Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Gimme a thrift lunch break

Imagine my delight earlier this year when I discovered a thrift store was opening right around the corner from where I work! This means I can get a fix of eye candy whilst on my lunch break. And who knows maybe even pick up the odd thing (ok, ok, several things...)

The new store, Housing works Soho, is right next door to the Housing works thrift bookstore on Crosby Street, in the heart of Soho. Just one block away is Broadway, a hustle and bustle shopping destination with Prada, Uniqlo, Topshop, Bloomingdales etc. This thrift store is still a little bit of a secret as it is on a quiet block. Shhhhhhh, let's keep it that way.

As you serious thrifters know, it pays to have your regular thrift haunts- so you can snap up any goodies as soon as they hit the shop. I tend to go to Housing Works Soho once or twice a week. And oooooooohhhhh this place is good. I have been particularly lucky in the shoe front - the first pair I bought there were a leopard print Steve Maddens - brand new - for $10. Many a sandal soon followed, see this post.

I particularly like the fact that they always have some special discount going on and often have a deal with the thrift bookstore next door - if you buy an item in one of the stores you get 30% off at the other place; one month they had a 30% discount at the store if you donated books next door.

For the love of thrift rating (from 1 to 10):

Selection: 8
Presentation: 9
Niceness of staff: 9
Bargain factor (ie pricing): 8
Thrift turnover: 9

Housing works Soho is on Crosby Street and Houston. The clothes are arranged by colour and there are womens as well as men's clothes (quite a large mens selection). There is a small furniture selection, and a housewares selection. They also have jewellery


  1. I work in a thrift store...........Do you imagine how hard that is!!!! Lee-ann

  2. Wow! LOVE the leopard print shoes!

  3. Those shoes are amazing! Love them and look great on you!

  4. You are so luckeeeeeeeeeee! I am a bit jealous about your lunch hour walk-thrus!

  5. Oh no for the commenter who works at a thrift store! I would feel the exact same way if there was a store by my work.