NEW YORK —
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.”
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.
“I’ve thrift shopped since I was 13 and half of my wardrobe to this day are still the same shirts I had when I was 17, 18,” he said, looking down to see if he was wearing one of his classics under his leather jacket.
But for the producer behind hits for Beyonce and Adele, thrift shops aren’t just about clothes. They serve as gift shops, too.
“Me and my best friend back in Colorado, as a joke every year we’d go to the DAV, Disabled American Veterans, thrift shop and pick out the nastiest trophy and that would be the Christmas present we’d give each other,” he recalled, smiling. “The African American Junior League Bowlers Association — stuff like that.”