nyc thrift store society-boutique

From what I can tell about the readers of this blog, you peeps really love your fashion and beauty.   With that in mind, I have to share one of NYC’s legendary thrift shops, located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.  Lynn, here, from Decor Arts Now.

You may have heard about the Sloan Kettering Thrift Shop, recently renamed The Society Boutique, but have you ever actually paid a visit?

Well you must, you simply must.  It’s on Third Avenue between 81st and 82nd streets and  is chock-a-block full of goodies.

On the fashion front, there are purses, jewelry, scarves, shoes, and all manner of clothing.  They make it easy for you by separating the top designer merchandise in a private room apart from the regular stuff.

Your home is not forgotten.  You can find furniture, home accessories, art and coffee table books all at very affordable prices.

Take a peek at what I spotted today.

That little “H” bag is only masquerading as the Hermes Constance bag, but it was in fine condition and a lovely navy suede.  At $70, you could have fun fooling everyone.

nyc thrift store purses

If only the red Manolo’s were in my size.

nyc thrift store shoes

Hurry over if you have a special occasion.  The Boutique was featuring this gorgeous lace number, never worn,  designed by Caroline Herrera .  At $675 it isn’t cheap but but with retail at $2250, its a great value.  I didn’t try it on, because it looked like it might fit me, and I didn’t think I could resist…

nyc thrift store dress

Here is a glimpse of some of the other labels on offer today.  The McQueen was only $200–that one I did try on, but sadly it didn’t flatter me.

nyc thrift store labels

There were many home accessories available.  My favorites were these gold rimmed glasses and decanter.  Bar carts are super chic right now, and these would look fabulous adorning one.

nyc thrift store glasses

I also liked this sweet Japanese print.  All art was 50% off, making this “ready to frame” print only $25.  So why didn’t I take it home?

nyc thrift store art

I’ve just downsized from a 7 bedroom house to a NYC apartment.  Enough said.  I left it there for you to grab.

And there is more.  When you visit, make sure you add your name and email to their mailing list.  That way you will have advance notice of any pop-up shops (Chanel anyone?) or other special events, like next week’s luxury coat sale.   The Boutique will restock the coats everyday next week so there is always some new merch for you to snag. Remember, winter is coming!

Of course, I didn’t leave empty handed.  I scooped up these two vintage design books for $16.  I find that the older design tomes provide me with plenty of ideas for my own blog,  Decor Arts Now.

nyc thrift store books

Happy shopping.

Lynn, Decor Arts Now


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Author: Lynn Byrne

Lynn Byrne is the New York-based editor of Decor Arts Now, a design blog featuring decorative and fine art in the everyday. While Lynn has worn many hats in her day: lawyer, mother, interior designer, and now blogger, she credits her years at Sotheby’s as most influential on her point of view. As a young girl she proclaimed to her parents that she wanted to live a “cosmopolitan life,” and that is just what she does. You can count on Lynn to report on every stylish nook and cranny in her beloved New York City, its environs, Montauk, and the Hamptons.