I now understand why this place if called “Thrifter’s Heaven”
When I was in high school I fell in love with thrifting. I gave the trendy yet questionable hobby the side eye at first but I definitely warmed up to the idea. Even in my adult life where I have disposable income to buy new clothing, thrifting is still something that I enjoy a TON.
For those who keep up with my very exciting life (sarcasm), you know I moved back to NYC in July to pursue my career in Social Services( business development) with Housing Works. In addition to being a pillar in the community for advocating for the rights and betterment of people living with and affected by HIV and homelessness, Housing Works is also known for its magnificent thrifts. You can find all over Youtube people scoring BIG name thrift items in their stores; everything from Michael Kors to Chanel.
I finally decided this past weekend to give their warehouse setup, Buy The Bag, thrift a try. This Sunset Park, Brooklyn location is unique because of one HUGE thing; whatever you can fit in the bag is $25, however you fit them. The only rules are handles to the bag must touch and the items can not spill over the sides.
Among some of the brands that I scored big on were J. Crew, Knomo, Calvin Klein, Nine West and True Religion. I was able to fit 31 items into my bags thanks to a nice woman that showed me how to really jam pack that bag. On the day went the “Buy the Bag” was 2 for $30.
Some of My Favorite Items That I Bagged.
I cleaned up these Genuine Leather Nine West boots and Vaseline-d them up.
Tips For Newbies
Newbies get to skip the line and shop for a few minutes before the
savages regulars come in
The regulars that come are pros at this Buy The Bag thing. Let the staff know that you’re new before the doors open to take full advantage.
Bring a large black plastic bag and maybe rubber bands
You can buy one at the Buy The Bag for a dollar or you can just bring your own. When you see something that looks even remotely interesting, throw it in the bag.
Don’t think, just grab
I repeat. When you see something that looks even remotely interesting, throw it in the bag. Do NOT think twice. The goal is to grab as much as you can out of the various bins, fill the garbage bag, sort through it and repeat.
Don’t drink a lot of fluid or eat a large meal before you get there
If you don’t want to miss out, you’d mind your liquid intake and eat a very light snack before you get there. The doors open at 11 am ($5 to get in at 11 am instead of 12 pm), go until 1:30 pm then there is a 30-minute break. That’s the time to use the restroom or get another light snack. There is no restroom in this warehouse thrift.
Leggings/Sweats, Tank Top & A Satchel/Crossbody bag is a must
This outfit will have you ready for war against the many other customers trying to score good thrift items. It also allows you easily try things on in the aisles.
Don’t be the a**hole that does way too much
Some people do this professionally, literally, and you can spot them from a mile away. They come in packs like vultures pushing any and everybody out the way. Just don’t be like them.
If you live in New York City or plans on visiting, this is a FUN and very rewarding activity. I’m very satisfied with my finds and I can’t wait to customize and dress them up. If you go to Housing Works “Buy The Thrift” let me know.
Housing Work’s Buy The Bag Thrift Brooklyn, NYC
159 28th Street Brooklyn, NY 11232, 718-840-2923
What are some of your favorite places to go thrifting in NYC? Outside NYC? Let me know below.