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.
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.
IFCA Thrift Shop
95 Croton Avenue Ossining, NY 10562 Across the street from CTown
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
I thought it would be nice to see where our West Coast thrifters are shopping. Thanks to Zach at Thrift Store Communications of Beacon House Thrift Shop, we can visit Beacon House Thrift Shop in San Pedro, California.
Beacon House Thrift Shop is a social enterprise program of the Beacon House Association of San Pedro, a state-certified, residential substance abuse recovery program for men and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Residents of the Beacon House are provided with food, shelter, counseling, peer group support, educational opportunities, and career training through our social enterprise programs, including working at the Beacon House Thrift Shop. This allows the men to develop the life, career, and social skills they need to build a foundation in recovery while preparing them for a vital reintegration into the job market and a bright future when they return to their family, home, and community.
Beacon House Thrift Store pricing is quite competitive with their East Coast counterparts. Jeans range from $7.99 to $19.99, and tops range from $4.99 to $14.99. Dresses are priced from $7.99 to $19.99 and suits from $9.99 – $24.99.
Depending on the quality and brand, the prices may be higher on a specific item. Red tags are considered higher quality items and tend to be the best bang for your buck. They have weekly color sales. For example, yellow 25%, blue 50%, and green 75%, while orange is full price. On Sundays, this rotates.
There are sales every weekend where when you buy a minimum of $50, you get 25% off your entire transaction. This is on top of all the color sales. That is pretty amazing and well worth visiting if you are in the area.
Beacon House Thrift carries a wide variety of electronics, household, hardware, tools, sports equipment, and memorabilia.
One of my favorite passions is thrifting as you all know. Here are some thrift shops I have come across recently. I will write in-depth about them soon but I just have to share these gems with you.
Please call first as some thrift shops change their hours or close during the holidays.
Deer Hill Thrift Shop in Danbury. It is part of the First Congregational Church of Danbury. Located at 164 Deer Hill Ave. What a great surprise. Maybe I was just lucky the day I shopped. I scored Calvin Klein kitten heels on sale for $5.00. A Talbot’s sweater for $8.00 and Chico’s cargo pants for $4.00. I have a feeling that this one stays well stocked. They are open Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The phone number is (203) 792-3110.
The Hillside Thrift Shop is located at Zion Episcopal Church, at 55 Cedar Street, Dobbs Ferry NY, right before the intersection with Main Street. Just go up the driveway, where you’ll find ample parking, and go through the little red door with the thrift-shop sign. Open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 12:00 to 4:00 and accept donations on Mondays from 10:00 to 12:00. The phone number is (914) 693-9320.
St. Bartholomew’s Thrift Shop reopened and just as great as ever. Lots of Eileen Fisher merchandise too. They are located at 82 Prospect Ave., White Plains, NY 10607. Open Saturdays 9-1 and Thursdays 3 pm – 6pm. The phone number is (914) 949-5611.
Ridgefield Thrift Shop. (Please read my blog about the RTS) Top rated. Top merchandise. Unbelievable prices. They are located at 21 Governor St, Ridgefield, CT 06877. They are open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 12pm – 4pm. The phone number is (203) 438-3328.
All of these thrift shops help those in need and are a great reason to shop at one, two, or all.
Thrilled to be back to thrifting and lots more to come. Please send any thrift shops suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear what your favorite places are.
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.
When you shop The Ridgefield Thrift Shop, My Sister’s Place, Salvation Army, Habitat For Humanity, Cauz For Pawz, Housing Works, and countless others, you are supporting PHENOMENAL causes and helping change countless lives.
In honor of National Thrift Shop day, here are some quick tips for thrift shopping:
Be friendly and ask the staff when the most new merchandise is put out.
Be kind when thrift shopping, most of the people who work at charitable thrift shops are volunteers and they have already spent hours filling the racks. If you are putting items back, put them back on the right rack.
Know your labels and brands – know what to invest in for your basic wardrobe pieces and what to buy for fun.
Don’t buy something just because it is your favorite brand, make sure you love the piece and will wear it.
Remember if you buy an item and it needs alterations, the alterations can cost two to three times what you paid. Choose wisely when buying a piece that needs to be altered.
The smaller thrift shops sometimes have the best buys.
Sign up for for your favorite thrift shop’s email list so you know when the sales are.
ENJOY the hunt and know that you may not always find something. Just keep going back when you find a thrift shop you love.
Merchandise is also very geographical so go out of your own area and you will be surprised at how different (in a good way) the merchandise is.
I hope you find these tips helpful.
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