Getting thrifty in New York

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Could it be America has the largest supply of second hand clothing in our consumer driven world?  Possibly so, and the quantity of which can surely be found in the core; the mighty Big Apple; New York, New York.

New York Magazine, a weekly magazine concerned with the life, culture, politics, and style of New York City, has a dedicated shopping section, which can be viewed online here , worth a visit if you find yourself States-side. Not just dedicated to clothes shopping, but also reports on home design, perfumes, accessories and much more. A useful sales and bargains calendar tells of sample, closing, and end of season sales, along with promotions worth checking out.

In addition to shopping reviews, fashion editors write about current trends in the city. One of the Spring 2010 trends appears to be a rough edge Military Army/Navy look, as seen in Christopher Decarnin's creation below:



On the same site, a small article dedicated to NYC’s vintage fashion stores can be found here

Away from sample sales and vintage, let’s not forget our American counterpart’s nifty thrifty stores. I have been hunting down (virtually) the ‘best’ thrift stores in New York, and here are a few that have been reviewed:

Angel Street Thrift Shop
118 W. 17th Street New York, NY 10011 & 67 Guernsey Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

At Angel Street Thrift Shop, McKeon, a soft-spoken man who did his "display" training at Bonwit Teller, has turned the merchandising of used clothes, furniture, and odd domestic artifacts into a small art form

Housing Works
10 locations: Brooklyn, Chelsea, Gramercy, Upper West, Upper East, West Village, Yorkville, Tribeca, Soho, Hells Kitchen. Addresses to be found on their Website

The Housing Works Thrift Shops occupy ten upscale locations in New York City, selling high-end vintage treasures to bargain hunters and fashionistas alike. The Thrift Shops not only provide more than $12 million in funding per year (to their cause addressing the needs of people living with AIDS), but also ensure a supply of clothing and essentials for our clients.

Goodwill Thrift Shop
217 West 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-6243

* Some reviews read prices are reasonable, and others that prices are outrageous, so I guess its see for yourself if you’re in town! 


Stuyvesant Square Thrift Shop
1704 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

Domseys Warehouse Outlet
431 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn

“Domseys Warehouse, a 35,000-square-foot behemoth, understands that vintage means something different for clothes than for wine. Somewhere in the sea of 350,000 garments there is a slick blue Starsky and Hutch leather jacket or a shimmering green blazer. The multilingual staff is especially friendly (which is more than can be said for some of the Manhattan shops) and will happily lead the savvy shopper on the spree of his or her dreams.”

Buffalo Exchange
504 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
“You’ll definitely find something you never knew, you couldn’t live without” (Brilliant!)


Two thumbs up to you New York for your fashion recycling efforts.




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