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A Crash Course to Thrift Shopping in New York City

posted by Kendra Lehner

Let’s face it…all of us have limited budgets. Although we wish we could spend our monthly metro allowance on the newest pair of knee-high boots, sometimes our wardrobe suffers at the expense of the city life. Luckily, I discovered the magic of the thrift store network within New York’s hidden streets and sectors.The following is a list of my favorite thrift tips and tricks.

  1. Do a little bit of good.

HousingWorksExterior.jpgCombine your love of shopping with a charity! New York has a chain of thrift stores called Housing Works that benefits folks with AIDs and homelessness. Not only do these thrift stores offer an excellent mix of designer and trendy apparel, but they also have a bookstore and café at their flagship location if you are itching for a snack break with some discounted books. The organization also has an excellent sorting facility out in Brooklyn that lets you have all the apparel you can fit in a large paper bag for just $25. The best part about this organization is that 100% of the profits are given to charity. If that’s not an excuse to go shopping, I don’t know what is.

  1. Consignment stores give you access to designer goods at huge discounts.

WhatGoesAroundComesAround.jpgDesigner consignment stores such as What Comes Around Goes Around and 2nd Time Around offer good as new high-end designers such as Burberry or Chanel for a fraction of the price. They do have more affordable options as well.

For instance, 2nd Time Around hosts a sale at the end of each season with many designer items up to 70% off!  If you’re still not satisfied, Buffalo Exchange is always a go to. Mainly focused on millennial clothing, this secondhand store has trendy brands in excellent condition and resells them for a much lower price.

  1. Still Need Convincing?

Water_Jeans.jpgAs you may be aware, fast fashion has a tremendous impact on our planet. It takes 1,800 gallons of water just to produce one pair of jeans! In addition to saving money and cultivating a unique one of a kind wardrobe, thrift shopping also greatly reduces the amount of waste the fashion industry produces.

Thrifting does not only save you a ton of lunch money, but it can also benefit charities and the environment. Try it this week! You might be surprised at some of the deals you can find on extremely stylish pieces.



Topics: fashion industry, fashion trends