Used clothing has myriad advantages over new wares: it costs less, helps the environment, and sometimes imbues wearers with the previous owner’s superpowers. Power up with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of clothing, furniture, and accessories at Housing Works Thrift Shops. This Groupon is valid at 10 locations in Manhattan and two in Brooklyn.
Housing Works Thrift Shops stock a plethora of fashionable new and used items, with proceeds providing New York's HIV/AIDS-afflicted homeless and low-income residents with countless life-saving services. Shoppers can pack sacks with donated designer styles, gently used vintage garb, jewelry, housewares, and an infinite amount of airy emperor clothes. Peruse shelves full of handbags and jewelry, women’s and men’s clothing, furniture, and even books—the list of titles recently up for auction included a book about Chicago, autographed by its mayor to Ron Howard. Although the inventory changes on a regular basis, clothing typically ranges anywhere from $10 to $200, and home goods and furniture can range between $10 and $2,000.
Housing Works provides advocacy, job training, healthcare and housing support for low-income and homeless people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Housing Works Thrift Shops and Buy the Bag help fund this effort by selling new and used donated goods. Shoppers can explore shelves upon shelves of donated items in search of a new designer shirt, a vintage necklace, or a set of hand-painted bowls.