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Women’s Club of White Plains – their pop-up sales are incredible! — November 27, 2022

Women’s Club of White Plains – their pop-up sales are incredible!

The Thrift Shop in White Plains had been in continuous operation since November 11, 1918.  It had been the oldest thrift shop in New York State, possibly in the country. The idea of a Thrift Exchange, as it was called, grew out of the national desire to reuse and recycle items to aid the war effort. The original Thrift Exchange was held in the Tod Market on the corner of Court Street and Martine Avenue. The building is still in existence. In 1923 the Thrift Shop moved to a barn behind the old Preudhomme residence on Church Street. It remained at that location for 50 years until finally moving to its final place in the White Plains Presbyterian Church on North Broadway. The Shop was a 501c3 entity jointly owned by the Woman’s Club of White Plains, the Scarsdale Woman’s Club, and the Hitchcock Presbyterian Church in Scarsdale, with proceeds donated to local charities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Thrift Shop of White Plains was forced to close its doors and was disbanded in 2022. The Woman’s Club of White Plains will continue the Thrift Shop of White Plains tradition and operate out of its clubhouse at 305 Ridgeway in White Plains.  Credit: https://www.womansclubofwhiteplains.org/about.html

The Woman’s Club of White Plains has pop-ups throughout the year and a regular shopping day on Tuesdays from 10 am until 12 pm.  Their next pop-up is on Saturday, December 3rd, from 9 am until 1 pm. The selections are all high quality and priced to sell. I cannot emphasize enough that these pop-ups are not to be missed. As for me, I have purchased some fantastic pieces that have become favorites in my wardrobe. Prices start at $4.00 (yes, $4.00) and upwards for the regular shop items, with high-end/boutique items more than reasonably priced. They also carry shoes, men’s and women’s winter clothing, and accessories. They have beautiful housewares and hosting serveware not to be missed. They will also be carrying high-end Christmas décor at the pop-up.  The pictures shown are from one of their most recent pop-ups.

The volunteers are incredible, friendly, and helpful. They arrange areas for you to try on clothes (a major plus) and are devoted to raising money to help people in need in White Plains. I recently spoke to Judy Korman, Chair of the Thrift Shop and Marking, and I commend her on the great work the Woman’s Club of White Plains is doing and ALL the local charities that benefit from the work of these incredible women. Some of the previous recipients of their philanthropy include the White Plains Library, the YWCA, victims of domestic violence, and so many others.

There are also some fantastic and fun events to promote the thrift shop.  They recently hosted a Sip & Swap where you can bring clothes and accessories to donate and take home donated items. They provide drinks and bites; if you are not a member, the great price is $10.00 for entry.  I missed the last one but planned on being at the next one.

NEXT POP-UP – Saturday, December 3rd

9 am until 1 pm

Woman’s Club of White Plains

305 Ridgeway

White Plains, New York 10605

(914) 948-0958

The New Canaan Thrift Shop is nothing short of amazing! — August 26, 2022

The New Canaan Thrift Shop is nothing short of amazing!

The New Canaan Thrift Shop is remarkable, impressive, and unique in many ways. It is not just impressive because I found one of my all-time favorite bargains ($65), a Pottery Barn bedspread for a fraction of the cost.  The quilt was something I had wanted for a while but was not willing to spend the $300 to buy it new. It was in excellent, nearly new condition, and I am thrilled with this purchase.  It is also remarkable because every time I go there, The New Canaan Thrift Shop has a wide variety of merchandise that is nothing short of amazing. I commend the volunteers on the eye-catching displays and the boutique feel of the shop.

They have three levels and carry men’s, women’s, shoes, teens, children’s, babies, and toddlers’ clothes.  They have an office section, a pet corner, luggage, linens, housewares and beautiful crystal, dinnerware, and serveware. Their clothes are reasonably priced for the names that you are getting. They carry Vineyard Vines, McLaughlin, Tory Burch, Coach, Ralph Lauren, and many other high-quality clothing brands, and their sales are great.

They have a fantastic selection of toys, games, puzzles, and children’s books.  Their unique sports section contains golf clubs, skis, snowboards, lacrosse sticks, tennis racquets, ice skates, and other sports equipment – all good quality for a fraction of what you would pay in a sporting goods store. 

What is impressive about the New Canaan Thrift Shop is that all the proceeds support the patient care Fund of Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County, a member of the Waveny Lifecare Network. As someone whose family used hospice when my mom was sick, I know how incredible, compassionate, and kind the hospice community is. I am in awe of the New Canaan Thrift Shop for supporting and helping their community with their proceeds. While at the thrift shop, I was happy to meet with Stella Clarke, the Executive Director of Community Engagement and Volunteering. Stella is an extraordinary woman devoted to the Waveny Care Network and its mission to help families at the most challenging time of their lives. I commend Stella, Ulrike (Store Manager), and all the dedicated volunteers I met.

The history of the New Canaan Thrift Shop is fascinating. While 2 Locust Ave is not its original location, the building they are in now has quite a history. It was constructed in 1840 by prohibitionist Joseph Scofield. He wanted to lease the building to the Young Men’s Total Abstinence Society. That did not work as planned, as the movement did not go very far. And in 1856, Scofield sold the building to Russell Hall, who sold coffins and furniture, and for years, it was known as “The Old Morgue,” as it is historically known in New Canaan. The building was sold, and fast forward to 1928 when the building was sold to the Veterans Club.  In 1930, The Visiting Nurse Association volunteer Thrift Shop was founded to raise funds to support the charitable mission by selling used clothing. So here we are almost a hundred years later, and they are still going strong and more vital than ever.

The New Canaan Thrift Shop is well worth a visit!

New Canaan Thrift Shop

2 Locust Ave.

New Canaan, CT 06840

(203) 966-2361

Monday to Friday       12 pm – 4 pm

Saturday                      9 am – 1 pm

Until next time, Happy Thrifting!!

August 17th is National Thrift Shop Day — August 16, 2022

August 17th is National Thrift Shop Day

August 17th is National Thrift Shop Day. We all know that I think it should be a national holiday. I love my thrift shopping – both shopping and writing about it. Why do people love thrift shopping? Why do I love thrift shopping? The thrill of the hunt is looking for that great find. The chance to create your style and make a fashion statement. The ability to save money by not shopping in expensive department stores. Secondhand and vintage clothes are better quality than today’s fast fashion. Even thrift stores have sales. Help your community by supporting local thrift shops that use their proceeds to help people in their communities. It gives you a chance to keep updating your wardrobe at reasonable prices. If you dislike a purchase, you can donate it right back.

Most importantly, by thrift shopping, you are saving the planet and keeping clothes out of landfills. These are just some of the reasons why we all love thrift shopping. I have been thrift shopping for over forty years, and it brings me great joy and is my passion. There is no better way to enjoy a few hours than by going to a thrift shop and just looking through all the racks hoping to find those unique pieces that I will buy and love for years to come.

Happy National Thrift Shop Day!!

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Until next time, Happy Thrifting!

The IFCA Thrift Shop in Ossining is delightful! — August 2, 2022

The IFCA Thrift Shop in Ossining is delightful!

The IFCA (Interfaith Council for Action) Thrift Shop in Ossining was a delightful surprise. They had a good selection, and the pricing was outstanding. $3.00 tee shirts and $4.00 for shirts/blouses, $5.00 for jeans and pants, $5.00 for handbags, $5 to $10 for jackets, $8 to $15 for dresses, baby, and children’s clothes, $1.50 to $3.00, shoes $2.50 and up. Household items can be found for anywhere between $1 to $35. The clothes and housewares were in excellent condition, and the selection was sizeable.  I was impressed with the children’s section as they had a good selection and affordable pricing—the same for the jewelry, accessories, and linens.

The first IFCA thrift store opened approximately eight years ago on Spring Street in Ossining. The Thrift Shop moved to a larger space earlier this year at 95 Croton Avenue and is doing well. The store was busy while I was there. I spoke to Amy, the manager, and she said that there is a high turnover of merchandise, and I could see from the donations and sales that this is true. The store layout is open and easy to navigate, and the displays are appealing. They have an all-volunteer staff and are always looking for new volunteers to help with the shop and sorting donations.

 Proceeds from the Thrift Shop fund IFCA’s community programs. IFCA was established in 1968 and provides a range of affordable housing development, property management, and supportive services to low and moderate-income people. IFCA owns and manages affordable apartments in Ossining and Tarrytown, NY. It is also a pioneer in developing transitional housing for the homeless, currently maintaining 16 units through Westchester County’s Emergency Housing Apartment Program (EHAP). Additionally, IFCA has adopted innovative community service programs to help hundreds of people beyond its tenant base, including financial literacy programs and job training. What better reasons do you need than to shop and help Ossining and the local communities? Bravo IFCA.

Amy and the amazing IFCA volunteers

IFCA Thrift Shop

95 Croton Avenue
Ossining, NY 10562
Across the street from CTown

(914) 236-3000

thriftstore@ifcany.org

Store Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 11 am to 4 pm.

Until next time, Happy Thrifting!


					
Bring ‘n Buy – Great shopping and consigning made easy! — July 8, 2022

Bring ‘n Buy – Great shopping and consigning made easy!

I spent a fun morning at Bring ‘n Buy. I went through each rack and had a blast doing it—incredible selections at very reasonable prices for such high-quality clothing. Every single piece of clothing was in pristine condition. All the high-end names everyone loves and wants right now are in the store plus the traditional brands as well. They carry everything from fast fashion to the classic pieces that every wardrobe needs. Her accessory collection is amazing and her handbag selection is one of the best that I have seen. Great shoe selection too.

The pictures will give you an idea of how well-stocked the store is. Check out the @bringnbuy Instagram page for a closer look at some of the great inventory in stock.

Bring ‘n Buy has been in business for 48 years. Tina Hassenstein, the owner, has been there for 29 years; before that was her mom. You can tell that Tina is well-loved by the community by the number of people that come in, some just stopping by to say hello. Tina loves what she does and would not want to do anything else. She is friends with many customers and loves seeing them outside the store.  The outpouring of love that the customers showed Tina after her mom passed away stays with Tina every day. 

I asked Tina about business during the pandemic, and she said that she was able to do personal shopping, delivery, and pick-up for her customers. Since the pandemic, Bring ‘n Buy has had many new customers as former New York City residents relocated to Ridgefield and surrounding areas. The store is busier than ever. According to Tina, the hottest item during the pandemic and now is designer bags and the demand does not seem to be waning.

Tina gives back to the community by donating all unsold items at the end of August to local charities.  Well done, Tina!

Bring ‘n Buy also has personal shopping and closet clean-outs available. Call for information regarding consignment.

I highly recommend Bring ‘n Buy, it really is one of Connecticut’s best.

​Bring ‘n Buy
590 Danbury Road
Ridgefield, CT 06877
203-438-7714
Sunday | 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Monday | Closed
Tuesday thru Saturday | 10:00am – 5:00pm

**Check social media for weather closings closings

Katonah Thrift Shop is always a good choice when thrift shopping in Westchester! — June 26, 2022

Katonah Thrift Shop is always a good choice when thrift shopping in Westchester!

The Katonah Thrift Shop is an excellent Westchester thrift shop circuit stop. They have a good selection of clothes, and the inventory is continually updated. I have a blast walking around and looking at the other items—fabric, light fixtures, antiques, and much more. I bought a gorgeous silver picture frame there the last visit for the meager price of $2.00. It was in perfect condition and went with my décor well. I enjoy looking through the housewares, and I have previously purchased some unique serving pieces that I love.

I spent my visit poring through the racks for this blog. Their selection of clothing is good and the prices reasonable. Both men’s and women’s and all sizes. The women’s section is more extensive and has a nice selection of formal and informal dresses.  Their accessory section has various bags, scarves, belts, etc.  The displays are well done. I am always pleasantly surprised to find some vintage clothing, among many other treasures. 

Women’s Dresses

The Katonah Women’s Civic Club runs the Katonah Thrift Shop. The thrift shop is in the basement of the beautiful historic Memorial House on Bedford Road. Currently, the thrift store is managed by Joan Kachmarik, Ursula Martin, and Bobbi Stanton and is fully staffed by members of the Civic Club. All proceeds from the thrift shop go to the Katonah Women’s Civic Club, established in 1918, and are distributed to numerous community organizations – too many to mention. While there, they had so many donation drop-offs that I could not get all the volunteers together for a photo.

I spoke to Bobbi Stanton (pictured), one of the managers, and she told me that she loves when the oldies are playing and sees people dancing and bopping in the store – Bobbi said it makes her happy and the shopping more fun for customers. She said that all the members love working there, and the thrift shop has a very loyal following with many returning customers.

Bobbi Stanton

Well worth a stop and highly rated, the Katonah thrift Shop is worth a visit if you haven’t been and a return visit if you have.  You can follow KTS on Facebook.

The Katonah Thrift Shop

71 Bedford Road (next to the Firehouse)

Katonah, NY 10536

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 am until 2 pm

Until next time, Happy Thrifting!!

Hilltop Thrift Shop in Dobbs Ferry – Always a great experience! — June 12, 2022

Hilltop Thrift Shop in Dobbs Ferry – Always a great experience!

One of the best things about the Hilltop Thrift Shop at the Zion Episcopal Church in Dobbs Ferry is their “fill a bag” sale. You can fill a paper shopping bag provided to you for $6.00. I went to one about a month or two ago and was able to pick up some great pieces. A pair of jeans, tee shirts, a pair of pajamas, and some other staples for my wardrobe. I fit them all in one bag for $6.00.  I went home very happy!

I always enjoy reading any book by Michael Connelly (Lincoln Lawyer and Bosch series), so I am constantly scouring their book section for one of his books. I have been lucky so far and have found three. I am a big fan of their housewares section. I had been looking for a three-quart saucepan and found one in excellent condition for $5.00, significantly cheaper than I would pay in any department store, and a quality saucepan. I find that Hilltop’s prices for housewares are below the average thrift shop, so I am always on the lookout for kitchen items I may or may not need 🙂

They have a good men’s section, and the women’s section has an ever-changing inventory. They have a boutique section in the front with high-end items; everything is always reasonably priced and has a wide selection. The children’s clothes seem to fly out of the shop. Whenever I check out the kids’ clothes, they are always high quality and in excellent condition.

Like most others I visit, the Hilltop Thrift Shop uses the funds from the shop to help the church and many others in their community. Hilltop helps the Children’s Village, Paws Crossed, West Harlem Thrift, Women’s Shelter for Domestic Abuse, Saving Sight, and the Midnight Run, just to name a few. Funds from the shop are also being used for the upkeep of the church and towards the fund for the repair of the plexiglass windows.

I must also mention that it is always a pleasure stopping by and talking to Tory, Gabriel, and everyone at the shop. They are all warm and welcoming and very appreciative of your support of Hilltop.

Gabriel and Tory

Hilltop Thrift Shop at Zion Episcopal Church

55 Cedar St,

Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

Thursday and Friday from 10 am until 1 pm

Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm

https://signup.com/go/nRxWERV is the link for appointments for the Hilltop Thrift Shop.

THIS IS NOTED ON THE HILLTOP RESERVATION WEBSITE:
Three shoppers can register per session on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (Saturdays open an extra hour until 2 pm) — 50 years and going strong! Free parking. Cash and checks only. Unfortunately, children under 12 cannot enter the store. Donations are welcome without an appointment (but to shop, too, make an appointment).

TO MAKE APPOINTMENTS, PLEASE NOTE:

1) Tell us the first and last name of each shopper you register – otherwise, your appointments will be canceled.

2) Tell us your phone number, which will not be publicly shared.

3) No-shows are a genuine disservice to other customers, so please cancel as soon as your plans change.

Until next time, HAPPY THRIFTING!!!!

Please check out this segment that I am featured in from Lynda Baquero and NBC4 on Looking Into the Growing Popularity of Thrift Stores. — May 31, 2022

Please check out this segment that I am featured in from Lynda Baquero and NBC4 on Looking Into the Growing Popularity of Thrift Stores.

Lynda Baquero explains why and how you can still find hidden treasures while thrift shopping

As seen on NBC4 New York

Thank you to St Bart’s Thrift Shop for opening their doors for me and for their support.

St. Bart’s Thrift Shop

92 Prospect St

White Plains, NY 10606

Thursday from 3pm until 6pm

Saturdays from 9am until 1pm

HAPPY THRIFTING!!!!

The Thrifty Hog – High-End Thrifting at its Best and All for a Great Cause! — April 22, 2022

The Thrifty Hog – High-End Thrifting at its Best and All for a Great Cause!

When you walk into the Thrifty Hog, you feel like you are in an upscale boutique. The impeccable displays, the friendly staff, and the unique selections all make the shop dazzling. This shop is well-curated to give you the ultimate shopping experience.  Make no mistake; this is not your average thrift store. With donations from high-profile models, designers, fashion influencers, and beauty experts, to name a few, there is no shortage of fabulous on any given day. But what makes the Thrifty Hog extraordinary is that The Thrifty Hog’s net proceeds directly fund programs that help homeless mothers and their children.

The Founder & CEO of the Thrifty Hog is Deborah Koenigsberger. She is also the Founder & CEO of the nonprofit charity Hearts of Gold.  Hearts of Gold’s mission and its purpose is reimagining the future of homeless mothers and their children.  Their programs work with these moms to become confident and self-sufficient as they prepare to transition from New York City shelter system into permanent homes. The Thrifty Hog’s (an acronym for Hearts of Gold) net proceeds directly fund Hearts of Gold’s programs and services. Deborah’s efforts on behalf of Hearts of Gold have been featured on NY1, CBS New York, and Fox News, to name a few. Here is a link that will give you an in-depth look at Deborah and Hearts of Gold. https://www.heartsofgold.org/whatwedo

The pictures do not do the Thrifty Hog justice; only a visit there will. The selections are unique and unlike any other thrift/consignment store that you go to. You will pay more for designer duds, but you are getting the designers we all crave at a significant discount on original pricing. And there is plenty of affordable merchandise for sale throughout the store, especially in the accessories section. The inventory has a high turnover rate because the shop is trendy and in a high foot traffic area. Please do yourself a favor and make it a point to go to the Thrifty Hog. Well worth a trip or two or three.

The Thrifty Hog

11 West 25th Street NY, NY  |  (212) 206-1174  |  info@heartsofgold.org

Store Hours

MONDAY & TUESDAY
Closed

WEDS, THURS, FRI

10:30AM – 6:3OPM

SATURDAY

11:00AM–6:00PM

SUNDAY

11:00AM–5:00PM

Until next time, Happy Thrifting!!

Some Thrift Shops That Have Temporarily Closed or Closed Permanently. — March 4, 2022

Some Thrift Shops That Have Temporarily Closed or Closed Permanently.

Whether the pandemic or other unforeseen circumstances, these great thrift shops have had to temporarily close or close permanently. This list contains some truly amazing thrift shops. I wish all their staff an abundance of gratitude for their work and good wishes for the future. I appreciate all the hard work and dedication of all thrift shops. Especially the charity shops which survive solely on the goodness and time of their volunteers.

It is not an easy business but thankfully, becoming more and more popular as time goes on.

Let’s all go out this weekend and support our favorite thrift shops in honor of these amazing shops that have brought us great joy not to mention some amazing finds.

And here is the list:

Westchester County:

St Thomas Church Thrift Shop in Mamaroneck has temporarily closed.

Goodwill in New Rochelle in Westchester County has permanently closed.

New Rochelle Humane Society Thrift Shop has permanently closed.

Finders Keepers Thrift Shop in Mahopac is permanently closed.

The Thrift Shop in White Plains is temporarily closed.

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop in Chappaqua is now Fantastic Finds.

New York City:

Angel Street Thrift Shop in Chelsea has permanently closed.

The Society Boutique on Third Ave. permanently closed.

Connecticut:

Village Vogue Boutique in Milford has permanently closed.

If you know of any others, please email me at tonionthrifting@gmail.com and I will update this list.

I will be posting some great upcoming Spring sales in the coming weeks. Please stay tuned….

Until next time, HAPPY THRIFTING

xoxo

TonionThrifting

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