Yes, thrift and secondhand stores are great for getting good deals on gently-used new clothing brands, but if you're anything like me, you're heading there for the funky stuff, and not the marked-down Target merch.
From my experience, the best stuff is usually found in the smaller thrift stores. If you're looking for some awesome thrift scores in Albany here are a couple of don't-miss shops.
260 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12210
Hours: M-F, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The lowdown: You've seen this place if you've driven down Washington Avenue. It's the one with the awesome window displays. Sorry fellas, this shop only caters to the ladies. And while it's mainly clothes and accessories, you can find a few decent books and knickknacks tucked in amongst the sweaters and skirts. There are great sales, friendly clerks and the money goes to help support the Clearview Center.
The pants selection is usually a little lacking, and the dresses here are definitely the thing to go for. The wedding dress selection is remarkably large too, there's dressing rooms and the store boasts an impressive plus-sized selection. Check the shoe rack too for some sweet pumps. Anything that's been in the store for more than two months is typically marked off. Be sure to bring quarters for the parking meters outside! And you can leave your credit cards at home. Great finds only accepts cash and checks.
Fave finds: I'm all about the "vintage" rack here. I totally wanted this button-up floral dress with matching belt ($12) and this very cool turquoise half-kimono for $10. I also fell in love with a button-up white blouse with a ruffled collar for $3. The selection of $7 detachable fake fur collars were also hard to resist.
The Treasure Chest
295 Hamilton St
Albany, NY 12210
Hours: M-F, 11-6; Saturday 10-4.
The lowdown: The clothes section here is nothing special. Go here for the impressive and affordable book selection, and to find funky housewares. If you're looking for bar ware, you'll find a great selection. A set of small martini glasses for $4? Yes, please!
Fave finds: I'm still a little in love with this retro popcorn bowl set I found here two years ago for $3. The lettering is totally vintage-cool and it came with three, matching smaller bowls. I use this set all the time! I also had a really hard time resisting this vintage typewriter (best offer).
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