Real stars have confidence in their taste. They don’t need to see their clothing come out of a shopping bag with a famous name on it. They know great fashion when they see it. That’s real taste. The super successful celebrities on this list know what they’re doing when it comes to shopping for clothes – they find as much great fashion in thrift stores as they find in big, expensive ones. Thrift shopping isn’t for poor people only – rich people enjoy it too.
1. Julia Roberts
At one point in her career, Julia Roberts made $15 million a movie. A piece in the National Enquirer in 2012, though, made fun of her for taking her children to a thrift shop. The star didn’t respond to the piece. She simply continues doing what she believes is right – showing her children how to recognize quality, wherever they may find it.
After setting the charts on fire with his hit single Thrift Shop, rapper Macklemore shouldn’t have had to go to a thrift shop ever again. To this day, though, the star’s wardrobe mostly comes from thrift stores selling secondhand stuff. You may not want to follow his example, but you’ll at least know that there’s nothing wrong with shopping thrift.
3. Jada Pinkett-Smith
With successful careers as singer-songwriter, actor, director and author, Jada Pinkett-Smith is personally worth $20 million. She’s also married to superstar Will Smith. Nevertheless, Jada has been photographed by paparazzi at used clothes stores in Santa Monica, looking for great steals along with her daughter Willow.
4. Debbie Harry
In an interview on Huffington Post, singer Debbie Harry has said that she really needed to depend on thrift stores for her wardrobe needs while growing up. Somehow, she hasn’t been able to shake the habit. In the interview, she confesses that the hunt – finding something that no one else has – comes with a thrill of its own.
5. Zooey Deschanel
Multi-talented artist Zooey Deschanel likes to do quirky parts when she appears in movies. She has a fun quirk in real life, too. She enjoys looking through thrift shops, flea markets and secondhand stores to find undiscovered gems. It’s hard to understand why she spends her time thrift shopping when she can actually buy many expensive things instead.
6. Lara Spencer
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Good Morning America anchor Lara Spencer’s involvement in the thrift shopping scene goes deeper than finding bargains. She has her own HGTV show called Flea Market Flip. She also has a book on finding used bargains, called I Brake for Yard Sales. Well, perhaps she is a big thrift shop junkie, and so am I.
7. Ryan Tedder
OneRepublic singer and songwriter Ryan Tedder doesn’t particularly care about keeping his wardrobe updated. In an interview, he confessed that he’d had half of the shirts in his closet since he was 18. Ryan Tedder is 33 today. Those shirts didn’t come new from a store when he first got them, either. He’s been a thrift shopper since age 13.
8. R&B singer Miguel
Grammy-winning R&B singer Miguel takes his thrift shopping around the world. When this Los Angeles native is on tour in Europe, one of the first things he does is to scout out the best thrift shops around. He even asks his fans for thrift shop tips. Miguel believes that thrift shop clothes have more character than new clothes.
9. Elle Varner
Believe it or not, the Grammy-nominated singer of Only Wanna Give It to You is so confident in her taste that she was willing to wear a $4 thrift shop find in her first music video. Her thrifting is so well-known that Michelle Obama is a fan.
10. Janelle Monáe
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Hit R&B and psychedelic soul singer Janelle Monáe has millions to her name. Yet, her favorite store in her hometown of Altanta is a thrift outlet called Poor Little Rich Girl. She loves thrift shopping because she gets to find pieces that are no longer in production today. She gets to be unique.
These celebrities may have spectacular multimillion-dollar contracts, palatial homes and a jet-setting lifestyle. It’s still the simple pleasures that make them happy. I respect rich people who do the things ordinary people do. Most of us can afford to buy expensive clothing so thrift shopping is a smart option. Are you a thrift store shopper?