Second-hand clothes have been a prevalent fashion choice for several history makers, including Neil Armstrong, who wore his aunt's hand-me-down spacesuit for the inaugural moonwalk. Pick up used moonwear and other recycled goodies with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $15 worth of clothing, furniture, and more at Neighborhood Thrift on East Olive Avenue or East Shields Avenue.
Neighborhood Thrift celebrates the modestly priced joy of second-hand goods by offering used and discounted wares, some with tag prices that have been so repeatedly slashed that only a shred of the physical tag remains. Clothing wearers can peruse Neighborhood Thrift's more than 20,000 articles of clothing in pursuit of the shirts (usually ranging from $0.99–$4.99), pants (usually $1.99–$5.99), and accessories (usually $0.99–$5.99) that suit their pressing needs, whereas parents and pro-active children can visit the kids' department for bite-sized textiles (usually $0.49–$1.99). Peruse the appliance section for coffee makers or microwaves, or find a table (furniture items range from $14.99 to $149.99) that's as sturdy as Atlas's spine for your Greek-mythology-themed tearoom. After browsing the store, thrifty shop-droppers can rest their weary toes in the store's community café, where they can catch a wave of free WiFi while sipping on complimentary coffee.
Neighborhood Thrift assists low-income families by employing community members and training them in math, computers, and other valuable job skills. Neighborhood Thrift relies on donations to continue trucking toward its goal, so don’t hesitate to contribute money or deliver any goods, whether it’s a T-shirt from the '90s that no longer fits or a Ben Franklin–worn studded leather jacket that no longer seems valuable.
Neighborhood Thrift is closed on Sundays.
The Well Community Church opened the doors to Neighborhood Thrift in March 2008 with the aim of becoming a more permanent and sustainable positive influence in the community. Hoping to address the lingering issue of high unemployment in the area, Neighborhood Thrift not only finds second homes for discounted clothing and housewares but also runs a work program that helps give local citizens a stable job, in which they can earn experience, bolster their resumés, and give back to their community.
The airy, spacious retail center houses nearly 30,000 pieces of gently used clothing, as well as housewares ranging from appliances and decor to electronics and furniture. A newly opened café nestled in the store’s corner offers visitors coffee and free WiFi as they mingle with other members of the community and debate the number of creamers Plato would drink in his coffee.