Desperate for some good thrifting in this overpriced city, I recently decided that Staten Island must be the place to go. This theory was based on nothing but a pattern I've noticed during my years as a cheap clotheshorse: the weirder the area, the better the deals. For example, when you go to the only thrift store in a college town, you can bet it will be overpriced and picked over. But a random little town in the Midwest often turns out to be a wasteland of fashion treasures, because the people who live there are shopping for clothes that look contemporary, not for '80s holdovers, for example. Staten Island—from the Godfather mansions to the Wu Tang Clan shout outs—is New York's randomest borough by a long shot. Ostensibly, it had the potential to... More >>>