Locals love thrift store song, bargains

Published 12:02 am Thursday, March 28, 2013


Peacia Davis shops for her twin boys at the Andalusia Goodwill store. | Stephanie Nelson/Star-News

Locals spotted shopping at area thrift stores aren’t surprised at the popularity or the message behind the hit pop song “Thrift Shop,” but it hasn’t helped business, store officials said Wednesday.


Seattle rapper Macklemore’s song “Thrift Shop,” which celebrates snagging “awesome” bargains on second-hand clothes, has sold more than 4 million digital copies and became the first indie track in nearly 20 years to top the Billboard charts. But it hasn’t boosted sales at actual thrift shops, reports the International Business Times.


Pam Schofield, the Andalusia Goodwill Store manager, agrees.


“Business is slow here,” Schofield said. “What hurts us is these shops with the booths in them. People are keeping their items or selling them at the booths but not donating them.


“But we do have our steady customers,” she said.


Customers like Norma Cross of Red Level and Aggie Boartfield and Peacia Davis of Andalusia love “thrift shoppin’.”


“Where else can you find three pairs of jeans for $6?” said Boartfield, who was shopping for work clothes.


Davis, the mother of 3-year-old twin boys, said she depends on thrift stores.


“It’s all about the good deals,” Davis said. “When you have to clothe two boys, you’ve got to take the deals where you can find them, and here at the Goodwill – and all the other thrift shops in town for that matter.”


Cross said she’s been an avid thrift shopper for years.


“I just love it,” she said. “It’s where I find my best deals.”