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Angel Street Thrift Shop

118 W. 17th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 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 impeccable care and attention. $

Arthritis Foundation Thrift Shop

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

Since 1948, this donation-based shop benefiting the Arthritis Foundation has been a choice destination for designer hand-me-downs. The displays are updated two to three times a day, 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 straight to the opera company) is small compared to the substantial clothing collection; however, a little digging might just turn up something worthwhile, like a framed vintage show poster. $-$$

Council Thrift Shop

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

Pint-size rocking chairs and nightstands teeter atop black-lacquer dining tables and ornately carved armoires at this jam-packed, everything-in-one-place thrift shop; proceeds fund the National Council of Jewish Women’s programs. $-$$

Everything Goes Furniture

17 Brook St., nr. Fremont St., Staten Island; 718-273-0568;

Here, you’ll find collectibles like stereoscopes, porcelain statuettes, and original artwork. Across the street is a two-floor space housing lamps, kitchen sets, and factory-rebuilt mattresses. Inventory is replenished weekly. $$

The Furniture Market

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

It’s easy to get lost in this used-furniture megastore full 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. Seventh 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; 197 N. 9th St., at Driggs Ave., Williamsburg; 718-640-6299;

This aptly named thrift shop will, on occasion, 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.$

Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Thrift Shop

1440 Third Ave., nr. 82nd St.; 212-535-1250;

This elegant shop is more like a boutique than a thrift store. You find antiques, books, and home furnishings as well as men’s and women’s clothes. All proceeds go to the cancer center. $$

Vintage Thrift Shop

286 Third Ave., nr. 22nd St.; 212-871-0777;

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


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