On August 15, celebrate the positive impacts of shopping second-hand by buying yourself something pretty and on sale. The umbrella organization ReuseNYC is an association of New York City nonprofits that accept and redistribute donated goods, and 11 of its members, across all five boroughs, will participate in National Thrift Store Day by hosting store-wide sales. The shops range from large, nationwide names to smaller boutiques, which means, with just a little rack rummaging, you could score new-to-you furniture, designer dresses, books, art and more for practically a song. And remember, all the stores are nonprofits so whatever money you do spend is a good deed.
Here’s a list of participating stores and the deals they’re offering:
- Cauz For Pawz, Manhattan
Why you should shop there: Proceeds benefit animal rescue.
- Goodwill (excluding the Van Dam Outlet), locations in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens
Why you should shop there: Goodwill supports job seekers, particularly youth, seniors, veterans and people with disabilities and other specialized needs.
- Film Biz Recycling, Brooklyn
Why you should shop there: FBR prevents pollution, creates jobs and aids the community by diverting film set materials from the NYC waste stream.
- CancerCare, Manhattan
Why you should shop there: Proceeds benefit CancerCare's free services for people living with or affected by cancer.
- Maspeth Thrift Shop, Queens
Why you should shop there: The shop supports education and activities at Martin Luther School.
- Recycle-A-Bicycle, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens
15% off parts & accessories on Aug 15, plus a bike sale at the Long Island City location on Aug 16
Why you should shop there: Proceeds from sales and services benefit RAB's youth programs, including job training, environmental education and recycled arts.
- Arthritis Foundation, Manhattan
Why you should shop there: The national organization works towards the the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.
- St. Luke’s Thrift Shop, Manhattan
Why you should shop there: It's a ministry of neighboring St. Luke's Church and helps to fund its operations and programs.
- The Salvation Army, all boroughs
Why you should shop there: This international Christian nonprofit supports a wide range of causes from combating human trafficking to hunger relief to homeless assistance.
- The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Thrift Shop, Manhattan
Why you should shop there: It raises funds for the Cancer Center, a volunteer organization that enhances cancer patient care, supports research and provides public education.
- Housing Works, Manhattan and Brooklyn
Why you should shop there: Housing Works's mission, which all of its shops fund, is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS.
And here’s ReuseNYC's handy map with all participating locations. Go wild.