The environs aren’t fancy or trendy, and you won’t spot many tattoos or beards. But Goodwill Industries‘ Upper East Side shop offers consistently banging-for-your-buck thrift. Navigating the store requires patience and perseverance, as the goods are neither curated nor cataloged. But the location appears to ensure a steady influx of top-shelf merch in eminently wearable condition—names like Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Nine West, and Cole Haan, not to mention the occasional Louis Vuitton or Prada sighting. It’s amazing what people get rid of. It’s also worth noting that the deeply discounted dollars you’re forking over go to a good cause: Founded in 1915, Goodwill has been serving New York and New Jersey ever since, not only assisting you in feathering your nest but also helping folks in rough straits. Note to the extra-finicky: The Stuyvesant store was recently renovated, eliminating some of the your-parents’-basement vibe.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 16, 2013