift shops are always trendy, thanks to pop culture and the economy.

“I see new customers everyday and we have our regulars,” she said. “They know they can get name brand items.”

The song is good for business. Plus, it reminds area residents of good experiences in local thrift stores.

“I was going to work at Bluefield State and needed to go from uniforms to dress clothes. I didn’t want to spend a lot so I went to the thrift store on Bluefield Avenue one day and found several brand name pairs of barely used (some with new tags on them) dress pants and a dress. I was so surprised to have found them. I surely didn’t expect too,” Parish said.

Hood’s best bargain was a Columbia jacket and gloves for $15. She said many young teens have found designer jeans that retail for $100 in her store at a much cheaper price. She said the girls were excited to find bargains.

D.W. Perdue, of Bluefield, Va., remembers visiting a Virginia Goodwill.

“My entire family needed some warm clothes for an unusually cold week we spent down at Claytor Lake one summer. All we packed was warm weather clothes. So I went to Goodwill in Pulaski, and I bought enough winter clothes for the the whole family for about 50 bucks. That was five years ago, and I still wear those clothes. I even found some name brand dress pants with the tags still on the tag. I wouldn’t hesitate to hit a place like that again,” Perdue said.

In Princeton, Hood said her consignment shop is thriving, mostly due to people looking for bargains and trying to save money.

“They think thrift stores are cool too,” she said.

— Contact Jamie Parsell



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