Shopping at Salvation Army Thrift Stores in Brooklyn

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Brooklyn is filled with trendy boutiques and shops, but if you're on the hunt for some vintage threads and don't want to break the bank, visit the Salvation Army. In this environment, people want to give back, and shopping at charity based secondhand shops is a great way to help a cause while buying preexisting items.

Finding a Store

There are many Salvation Army Thrift Stores throughout the borough, and you can find a list of locations on their website.

The Salvation Army can be the perfect place to shop for cheap vintage clothes, dishes, furniture, lamps, and oddball finds. It's fabulous for Halloween, too. Find out where you can shop at Salvation Army thrift stores in Brooklyn, hours and locales. It's a great opportunity to check out a Brooklyn neighborhood. And if you want to get rid of old stuff, the site tells you how organize a pick up for donating goods to the Salvation Army in Brooklyn.

The Salvation Army runs various kinds of services in Brooklyn, including some pickup services, drop off services, thrift shops, and community services. If you're in the mood to shop at a Salvation Army thrift store, you're in luck because they have outposts all over Brooklyn. One particular location that stands out is the Boerum Hill location, located on bustling Atlantic Avenue, at 436 Atlantic Avenue between Nevins Street and Bond Street. The store has a great selection of clothes and housewares.

The Salvation Army is very picky with the furniture and clothes they accept, so you know you'll find high-quality merchandise at any location. Although if you are planning on donating, you might be frustrated when they reject your items. Another popular Salvation Army shop is the Clinton Hill location on 22 Quincy Street between Classon Ave and Downing St.

Call individual stores for hours. Most are open 10-6, with some variations. Note that none of the Salvation Army's thrift stores are open on Sundays. Also, if you want to donate, many Salvation Army locations offer to pick up. Just to note, your goods must be in excellent condition or that might turn them down.

Other Secondhand Stores

In addition to visiting the Salvation Army, there are many stores in Brooklyn that cater to the vintage and secondhand market. Add these five places to your list. Some are charity based, while others are simply secondhand stores. Many of these shops sell books, so you can skip the trip to the used bookstore and find your next good read on the shelves of these spots.

1. ​Green Village Used Furniture and Clothing

This used furniture and clothing store in Bushwick also carries a good selection of books and props. Housed in 10,000 square feet on 276 Starr Street, you can easily spend a day perusing the aisles of the store.

2. Beacon's Closet

With three locations in Brooklyn (Park Slope, Greenpoint, and Bushwick), Beacon's Closet has a well-curated collection of secondhand clothes and shoes.

3. Housing Works

There are three Housing Works locations in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Height's location in the heart of Montague is a must visit.

The racks are filled with a fine assortment of clothes at reasonable prices. Shop at all three locations, including the popular Park Slope storefront, and give back by buying goods.

4. Goodwill

Head to Goodwill on Livingston Street in Downtown Brooklyn. The enormous storefront shop is filled with clothes, books and furniture. After you've finished shopping, explore this vibrant area of Brooklyn.

5. Buffalo Exchange

This secondhand store has locations throughout the US. There are two shops in Brooklyn, where you'll find high-quality secondhand clothes. Although Buffalo Exchange isn't a charity shop, they do a lot to give back. Check out their website for a list of their charitable and environmentally friendly initiatives.

Edited by Alison Lowenstein