Life Emporium

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Photograph: Anna Simonak
Photograph: Anna Simonak
Photograph: Anna Simonak
Photograph: Anna Simonak
Photograph: Anna Simonak
Park Slope

After receiving dozens of clothing and antiques donations, Hershy Mayer and Aaron Genuth partnered to open this nonprofit thrift store, whose proceeds benefit Jewish children’s charity Chai Lifeline ( The shop is evenly divided across two spacious floors; head to the top level, which has an industrial-meets-vintage vibe, to discover a well-edited selection of preloved, gently priced designer garb for guys, gals and kids, plus antique furniture and jewelry. Steals we recently spotted included Prada suede pumps ($49), an Emilio Pucci blazer ($70) and Dunhill silk ties ($20–$30). The main floor has a more Goodwill-like sensibility, with racks and shelves brimming with knickknacks, including antique suitcases ($18–$60), a large etched-glass bedroom mirror ($135), and clothing from H&M, Original Penguin and other popular brands ($9–$50). Rifling through the wares can be tiresome, but it’s worth it to score affordable ladies’ J Brand jeans ($16) and a men’s Burberry button-down shirt ($17).

Venue name: Life Emporium
Address: 515 Fifth Ave
New York

Cross street: at 13th St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 11am–6pm; Fri 11am–5pm
Transport: Subway: F, G, N, R to Fourth Ave–9th St
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