Housing Works (various locations – I went to 157 E. 23rd St., between 3rd & Lexington Ave)
I first went to Housing Works, which I had been to before (the Soho Location), where I bought a pair of roller skates for $5. I love Housing Works. They have a large variety, but it’s not so big that it becomes overwhelming. They have a massive selection of books (all more than $5), DVDs (all $1), and housewares in addition to all the clothes. I didn’t find any clothing I liked, but I found a rad pair of shoes for $5 that I bought (pictured).
Cure Thrift Shop (111 E 12th St, between 3rd and 4th Ave)
I actually found out about this place because a friend of mine from high school posted on Instagram that she worked there. This place is pretty adorable. It is nicely decorated and they played vintage-y music to get you in the mood. The upstairs portion was fairly expensive, so I was discouraged until I found the stairs. Downstairs, they had tee-shirts for $5, sweater for $15, jeans for $10. Perfect. I love it. I didn’t find anything that I wanted in my price range, but I will return again.
AuH20 (84 E 7th St, between 1st and 2nd Ave)
This tiny little thrift shop had a $5 rack outside practically calling my name. While it was small (think the size of a rich lady’s closet), I immediately found 4 things that I wanted to buy. They had a mixture of men’s, women’s, and (I think) kid’s clothing. I am such a sucker for an ugly sweater, and I loved the one I tried on but decided it wasn’t worth $18. I also tried on a Joyrich skirt that was $25, which probably originally cost around $80. Not a bad deal. Their jewelry collection was nice as well. I walked away empty handed but not dissatisfied.
No Relation (204 1st Ave, between 12th and 13th Street)
My last stop was at No Relation, which probably should have been my first stop because this place is MASSIVE. You need a lot of patience shopping in a store like that, and mine was running low. Nevertheless, I looked around and found some really cool items. This place is super cheap; all of their sweaters were generally under $15. I noticed that they had more men’s clothing than women’s, but they still had large selection of both. The store was nicely organized, separating the 90s-style windbreakers from the selection of denim jackets. I didn’t wind up buying anything but I will return once it gets super cold to buy some oversized men’s sweaters.