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Angel Street Thrift Shop

118 W. 17th St., nr. Irving Pl..; 212-229-0546;

The shelves here are organized and clean, the glass countertops sparkle, and everything—from apparel to armoires to Champagne flutes—is displayed with care and attention. $

Arthritis Foundation Thrift Shop

1430 Third Ave., nr. 81st St.; 212-772-8816;

This donation-based shop benefiting the Arthritis Foundation is a choice destination for designer hand-me-downs. The displays are updated frequently, depending on inventory. $

City Opera Thrift Shop

222 E. 23rd St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-684-5344;

The housewares selection at this charity shop (all proceeds go to maintaining the opera company) is small compared to the substantial clothing section, but the selection is good and regular visits are rewarding. Pianos, in particular, seem to turn up here regularly. $-$$

Council Thrift Shop

246 E. 84th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-439-8373;

A small, jam-packed, everything-in-one-place thrift shop; proceeds fund the National Council of Jewish Women’s programs. Good for jewelry, fashion, home goods. $-$$

The Furniture Market

22-08 Astoria Blvd., Astoria; 718-545-3935

It’s easy to get lost in this used-furniture megastore filled with chairs, piles of pillows, rows of mirrors, and an abundance of knickknacks. You’ll also find a smattering of collectible items. $-$$

Green Village Used Furniture and Clothing

276 Starr St., nr. Nicholas Ave., Bushwick; 718-456-8844;

This well-known junk shop relocated from Williamsburg and is now better organized, with neat, wide, easily navigable rows of clothing, furniture, electronics—you name it. The manager is a constant presence; haggling with him is part of the experience. $

Housing Works

143 W. 17th St., nr. Third Ave. (various locations); 718-838-5050;

These shops are best known for home furnishings, but it’s also worth stopping in to check out the clothing, books, and jewelry. New shipments arrive at least three times a week, and all proceeds go to Housing Works’ efforts to combat homelessness and AIDS. $


567 Driggs Ave., nr. N. 6th St., Williamsburg; 436 Union Ave., nr. Devoe St., Williamsburg; 718-640-6299;

This aptly named shop will yield treasures to the dedicated explorer. The inexpensive furniture is worn but salvageable, and there are gems to be had among the crowded clothing racks and overflowing bins of knickknacks. $

Vintage Thrift Shop

286 Third Ave., nr. 22nd St.; 242 W. 10th St., nr. Hudson St.; 212-871-0777;

Discriminating bargain hunters know to stop by this place regularly. For especially good scores, shoppers can bid on the housewares, paintings, and furniture in the store’s rotating window displays. $


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