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, accessories, furniture, and more at Housing Works thrift shops, with nine locations in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn, plus two more opening in Park Slope and West End within the next month.
Housing Works thrift shops stock a plethora of fashionable new and used items, including housewares, jewelry, clothing, and accessories, using proceeds to provide lifesaving services for homeless and low-income people living with HIV/AIDS. Drop into one of 10 locations in highly trafficked neighborhoods of Manhattan and Brooklyn, such as Chelsea, TriBeCa, Brooklyn Heights, and Queen Frostine’s Gumdrop Mountain. Peruse shelves full of high-end threads, such as a Steven Alan shirtdress ($25) or a men’s Ben Sherman shirt ($30).
Unlike thrift shops with tragically narrow product ranges, such as the Novels by Robert Fulghum store, Housing Works carries luxury furniture, artwork, and home décor. Boost couture collections and the community at Housing Works, never again resorting to wearing a duct-tape dress to a job interview.
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.