Let me preface this post by saying I’m a begining thrifter. I’ve experimented here and there, but I have a tendency to get excited about odd finds and buy them for unexplained reasons. A couple of weeks ago I visited the Housing Works Buy the Bag Sale. And while I’m by no means experienced in this subject, I’m almost positive it’s the most hardcore type of thrifting out there. Bear with me. It’s hard to explain without pictures. Housing Works is an awesome organization that runs thrift shops throughout NYC and gives the proceeds to individuals living with AIDS. They’ve become known for their warehouse sales at their Queens warehouse, now known as Buy the Bag sales.
First you stand in line earlier to get a good spot. The sale officially opens at 11a.m., but if you buy a $5 Power Hour ticket in advance, you can line up for 10a.m. entry. You begin by walking (or running) into a warehouse packed with huge bins full of donated goods. The next hours are spent sifting through the clothes, bags, etc. to find thrifting gold. About 30 mintues in, the floor is covered in clothes. You’ll be sweating and wading knee deep on mountains of unidentified fabric. I know, it sounds like your worst nightamre, but its actually a lot of fun outside of all the hard work (Geez it’s hot in there). Shout out to Brandheyeze of Frugal-nomics.com for the tips.
So in the midst of all the clothes tossing and golden egg hunting, this is what I managed to walk out with. What do you think?
I’m looking forward to going on more thrifting adventures, and sharing my finds. This Saturday is the last Buy the Bag sale for the Summer, while the organization decides how they will proceed with sales in the future. You can still stand in line early for the 11a.m. general entry though. Make sure you visit HousingWorks.org for more information on how you can score a bag full of goods and donate to a great cause.