Once we arrived at Penn Station NYC mission number one was coffee! We hit up starbucks, grabbed two lattes and we were on our way to hunt down deals. We headed over to East 23rd street. Our first stop was Housing Works Thrift Store.
Housing Works has multiple thrift shops located all over Manhattan. They sell fashion, furniture, art and more. All proceeds go toward fighting AIDS/HIV as well as homelessness. Their selection was great, organized and clean. The prices were more than reasonable and the staff was friendly! We picked up a beautiful pair of dress pants marked down to $5 and a head turning beaded dress marked at $15. At the checkout counter we were offered to pick a coupon out of a fish bowl and scored an additional 50% off our purchase bringing our total to only $11 for the two designer pieces!
Continuing down East 23rd street we stumbled upon more thrift shops (East 23rd between 5th and 2nd is a neighborhood of thrift shops). We stopped in a few but didn't spot any must have pieces.
This shop was very cool. It is three stories with the top floor for offices, the ground floor for furniture(very unique and eclectic) and knick-knacks, and the basement which is packed with great second hand and vintage clothing. This store was well organized, clean and had a great vibe. We did find some cool pieces, but unfortunately they weren't in our sizes, but this is definitely a store I'll be returning too.
We continued south to SOHO in search of more great bargains and unique finds. Now remember, it was Fashion Week in NYC so there were designer sample sales EVERYWHERE! We stopped into a few and Mom managed to find this adorable gray winter coat that will be a great addition to her winter woredrobe!
NYC is never without its oddities....
|Hot pink panties, matching hot pink heels and purse with a TOTALLY sheer dress! Only in NYC people - but what was I to say, it was Fashion's Night Out afterall!|
|Doesn't everyone knit a sweater for their car? and a matching one for their bicycle?|
|My big brother and I in Little Italy, NYC|
We stayed as late as possible - not truely wanting to leave - I arrived home at 1:30am and fell into bed, only to wake up 5 hours later again with aching toes to head into work. The trip was fun! I was happy to spend time with my family, live the hussel and bussel of NYC for a day and find some great deals!!