Thrift store shopping in Brooklyn is basically real-store shopping anywhere else, and the O.G. “thrift” ripoff has always been Beacon’s Closet, a store notorious for its picky consignment process and its sometimes unforgiving price tags on used merchandise.
Don’t get us wrong, there’s great stuff to be found by shopping at this thrift mecca — we just don’t think you should be shelling out big bucks to do it. That’s why we’re excited to share the news that Beacon’s closet is having a storewide end-of-season sale at two of its three Brooklyn locations next weekend, and everything is up to 75 percent off! (more…)
Look like this, even in the winter, for less. via Facebook
Everywhere you look, people are pretending like the summer is ending tomorrow (even though, as we will happily point out, summer isn’t officially over until September 23). Beacon’s Closet is no exception as it turns out, so they’re selling off a bunch of summer clothes this weekend at all of their locations. Looks like you can get a whole new summer wardrobe to rock for another month of summer, all up to 50% off each item. (more…)
Why travel the world when Seven Wonders is right here in Greenpoint? via Facebook
Spring weather = shopping season. After months bundled in sweaters and winter coats, who doesn’t feel the sun’s rays finally hitting their bare skin and experience the urge to buy something new? Or at least “new-ish”? Vintage shopping is a great way to find unique pieces for less, but along with fair-trade coffee, bike share, artisanal kombucha, and all other pursuits that have come to characterize bougie Brooklyn, vintage often gets an unfair rep (well, maybe not artisanal kombucha).
“Why buy something someone has already worn?” goes the well-worn skeptic cry. “Why not get something at Topshop? I heard they’re having a 40% off sale!” Please, silence this inner critic. Forget the images of well-worn muumuus and crusty flannels dancing in your head. If you’re looking for cool clothes on a budget, then you’ve gotta give vintage another chance, especially since we’ve handpicked you Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Bushwick’s best vintage shops. (more…)
But where will the Vice employees get their hip duds now?
In another blow to your mom moving to Williamsburg and finding it’s not what it was supposed to be, yet another charming boutique has been pushed out by high rents to make way for a national brand affiliated with a soul-destroying corporation. Except this time the charming boutique is well-known secondhand store Beacon’s Closet and the national brand is Vice. Sounds like we’ve got an alt-war brewing, so you’d better choose sides now. (more…)
If you saw Lena Dunham’s outfit on the first Girls episode and thought Gah! That is truly awful! you now have someone to blame. On Fashion Etc., Girls costume designer Jenn Rogien says she shopped Beacon’s Closet to get just the right look for the Greenpoint-livin’ Dunham (Hannah) and her crew. (For those who missed it, Hannah rocked a floral Western-style top, an ill-fitting mini, purplish tights and flat granny boots with white socks peeking out the top.) “We were probably at Atlantis Attic and Beacon’s Closet for every episode because it’s the right stuff, that’s where those girls would go,” Rogien tells the fashion news site. (more…)
Ever wondered what to get that baker friend of yours who has a passion for martial arts? Okay, maybe you don’t have a friend like that, BUT any pal with a sweet tooth and an affinity for cheesy puns will eat this gift up! These ninja-shaped cookie tins make for some badass decorating possibilities… Gingerbread has never been so lethal. They’re available at a few local stores and online, so you can kick the competition for this year’s best gift. Hiya!
Caroline's friend Kat learns what to keep and what to ditch.
Our own Caroline Shadood has been killing it over at her new Tumblr jam Broadist, aka the home of “Fashion for Broads.” This week she schools you in something useful to brokesters everywhere: cleaning out your closet, for fun and profit! Caroline runs down the proper way to clean, sort and prepare your clothes to get the most of them out of a stoop sale or by reselling them at places like Beacon’s Closet. She even tells you which stores are the best bet for which kinds of clothes and the bets times to go. A taste of her tips: “Even if you have a bunch of really cute, bright, designer halter maxi dresses, thrift stores aren’t going to buy them because they are OFF SEASON. So get your spring and summer stuff now — fold it up, and stash it away.” There’s much more, so read on!
Fall is my favorite season; not only because of the perfect weather, but also because it means September issues, Fashion’s Night Out, and the one and only New York Fashion Week. Having recently joined the ranks of the not-so-steadily employed, I’m eager to keep up with the latest trends without spending a fortune. Armed with a trend checklist from People StyleWatch’s Lucy Moore and Bloomingdale’s web designer Nicole Kuchera Collins, I scouted my favorite two resale shops in Brooklyn (Beacon’s Closet in Park Slope and Buffalo Exchange in Williamsburg) to prove that you don’t have to spend tons to keep up. Trends I chose to skip? Let’s just say the poncho craze didn’t make the cut. (more…)
Each week (or thereabouts), our Dear Penny column investigates the answers to reader questions about saving money in Brooklyn. This week, Cody McBurnett asks how to get the most from her closet giveaways, and fellow Brokelyn reader Tina Robinson is our guest expert. Take it away, Tina…
The best way to maximize this situation is to divide and conquer. Start by separating your no-longer-wanted clothes into three categories: designer goods and/or one-of-a-kind vintage, trendy items with labels people have heard of, and finally, everything else. (more…)