08/17/16 3:21pm
It's National Thrift Store Day! Make like Macklemore and pop some tags. Photo by Jess Keefe.

It’s National Thrift Store Day! Make like Macklemore and pop some tags. Photo by Jess Keefe.

It seems like every day there’s a new made-up holiday. Some of them, it’s hard to figure out the motivation behind why they exist, like, National Middle Child Day, for example, which apparently was on Aug. 12. Others, it’s obvious were created with the intention of getting us to buy shit. At least today’s fake holiday, #NationalThriftStoreDay, is in the name of a good cause, encouraging the principles of reduce, reuse, recycle.

And in New York, donateNYC has taken the reins, partnering with dozens of secondhand stores around the city where you can either donate goods or purchase them used. Today’s efforts are also in support of the city’s 0x30 initiative, which sets the goal that by the year 2030, New Yorkers will contribute zero waste to the city’s landfills.

If the mission behind #NationalThriftStoreDay isn’t enough to incentivize you, there are a few deals to get you out there thriftin’ and giftin’. And hey, today could be the day you finally find that perfect vintage summer dress. (more…)

10/31/14 1:55pm
cypress hills cemetery

Hey, maybe you’ll make it here after all. via Facebook

So you were all set to make sure that one day you were going to be a New York City resident…forever. Then you read our investigation on how much it costs to get buried in Brooklyn and you figured you’d just try to dig a shallow grave in a construction site instead. But wait! Turns out that in true NYC thrift fashion, you can buy a secondhand grave. Some of them are only slightly used! (more…)

10/03/11 2:44pm

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!