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City Opera Thrift Shop Revisited — November 12, 2015

City Opera Thrift Shop Revisited

I just had to revisit City Opera Thrift Shop because I keep hearing so many great things about them. This place is a New York staple and has been in business thirty-five years. Featured in Vogue as “the highest quality thrift shop in New York,” the City Opera Thrift Shop is the city’s only charity SHOP supporting the arts.  Browsing through City Opera is just a great experience and they have some truly amazing merchandise in this store. If you have a black tie event, this should be your first stop. The clothing, especially the evening wear is absolutely unique and spectacular. I have seen dozens of skirts, blazers and tons of little black dresses, one better than the other and all REASONABLY PRICED. And this shop just gets better with age!! The clothing is top notch and in great condition too so you can’t ask for more than that. They have a great shoe selection as well.

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The front of the store does hold some very special treasures in the form of bags and costume jewelry. You must check this out. All I can say is WOW! Although, I bet the turnover is pretty quick in this boutique.

Don’t Forget the beautiful upstairs – they have some pretty incredible home décor as well as a massive book section. There is also furniture and art work.

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This is probably one of the very best thrift shops that the city has to offer. It makes all the lists every year. I highly recommend that you visit City Opera, you will not be disappointed.

CITY OPERA Thrift Shop,
222 E 23rd St,
New York, NY, 10010
212.684.5344

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY 10-7
THURSDAY 10-8
FRIDAY 10-7
SATURDAY 10-6
SUNDAY 11-6

Until next time, HAPPY SHOPPING!!!!

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop in Chappaqua — November 4, 2015

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop in Chappaqua

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Who doesn’t love to entertain? With the holidays just around the corner, you may want to stop by the Discovery Shop in Chappaqua. This is an upscale thrift “boutique” that donates 100% of its proceeds to the American Cancer Society. It carries everything from fine china, crystal, art, furniture, bric-a-brac, and so much more. They also carry new and very gently used men’s and women’s clothing. All items in this shop are in pristine condition. Not to mention that this is the only American Cancer Society Discovery Shop in all of New York State (California has 40 Discovery Shops). That is why I HIGHLY recommend visiting this store, I promise you will not regret it. 🙂 🙂

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It is obviously in an affluent area so the merchandise is top notch and the prices are a little high to reflect that 🙂 —- BUT you are getting exceptional merchandise. It seems that the Discovery Shop is the recipient of some truly amazing donations. You could see this from going through the clothing racks, it is amazing. Everything is incredibly clean too. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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I thought they had some rather fine art work as well. So many timeless art pieces hang on the wall. There were some great posters too. Toys and small appliances are listed on the website but I was so excited doing my thing that I might have walked right past these items.  😦

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I will also tell you that this shop is all run by volunteers. They are one nicer than the other and so sweet and helpful. They care about their mission and it shows in their work. Visiting the Discovery Shop is well worth the effort and a must see.

Chappaqua Discovery Shop
400 King St
Chappaqua, NY
914-238-4900
Monday through Saturday 10 am to 4:30 pm

Until next time, HAPPY SHOPPING!!

Women’s Guild White House Thrift Shop at St. Gregory’s in White Plains — October 22, 2015

Women’s Guild White House Thrift Shop at St. Gregory’s in White Plains

I love the thrift shop at St. Gregory the Enlightener Armenian Church. It is run by The Women’s Guild of the church. They have the most beautiful china and serving pieces you can imagine plus so many other lovely items. Just real high quality merchandise at reasonable prices. The most incredible part of this shop is that they carry Michael Arem items at exceptional prices. I happen to be a Michael Arem fan and I find his pieces to be exquisite and unique. I hope you can see some of his work in the pictures.

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The heartbreaking part is that they are only open on Thursdays from 12 pm until 4 pm. Trust me, I lobbied and lobbied when I was there. I mentioned that to these lovely ladies that this shop is far too wonderful not to be open more. People need to see what a gem of this shop is.

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They do not carry clothes but do carry some accessories and lots of kitchen stuff (in one of the back rooms). The best part of the shop is the “dining room” area. They just had so many great pieces that I would love to use when entertaining. I am definitely going back as there were some pieces that I want to get for holiday entertaining. They have great demitasse sets, tea services, serving plates, candle holders, china, too much to list.
The women that run this shop are kind, compassionate and devoted to the success of this shop. So if you happen to stop in there, tell them to PLEASE PLEASE open at least one or two weekends a month. I promise that you will not be disappointed if you are able to get to this shop, it is a treasure.

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I will also keep you updated when they have their weekend holiday sale!

Women’s Guild White House Thrift Shoppe
St. Gregory the Enlightener Armenian Church
1131 North Street
White Plains NY 10605
(914) 428-2595 office

Thursdays 12 – 4

Until next time, HAPPY SHOPPING!!

Memorial Thrift Shop in White Plains — October 14, 2015

Memorial Thrift Shop in White Plains

This fine thrift shop is located downstairs in the Memorial United Methodist Church in White Plains and it supports The Loft. The Loft provides a safe gathering place for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and supportive community of New York’s lower Hudson Valley. The LOFT facilitates a wide range of educational, health, social service, and recreational programs, and advocates for improved services for our community.” Our mission is simple and strong: The LOFT, an LGBT community center, works to further the cause for inclusion, diversity and pride through education, advocacy, and celebration.” (This information is from their website). I just think that you should know that since 2009, this AMAZING church has shared their building with the LOFT. KUDOS!!!! 🙂

It is also open Monday through Saturday. I have been to this thrift shop before and with patience, (definitely worth it) you will find something special. The clothing section is compact and I saw a few nice vintage pieces. They have accessories, shoes, jeans, dresses, quite a bit. The walls along the corridor are lined with artwork and some home décor. They do have good old fashioned vinyl albums for one dollar. And I know that these are the rage right now. 🙂

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They have a houseware section and I saw some lovely serving pieces that I regret not picking up especially with the holidays coming up. I will just have to make a trip back.

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The one thing that I did notice is that the shop was not as jam packed with merchandise as it usually is. If you live in the White Plains area, I think it would be awesome if you have some items that can be donated; you should stop by and drop them off. Tax receipts provided (only donations not accepted are children’s toys and large furniture)

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I highly recommend that you shop here. You can read more about The Loft and the great work they do at http://loftgaycenter.org/programs-and-services/

MEMORIAL THRIFT SHOP, open every Monday through Saturday!
Memorial United Methodist Church,
250 Bryant Avenue,
White Plains, NY
Hours of Operations:
Monday – Thursday: 10 am – 2 pm
Friday – Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm
Closed Sundays

Donations welcome; tax receipts provided (only donations not accepted are children’s toys and large furniture).

Until next time, HAPPY SHOPPING!!

Irvington Presbyterian Church’s Attic Sale held on September 11th and 12th Recap — October 1, 2015

Irvington Presbyterian Church’s Attic Sale held on September 11th and 12th Recap

Just a quick report on the Irvington Presbyterian Church’s Attic Sale held on September 11th and 12th. To give you an idea on how successful this sale is, from 2000 – 2014, over $250,000 was raised and donated to many noteworthy organizations – just a few are Autism Speaks, Habitat for Humanity, Make-A-Wish, Salvation Army Food Pantry – it is quite an impressive list. I took some pictures because I DON’T THINK PEOPLE REALIZE JUST HOW BIG AND HOW GREAT THIS SALE IS. Please bear in mind, that I have been going on the second day, I can’t begin to imagine just how much merchandise I missed by not going on the first day. I understand that the home décor/ kitchen section pulled in a couple of thousand the first day.

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The men, women and children’s section was extensive and had clothes for all seasons including winter coats (which were being scooped up all over). The houseware section is amazing to say the least as well as all the other sections.

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I went on Saturday (the second day) and had a blast—I had to make two trips to the car. I bought a red plastic table for my little porch ($2.00), an adorable large tin decorative holder ($5.00) that I will use to hold my cooking magazines. Journals for my writing were $1.00 Each, I bought two packs of greeting cards ($2.00 each), a Banana Republic long sleeve tee shirt ($4.00). The book section is very book lovers dream. They had to have thousands of books for just $2 and $3 for hardcovers. I saw quite a few new releases.

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I went through all f the following sections:
Accessories
Baby
Bakery
Books
Boutique
Café (the coffee was awesome)
Children’s Clothing & Shoes
Electronics
Furniture
Holiday
Housewares
Linens
Men’s Clothing & Shoes
Sporting Goods
Toys
Women’s Clothing & Shoes

I said it once and I will say it again, this sale should not be missed for thrift lovers. I will of course keep you posted on their next sale. I just wanted to share my experience and a couple of pictures.

Until next time, HAPPY SHOPPING!!!

Cauz For Pawz Has A Great New Location — September 23, 2015

Cauz For Pawz Has A Great New Location

On my way to the dentist, I just had to check out Cauz For Pawz and their new location on First Avenue between 19th and 20th Street. All I can say is impressive! To sum it up, it is as if they took their best merchandise and moved it to their new location. It also has a very fun feeling with the décor outside the store (see pictures) and it is bright and cheery inside the store. I hope that anyone that used to go to the old location checks out the new location — AND if you have not have shopped there — you should check it out — it would be a shame if you didn’t.

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Did I mention that the staff was excited about the new digs and happily working on stocking the store. 🙂

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The new shop is much smaller but I can assure you it is jam picked with the finest merchandise. I was very excited with the quality of the selections and they were still working on stocking the store while I was there. The women’s selections were outstanding in the blouse, skirt and dress department. The men’s selections looked good as well. The display case in the front was being diligently worked on with some wonderful pieces of costume jewelry and I thought that they had quite a few significant pieces and they had just started filling up the displays so I am sure I missed out on seeing some great pieces.

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So Cauz For Pauz is still in the area and a very short walk from all the other thrift stores on 23rd Street so I suggest that you do not miss the new location, you will be more than pleasantly surprised and I will bet you find something — I bought a beautiful polka dot dress for $15. 🙂 🙂

Cauz For Pawz
333 First Avenue (bet 19 & 20 St)
New York, New York 10003
(212) 684-7299
cauzforpawz@outlook.com
Store Hours: Mon-Sat 10am – 8pm
Sun 11am – 7pm

Until next time, HAPPY SHOPPING!!

Some Major Sales Coming Up At Housing Works, Goodwill, The Society Boutique & A Sale Not To Miss in Irvington, NY! — September 9, 2015

Some Major Sales Coming Up At Housing Works, Goodwill, The Society Boutique & A Sale Not To Miss in Irvington, NY!

Housing Works
Varied NYC and Brooklyn locations

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The Giant Fall Sale has started at select Housing Works. Locations are in NYC and Brooklyn.

Park Slope (266 5th Avenue): Saturday, September 12, noon–8pm
Hell’s Kitchen (730-732 9th Avenue): Tuesday, September 15, 5pm–8pm
Yorkville (1730 Second Avenue): Saturday, September 19, noon–8pm
Tribeca (119 Chambers Street): Tuesday, September 22, 5pm–8pm
Chelsea (143 W. 17th Street): Thursday, September 24, 5pm–8pm

The Society Boutique (Memorial Sloan Kettering)
NYC – Upper East Side

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The Annual Fall Opening Sales Event
Thursday, September 10-Monday, September 14
1440 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10028
(between 81st and 82nd Streets)
Monday-Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Goodwill
ALL LOCATIONS – New York and New Jersey
Customer Appreciation Day

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Get 25% off storewide during Goodwill’s Customer Appreciation Day sale held Tuesdays in September by region:
* 9/1 – New York City (except Van Dam outlet) & Long Island
* 9/15 – Hudson Valley
* 9/22 – Capital District & Broome County
* 9/29 – Northern New Jersey

WESTCHESTER COUNTY
ATTIC SALE at the Irvington Presbyterian Church, Irvington, New York
(Address on bottom)

(Run, don’t walk to this sale- I absolutely love love this sale) 🙂 🙂 🙂
Annual Attic Sale should not be missed – This is a massive sale that I swear by, I can’t wait. This sale takes over the whole church (and it is one big church) and here is just a sampling of what you will see:

Accessories
Baby
Bakery
Books
Boutique
Café
Children’s Clothing & Shoes
Electronics
Furniture
Holiday
Housewares
Linens
Men’s Clothing & Shoes
Sporting Goods
Toys
Women’s Clothing & Shoes
and much much more!

Friday, Sept. 12th – 10am – 5 pm
Saturday, Sept. 13th – 10am – 3 pm
Irvington Presbyterian Church
25 North Broadway
Irvington, NY 10533
PARKING IS ACROSS THE STREET AT THE HIGH SCHOOL

Until next time, HAPPY SHOPPING!!

A Fantabulous Village Vogue Boutique in Milford, CT — August 25, 2015

A Fantabulous Village Vogue Boutique in Milford, CT

I was in Milford, CT visiting family and later on when heading to 95 South – lo and behold —- what do I see on the way but this fabulous display and my car just automatically stopped 🙂 🙂 I came across Village Vogue Boutique in Milford on Main Street at the Village Green and what an absolutely fabulous find this shop turned out to be.

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I could not believe this place – what a mixture of vintage and modern and they had lots of sales racks – $5 and $10 sales racks with quality merchandise. All I can say is fantabulous!! 🙂

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They carry all types of clothing, casual, dressy and vintage. All good quality name brand clothes and some high end designer in there as well. Did I mention that they carry estate jewelry? Their collection is stunning as well as their accessories. Also, they have quite a selection of designer shoes and handbags.

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The prices are reasonable for a consignment store and there is just so much to see (and want 🙂 ). They also have a formal dress section that has so many beautiful dresses that you can use for weddings, proms, black tie affairs and oh yes, they even have a few wedding gowns. This store carries a broad range of clothing and in every style imaginable.

The owner was not in the day I was there but the lovely woman that was there (forgive me for not writing her name down) was amazing, kind and patient with all my questions. I love this store because it is an adventure and so much fun going through all five rooms. It’s just so chock full of surprises and full of wonder. I do enjoy it when I find special shops like this!! 🙂

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I bought this beautiful black (yes, I know you are shocked 🙂 I picked black) dress with colorful sequins 🙂 and a gorgeous broach and of course I hit the $5.00 rack and found a great long black (:))blouse that will be perfect for the fall.

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If you are in the Milford area, this is a great shop that I am sure you will do well by. Check out their website for additional information if you are interested in being a consignor — http://www.villagevogueboutique.com

I definitely plan on another visit soon and this time I will go slowly through the five rooms so I don’t miss a single thing! If you are in the Milford area, this is a must see!!! 🙂

Village Vogue Boutique
163 N. Broad Street
Milford, CT
203.283.9400
Tuesday-Friday from 11am-6pm
Saturday from 10am-5pm

Until next time, HAPPY SHOPPING!!!

A Goodwill In Elmsford Not To Miss — August 20, 2015

A Goodwill In Elmsford Not To Miss

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I fell in love with this Goodwill the moment I walked in. It is spacious; clean with an incredibly friendly staff. (Thanks Janae for all your help and patience with me 🙂  you were great). I absolutely love love the layout, you can go through the roomy racks and shop with ease. Of course Sunday is a great sale day at Goodwill (two different color ticket items at 50% off ) and in my opinion, the best day to shop and I did very well for myself. I bought a Ralph Lauren denim skirt for $2.49 🙂  (almost new condition) and Ann Taylor (also almost new condition) slacks for $4.29. 🙂 (FYI – When I mention a label, it is with the intent that I would like my readers to know the quality of the merchandise that I am purchasing. 🙂

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What this Goodwill lacks in the casual/work dress selection (my favorite department) – it certainly makes up for in every other department.

The women’s’ section is filled with jeans, slacks, blouses, shirts, skirts, jackets and wide selection of coats. They also had a rack with women’s suits that were reasonably priced. I saw Harve Bernard, Ann Taylor, Calvin Klein, Jones of New York amongst others and all in great condition. The men’s section was equally as impressive with a very wide selection of merchandise. The shoe rack was amazing and if you are a women’s size 10 shoe especially, I would definitely check it out – the shoes were all stylish and quite a few (more than usual) were brand new.

I did not see too much art work, but what was out was in decent condition.

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The housewares section was extensive with the usual dishes, glassware, etc. What I did score on was a glass percolator for $7.99 (GREAT PRICE) and it had just got in the store a day earlier (Goodwill dates the items for when they came in). I just love percolator coffee from the stovetop; it is absolutely delish in my book.

All in all, I walked out with 2 pairs of pants, 2 skirts, a leopard scarf, a pair of shorts and my percolator for $23.62. Bear in mind I used $5 in Loyalty Points – but I still did brilliantly well and enjoyed my little excursion. I have a feeling that the store was not fully stocked on Sunday, it seems to be in a high traffic area – it had a nice crowd shopping on a Sunday morning. I can’t wait to see it fully stocked. This Good will is definitely worth a return trip or two or three. 🙂

Goodwill
380 Saw Mill River Road
Elmsford, NY 10523
(Westchester County)
914.347.4376
Monday – Sunday 10am-8pm

Until next time, HAPPY SHOPPING!!

August 17th is National Thrift Shop Day — August 16, 2015

August 17th is National Thrift Shop Day

According to the website nationalcalendarday – 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. While just this morning I scored a Ralph Lauren denim skirt brand new (with tags on it) for $2.49 in Goodwill :).   It really can be fun shopping for bargains like these. I take great enjoyment out of the “hunt” and I have met some remarkable people along the way. Please remember when you shop Goodwill, Salvation Army, Habitat For Humanity, Angel Street, Cauz For Pauz, Housing Works, Humane Society of New Rochelle and countless others, you are supporting PHENOMENAL causes and helping change countless lives. So on National Thrift Shop Day, please go out and shop, you will be supporting someone in need!! 🙂

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CELEBRATE

On National Thrift Shop Day, watch for specials at the Thrift Shops in your area and have a Happy National Thrift Shop Day! Use #NationalThriftShopDay to post on social media. 🙂

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Until next time, HAPPY SHOPPING!!

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