St. Peter's Thrift Shop

Petes Sake

Thrift-tastic deals from St. Peter's

By Jessica Pasko

Years ago to get to the thrift shop at St. Peter's Hospital you'd have to go through a winding series of hospital hallways, past doors labeled with the biohazard symbol. And the place was only open one day a week.

Fortunately, you don't have to do that anymore. The place has come a long way since then, and now it has a delightfully pun-tastic name to boot.

For Pete's Sake is one of those rare thrift stores that has great selections for women and men. There's also a decent selection of housewares and gently-used toys. Oh, and it's very well-priced and staffed by volunteers- mainly in the form of sweet, grandmotherly types. I'm sold.

Fave finds:
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I debated for an inordinately long time over whether I should get this awesome 80s black cocktail dress for 10 bucks, but I decided that a girl can only have so many fancy cocktail dresses she rarely wears. Unfortunately, I think I've reached my limit. I also went a little nuts over these adorable vintage clutch purses, which were a total steal at one dollar a piece.

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The tie and blazer section was pretty impressive. I scored my boy an awesome turquoise tie (the one in the picture at the top) for 50 cents! He claims is the perfect thickness for creating the perfect dimple. What can I say? He's a little particular. I also found a ton of awesome vintage slips for 50 cents each and I definitely plan on dyeing a handful in jewel-tone hues soon.

Earlier on AOA: Jess checked out two thrift stores in downtown Albany last week.

Find It

For Pete's Sake
583 New Scotland Ave.(on the corner of S. Allen)
Albany, NY 12208

Mon: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tues-Fri: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sat 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


That dress is truly something. Keep these coming, Jess. I love them.

*points up*

What Naomi said!

I am one of the Co-Chair's of For Pete's Sake, "A Thrifty Place" and have been runnig the shop with absolutely wonderful volunteers for 7 years. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments. We all pride ourselves in the wonderful bargains we have, the caring workers who will assist you at all times in your searches for that "great deal", and to our hundreds of customers, who have helped to spread the word about us.
"St. Peter's Auxiliary touches people's lives daily, centering its volunteer services on compassionate programs and activities created to address the needs of the St. Peter's Health Care Services community".
Please continue to spread the word about us, come and check us out, and let us know just how we can help you.
Please click on the For Pete's Sake link to see our hours and days of operation.
Margie Kirsch

I always feel good donating my things here. I love that they go back to the community at very resonable prices and they help support a great cause. And the ladies that run the shop are beyond lovely. A++++

It was my first time there, and it was a pleasent experience, everything was nice and clean. The ladies were very helpful and so funny. Cant wait to go back again, where else can you get Bostonian shoes for $10. :)

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