Whenever I travel, I love going to local thrift stores because it’s the essence of what each city has to offer. In every country I’ve traveled to, I fill my suitcase with teapots, clothes, tchotchkes and other local items. What’s the use of going to a store that mass-produces their items when I’ll just eventually run into someone with the same dress?
Housing Works should be one of those places that visitors should stop at to pick up items that will forever remind them of their visit to New York City, or gifts for those back home. With multiple locations all up and down Manhattan, Housing Works is a thrift that shop that offers everything from clothes and jewelry to furniture and books.
However, it’s not your grandmother’s thrift store, but rather a trendy second hand shop where locals donate some pretty pricey items, such as modern couches, Prada jeans and fine china. Yet, all the items become surprisingly affordable once Housing Works tags their prices. When I buy an item for possibly hundreds of dollars less than what the original owner bought for it, I start to feel a lot better about my shopping habits.
The best thing about Housing Works, proceeds go towards programs and services for people living with HIV and AIDS. It doesn’t just stop at thrift stores! Housing Works also owns a gorgeous bookstore cafe in SoHo that frequently hosts public events.