Living Well For Less
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Your local consignment or thrift stop just might be the best recession-buster in town. Usually, thrift shops are run by nonprofit organizations and sell donated goods to raise money for a cause. Consignment shops, on the other hand, accept merchandise on a consignment basis, paying the owner a percentage of the sale price when and if the item is sold. Many of these resale stores are a mix of the two.
Northern Dutchess Hospital Thrift Shop
This gigantic thrift shop inhabits a two-story building and an entire barn, and is full of a wide variety of items. Since there is so much floor space, larger-scale items like motor scooters and power wheelchairs can sometimes be found here. The regular inventory includes medical equipment, jewelry, household items, books, and clothing. Shop volunteers accept items in any condition, with damaged goods placed on a dollar rack along with those items that don’t sell. End-of-season clearances take place in early spring and autumn.
► Open Mon., Wed., Thurs. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tues., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
95 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck
Focusing on art, fashion, music, and “up-cycled” items (other people’s garbage-bound possessions turned into new, usable works of art), Love Me Too Times is a unique mixture of local crafts and creations. Founder Toni Marie Caravello had always dreamed of owning a consignment shop; when she was laid off from her previous job in a company downsizing, she knew the time was right. “I’d always said ‘one day...’ but I never had time to make my consignment shop idea happen,” she says. “And Beacon just seemed to be the natural place to put it — it’s artsy, progressive, and people are into the green movement here.” The shop, which just opened last month, contains mostly consignment clothing, but essential oils, incense, and wares from local craftspeople, artists, and even musicians stock the shelves as well. Caravello opts for locally produced tunes in the shop’s music rotation (“Why play Top 40 hits when you can support local music?”) and sells the albums herself to interested customers. She also brings in a Tarot card reader every Saturday for a spiritual touch. “It’s a mixture of everything I like, and other people happen to like it too,” Caravello says. “I think it’s a one-of-a-kind place.” Call for information on hours and consignment opportunities.
► 442 Main St., Beacon
917-273-9418 or www.lovemetootimes.com
Specializing in kids’ clothing from preemie to boys’ and girls’ size 16, Keef’s Kiddie Exchange is a great place to find everything you need for the little ones — and for new parents, too. Offering baby gear, toys, maternity wear, and even a store account program for expectant moms, this thrift shop is very choosy about which items make shelf status. All clothing items must be in like-new or gently used condition, and toys with missing pieces are simply out of the question — which is great for bargain shoppers looking for high quality items. End-of-season clearances discount clothing by up to 75 percent, and remaining items go on a dollar rack after the clearance has ended.
► Open Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
636 County Rte. 1, Pine Island
845-258-2555 or www.keefskiddleexchange.com
Established in 1982 and purchased in 2001 by current owner Irene Perl, this chic consignment shop has more than 500 consignors and offers designer clothing and accessories with no imperfections or flaws — practically as good as new, but for a whole lot less. Here you can find designer labels like Armani, Chanel, Coach, Dooney & Bourke, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Fendi as well as cool vintage clothing and jewelry. The atmosphere is what Perl calls “a pleasant escape from the hustle and bustle of the malls,” with accessories and clothing set up in a breezy, easy-to-browse layout. They also have a half-price semi-annual sale of out-of-season items each spring and fall.
► Open Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
1629 Rte. 44, Pleasant Valley
845-635-3115 or www.pastnperfect.com
Just for Kids
This thrift shop, which has been in operation for over 22 years, sells children’s like-new clothing, toys, and furniture. The shop holds two sidewalk sales a year — in June and November — to clear out seasonal inventory.
► Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
13 Delavergne Ave., Wappingers Falls
Happy Paws Thrift Store
Sorry pet lovers, this isn’t a doggy discount center; its name comes from the fact that all proceeds benefit the Ulster County SPCA. The shop’s volunteers call it an upscale thrift store, and it’s crammed with linens, clothing, jewelry, artwork, and small furniture. Donations come in daily, and damaged items go to local charities.
► Open Wed.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
48 Market St., Saugerties
While the Junior League — a national women’s organization dedicated to improving local communities — is a staple in many towns, not all of them are lucky enough to have a Bargain Box. Tucked away on Poughkeepsie’s Main Street, this small, two-room thrift and consignment shop is run by the local chapter of the League (with all proceeds donated back into the community). The shop is a delight for nearby Vassar students and anyone who gets a thrill out of finding top-notch clothes at bargain-basement prices. “It’s not unusual to find labels from Burberry to Dooney & Bourke to Prada,” says Manager Joan Diamond, who (along with Assistant Manager Deb Davies) mans the shop (and will happily chime in with her opinion on how those designer duds actually look on you). “One young teacher came in and found a Burberry coat for 75 percent off. It fit like it was made for her; she was so happy.” The shop stocks mainly clothes, shoes, and jewelry, but you can also pick up some nice random housewares. Everything is in good-as-new to almost-new condition, and donated items that are damaged are usually put either on the clearance rack or in a free-item box. There’s also a new-with-tags rack, for those who are wary of purchasing previously worn clothing. The end-of-season clearance sales discount clothing up to 75 percent, and twice-a-year “dollar days” (every item is just a buck) offer the ultimate bargain. Ask to be put on their mailing list if you’d like to be alerted to special sales.
► Open Tues., Wed., Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
794 Main St., Poughkeepsie
845-471-3530 or www.jlpoughkeepsie.org