7 Ways You Can Lend A Hand, with GIFs. (98 Days To Go)

March 23, 2015 Michael Panik


Ninety-eight days. That’s terrifying.

I’m gonna be honest: planning and running something like this gets…a little stressful. Those that know me pretty well are laughing right now, because of how many times I’ve completely freaked out in the last couple of weeks. It’s easy though. Everything is so up in the air, but exciting, but terrifying, and the roller coaster continues.

I’m in love with this project.

A friend of mine preached this week on what it means to be in love, and how you see that love, and even though he was speaking on a spouse’s love for their spouse, to me, it felt like he was talking about me and this project. I spend my time, thoughts, and efforts trying to grow the reach of this project, and expand our message of junk and beauty.

At the risk of sounding guilt-trippy, I’d ask that you do the same.

I can’t make this happen alone, and I would never try. Thrift Store Symphony needs you. You have the opportunity to be a part of something that can make a difference, and spread a positive message. But how can you help? I talked about it some last week, but there are many ways that you can help, and most take very little effort.

Also GIFs, because I, along with the rest of the universe, love GIFs.

Tell people everyone you talk to.

Source: PopXO.com

Source: PopXO.com

This is the number one thing I can’t stress enough. Thrift Store Symphony is an idea. Yes, we want to make a documentary to explore all the ideas that go with it, but at its core, it’s a simple idea that we alone give purpose and value to a thing. When you open someone’s eyes to the truth that you don’t have to spend a lot of money or always have the newest thing (or buy much of anything new, for that matter) to live comfortably, happily, and have the things you want in life, you can change their life.

Shop at thrift stores.

This seems almost no-duh, but it’s huge: GO SHOP AT THRIFT STORES. The weather is changing here in Alabama, and a lot of people are realizing they need new shorts, short-sleeve shirts, etc. You could spend a couple hundred dollars at a massive retail department store, or you could swallow your pride, wake up early on a Saturday, grab a $20, and stock up. This weekend I bought 3 pairs of shorts for something like $9, all in like-new condition. One pair I’m pretty sure had never been worn. If I found a single pair of shorts for even $15 anywhere else, I’d be ecstatic.

Also, let’s just talk about how thrifting is fun! I mean, maybe I’m alone in this opinion (pro tip: I’m not) but digging for treasures at a thrift store is a great way to spend a day. You never know what you’ll find; and I meant that. My great dig of this weekend was a guidebook from Walt Disney World, originally published in 1971. The year the park opened. To me, that was nothing less than buried gold.

Get social with us – IN THE INTERNETS!

Well, you’re here, reading the blog, so that’s a good sign. Did you know we don’t post everything here? The Journal is once a week, and has all the really meaty stuff, but for goings-on throughout the week, we love social media.

Facebook is a good way to remember to read this blog, and to read other interesting articles we think you might like. On Twitter, we’re available 24/7 to answer questions tweeted to us, and we’re always tweeting the play-by-play of what’s going on in the world of TSS. If you’re more visual, we love posting photos on Instagram, whether they be photos of us, our thrift store finds, our general insanity, or anything else we come up with.

If you’re on Facebook, we always ask that you invite friends to like the page who would be interested in what we’re doing, and if you’re on Twitter/Insta, follow us! We always follow back, and we try to keep the content interesting and unique.

When the time comes, donate.




Are you telling me [dramatic pause] that you are making a documentary about living cheap [another pause, slightly longer] and you need…


Yes, it’s a wee bit ironic, but as much as we’d like it to be different, everything costs money. In three weeks, we will be opening a capital campaign to raise $10,000 that will allow us to make this film. I know that seems like a lot, but if we wish to make this film a reality, and for it to have as wide a range as possible, that’s the cheapest we can make it happen.

We’re not asking for donations. We’re asking for people to partner with us, offering what ever they can give (from $1 on), to help make Thrift Store Symphony a reality, and spread the message of junk and beauty as far as it can go. Plus, being a crowdsourcing campaign through Kickstarter.com, you’ll be rewarded for every dollar you donate; we promise that.

TSS is a non-profit doc, meaning that as soon as the money we put in out of pocket goes back in, we won’t take another cent that the film might generate. Every ounce of profit from now until the end of time (Lord help me, I hope I don’t eat these words) will go back to the thrift stores we visit, and the ministries or organizations that back them. I don’t need money from this; I only need to happen. I made a promise, and a promise I will keep.

Join our street promo team.

If you love promotion, and want to get your hands on some posters/stickers/maybe more to put up and help get the word out, let us know, and we’ll point you in the right direction of our Street Team Overlord.

Bonus points if you happen to live in a mythical, far-off land such as Iowa.

Keep fighting.

We’re all fighting for something. Whatever it is, we want you to keep fighting, and find the light at the end.

This week’s Weekly Inspiration is a little all over the place, everything from classic soul to children’s TV theme songs, but whatevs. Phineas and Ferb is the best, so just deal with it. I want to point out that we’re featuring a track by a Birmingham band, Velouria, this week. They’re a really fantastic group, and good friends, so please check them out!

Weekly Inspiration

“Today Is Gonna Be A Great Day” – Bowling For Soup
“Somebody New” – Joywave
“Twin Sister” – Velouria
“When A Man Loves A Woman” – Percy Sledge
“Cold Cold Man” – Saint Motel

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