The Symphony

Buy, buy! says the sign in the shop window; Why, why? says the junk in the yard. Paul McCartney

Thrift Store Symphony is a documentary film project unlike any other. In a world of sadness, self-loathing, and guilt, who’s to say we can’t feel good for once? We think it’s time for a little bit of a pick-me-up, world.

There is no junk, only someone else’s treasures; at least, that’s what my grandmother, Little Purkey, thought, and taught to me. That sentiment still rings true in my life, and in the lives of many others who consider themselves part of the Thrift Culture, built on the ideals of frugal, yet thriving, life. Let’s be clear: we’re not talking over-sized fur coats and bad faux-hawks dancing through home-made bargain bins. We’re talking real, gritty, cheap living.

We give value to whatever we very well want to. Sometimes that value is hidden, and you’ve got to dig a bit to find the treasure. That’s what we’re here to prove.

The plan was simple; over two weeks, we would visit several thrift stores in cities across the southern and midwestern United States; find anything that makes noise (or that we can make noise with); and record one original song right there, in each store.

The result is an exciting blend of narrative, documentary, and music video: all while exploring an exciting, multi-generational sub-culture, and following a classic American roadtrip.

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The Trip

Our trip was absolutely amazing. Below you see everywhere we visited on our 15-day voyage! (Strikethrough indicates a city we visited, but for one reason or another were unable to visit a thrift store in)

Gadsden, ALNashville, TNLouisville, KYIndianapolis, INChicago, ILMilwaukee, WIMinneapolis, MNSt. Louis, MOJackson, MS › Birmingham, AL

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