This post is part of a series called Thrift Review Friday, where an awesome thrift or consignment store is put in the spotlight for a day!
Happy Thrift Review Friday! Today’s superstar is Housing Works, a do-good thrift store located in SoHo on 130 Crosby Street. (This one is my favorite of their locations because it’s located next to their book store!)
Besides the eccentric collection of vintage and contemporary clothing, shoes and household hoods, Housing Works is particularly cool because of its dedication to fighting AIDS and homelessness.
Why do I love it?
1. It depends on volunteers to run it, so it’s a store operated by the people for the people! The salespeople I interacted with were all young, energetic and friendly.
2. There’s a constant rotation of events, including discounts and one where they turn the store into an art gallery for the day. (And at the bookstore, famous authors often do signings – David Sedaris was a guest a few weeks ago!)
3. If you don’t live near the city, they also do online auctions, where you can bid on brands like Gucci, Prada and 3.1 Phillip Lim while helping charity.
4. In store, I spotted shoes from brands like Miu Miu and French Connection for under $20 a pair.
I’ll leave you with the Housing Works mission statement:
“Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Our mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts.”
Can’t argue with that!
130 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012
Mon-Sat: 11 AM-7 PM, Sun: 11AM-5 PM