It’s National Thrift Store Day. Yes, This Is a Real Thing!

Antoinette Vintage
Antoinette Vintage

Brooklynites are pretty good at purchasing secondhand. But if you grew up almost anywhere else in the country, newness abounds–in your closet, around your kitchen, and in your garage, a place that, in itself, is foreign here.

But today is National Thrift Store Day, and New York City Department of Sanitation is doing its due diligence to mark the occasion by hanging out at Housing Works, one of the city’s most renowned symbols of thrift.

Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, Senior Vice-President of Housing Works David Raper, and Benjamin Rose, Director of Operations for Re-use NYC (the Department of Sanitation program that organized the city’s first thrift day in 2013), will be on hand to emphasize the importance of their message.

If you haven’t recently thought about what that is (saving money, cutting back on landfill waste, conserving resources, practicing common sense), now is your chance to have a more informed conversation about it with experts. Plus, summer is ending so you’ve likely worn out your hot weather sandals and need a new book to dig into. You can be conscientious and go shopping while you’re at it.

And here’s a list of participating New York stores!

Housing Works, 119 Chambers Street. The official commemoration of stuff that’s already been used, with representatives on hand, begins at 1pm.



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