If the mere mention of a thrift shop brings to mind dusty, windowless shops packed with an overwhelming assortment of parachute pants and go-go boots, it’s time to reconsider. New York City is home to a staggering array of thrift shops, ranging from intimate vintage boutiques to massive warehouses with antique and gently used furniture. For people who are a bit wary of the whole “someone else wore this before me” exchange, there are even thrift shops that exclusively sell items that have never been used.
These stores are great places to score rare items and designer clothing at steep discounts, and to give back or earn a little money yourself. Shops like Housing Works donate proceeds to help the community’s homeless living with AIDS and HIV, while others like Beacon’s Closet, give cash back or store credit in exchange for your gently used garments.