After a decade in music, Macklemore (a.k.a. Ben Haggerty) and producer Ryan Lewis have finally broken big with "Thrift Shop," our official bargain-hunting anthem of choice. The song is on top of Billboard's Hot 100, and its cheeky trailer-park-fab video has over 61 million views. But Haggerty's professed love for secondhand shopping isn't just a goof on the economy or a reaction to hip-hop's bling culture. Oh no — Macklemore thrifts for real.
Point of proof, the video for "Thrift Shop" was shot at the same Capitol Hill Value Village store in Seattle that Haggerty's been visiting since he was 10. Fun fact: Folks there tell us that this particular outpost of the 300-location chain (they save 600 million pounds of unused goods from landfills every year!) was a go-to flannel supplier for the local grunge scene in the '90s (see, fun).
As you might expect of any dedicated thrift hustler, Macklemore has his own share of favorite finds and shopping strategies. Luckily, he shared a few of them with us along with some shots of him and partner Ryan Lewis in that storied Capitol Hill Value Village. Click on to take it all in.
Photographed by Jimmy Bazan
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