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Thrift Shops 1 – Free condoms!

Many New Yorkers love to shop, it goes without saying. The thrifty ones, who appreciate good value, rarely pass a chance to check out a thrift store. It’s best when the stores are clumped together because then you can get the hunt out of your system more efficiently—at least I can.

I know where there are three good ones clumped, sort of. Housing Works has been written about elsewhere (check out the article) and it is good but it is also known to be the most expensive. They are in the business of supporting HIV research and one of their best bargains is free—condoms!! Stores have a basket of condoms near the cash register, so there’s that. Housing Works has stores all over Manhattan and in my neighbourhood there is one on Columbus Avenue between 74th and 75th.

Next, consider Goodwill at 157 West 72nd, between Broadway and Columbus. About 21/2 blocks from Housing Works. The men’s section often has dress shirts—with brands like Brooks Brothers—and suits at ridiculously low prices. There is another Goodwill at 217 West 79th between Amsterdam and Broadway. That stock can run hot and cold but therein lies the benefit of batch shopping. When one store is light on inventory, another might be heavy. I hardly ever hit up just one, and usually make the circuit of all three.

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306 Columbus Ave, New York

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Opening Times

Tue - Fri 10:00 - 19:00, Sat 10:00 - 18:00, Sun 11:00 - 19:00


Brooks Brothers: US$ 12


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