City Pulse

By Charu Suri

Step into City Opera’s Thrift Store on the lower East Side and you’ll find yourself humming Va Pensiero from Verdi’s Nabucco every brisk step of the way. Twice a year, the Vintage Event is a not-to-be-missed hallmark for thrifty shoppers in the Big Apple. Amazing reruns at beyond believable prices are available to those fashion divas who care to show up early (trust me, they’ll be scooped up faster than you can say Andrea Bocelli).

Check out our podcast below. Jay Thompson describes some of the designer goodies you can expect to see if you visit (Dior, Pucci, Valentino and more!). The store is open starting today -oui mes amies- for about two weeks (or until the merchandise vanishes – which, by the looks of it, will be quicker than lightning). Anyone touches that Guy Laroche before I get there, I breakka you arm (as they say in the old country!).

All proceeds will benefit City Opera, and the thrift store is the only one of its kind in New York that benefits the Arts. Here’s the address:

222 East 23rd Avenue (between 2nd and 3rd)
P: 212 684 5344
W: http://www.nycopera.com/aboutus/thriftshop.aspx

Not in a mood to shop? Then donate your vintage clothing! Call the same line above to make a fashion chick really happy. Plus there are also some great home decorations in the upper level, but stay tuned for information on the Vintage Home event, which will be held in a few months.

Originally published March 2007
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