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Thrift isn't thrift if it costs an arm and a leg, and Manhattan and Brooklyn's "flea markets" tend to be anything but when it comes to prices. So are there even any cheap thrift stores in this city? Fashionista points out that even Goodwill can get pricey in Manhattan, so they compiled a short but sturdy list of thrift stores in NYC that are actually thrifty in price.
Teeny-tiny Finderz Keeperz on West 116th Street has vintage finds in the $25-$40 range, and Mary Help of Christians School Flea Market's weekend sales on East 11th Street are packed with haggle-able second-hand clothes and accessories. Junk on Driggs Avenue in Wililamsburg is filled with a lot of junk, and in truth, some of it is overpriced junk. But nevertheless, if you're in the mood to dig, nine times out of ten there's something to be had for cheap.
Then there's your chain thrift stores. For Beacon's Closet, it's generally agreed that the North 11th Street location in Williamsburg has the best selection but is the priciest. And it can also be the snobbiest (but its color coordinated, so you take the good with the bad). Same kind of deal for Buffalo Exchange: Williamsburg is trendier, but the location on East 11th Street is friendlier and less expensive than its Brooklyn counterpart. Following suit, Housing Works varies when it comes to neighborhood, and while the list doesn't select a favorite, we've been known to find cheap knickknacks in the Chelsea location.
And as for Goodwill, Fashionista favors the Harlem spot, describing it as "affordable, clean, has friendly service, and rarely rises from the base prices: dresses are $10, pants and skirts are $8, tops and sweaters are $6. Also, this particular branch gets a lot of donations from Target, H&M and Forever21, so you can score some brand-new goods for at least half the normal cost."
· Broke and the City: Actually Affordable NYC Thrift Stores [Fashionista]