Spanning 59th to 96th Streets from Central Park to the East River lies the Upper East Side, which has long been the home to some of America's most established and privileged families. Given residents' expensive tastes, it is not surprising that the Upper East Side is one of the best places to go thrift shopping. Within this thrift shop mecca there are so many hidden treasures. And the best part? Many stores give a portion of your proceeds to a good cause.
I recently went on a thrift shop crawl, taking pictures of all the shops I visited and of all of the second-hand gems I found. I've included a list of the places I stopped in, below, so you can go on a similar thrift shop hunt if you are in the neighborhood. But I also encourage you to explore the thrift shops where you live. If you look closely, there really are so many great finds to be uncovered.
Upper East Side Thrift Stores
Housing Works Thrift Shop | 202 E 77th St. New York, NY 10021 | (212) 772-8461
Cancer Care Thrift Shop | 1480 3rd Ave. New York, NY 10028 | (212)879-9868
Goodwill | 1704 2nd Ave. New York, NY 10128 | (212)831-1830
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Thrift Shop | 1440 3rd Ave. New York, NY 10028 | (212) 535-1250
Unique Boutique | 1674 3rd Ave. New York, NY 10128 | (212) 427-0077
Arthritis Foundation Thrift Shop | 1430 3rd Ave. New York, NY 10028 | (212) 772-8816
Council Thrift Shop | 246 East 84th St. New York, NY 10028 | (212) 439-8373