Like I’ve said before, I love thrift stores. I honestly get a rush when I step into one. You never know what amazing things you’ll find. It’s like an easter egg hunt for adults, but there’s no chocolate, hence no guilty conscience.
This weekend Adam and I tried to get a head start on our Halloween costume shopping. I hate having to scramble for something on October 30th. So, this year I’m trying to be ahead of the game.
We have an amazing costume idea (which will be unveiled post Halloween), so we set forth with a very clear idea of what we wanted. Now, this is usually a bad thing when thrifting. In general I think you need to go into a store with an open mind, and just see what happens. See what the thrift gods bestow upon you. But, as luck would have it, we ended up finding most everything we needed and then some. Of course, being the thrifter I am, I ended up purchasing some non-Halloween related items.. how could I resist.
One of the downsides of living in New York City is that thrift/vintage stores can get pretty pricey. Also, since there are so many people who are into thrifted/vintage items, it’s hard to snag amazing things. If you live in NY or are visiting, I would recommend checking out, Thrift Store Confidential. It is a great resource for thrifting and finding thrift stores in NY. Check out her 30X30, where she goes to and reviews 30 thrift stores in 30 days. It’s a great tool.
In all we checked out 4 stores:
1. Goodwill in Downtown Brooklyn: This is a gem of a place. Organized really well and not crowded. The home section is big and awesome. If it wasn’t the first stop on our journey, I would have purchased an entire dining room set…. seriously.
2. Goodwill in Gramercy: There are a row of thrift stores all along 23rd street; it’s a great street to check out for optimal thrifting. This goodwill was small but had a lot of higher end items (due to the area). I preferred the one in Brooklyn because there was a lot more vintage, but if you’re looking for name brands, this is the place for you.
3. Cauz for Pawz in Gramercy: This is a tiny store with really friendly staff. We didn’t have much time to look at stuff, but I spotted a wedding dress and some really nice houseware stuff.
4. City Opera Thrift Store: This is a store that I’ve been wanting to go to for a long time. It’s a little bit more pricey, but nothing crazy. The items there are really good quality, in good condition, and generally you can find some expensive name brands. It’s organized really well (all by colour). I left with a beautiful red flowered summer dress. Can’t wait to wear it….. next year.. sigh.
Happy Thrifting, y’all!