Goodwill Opens in Greenwich Village

Posted On Monday, May 16th, 2011
Filed Under: Thrift Stores

Goodwill recently opened a new store and of course I had to drop in for a visit. The Greenwich Village location {44 West 8th St} is a curated boutique with a sizable number of vintage and upscale finds.

Upon first entering, I loved how spacious and organized it was. Racks were neatly separated by garments {skirts, tops, dresses, jeans, etc} and color coordinated making for an easy shopping experience.

The girly girl in me immediately headed towards the skirts. There were a ton of Target pieces priced at $7.99 or $12.99. I fell in love with {and purchased} this tulle number. The blush color is perfect for spring. It’s a little large at the waist but a belt can easily change that. *sorry for the grainy dressing room pic*

I made my way to the jacket and blazer rack only to find more Target pieces. This time, it was William Rast for Target. I thought the leather fringe jacket would be perfect in my closet, but the $100 price tag made me gasp. No seriously, I let out an audible gasp. I though maybe the price was a mistake, but no. Other duplicates of the jackets had the same ridiculous price tag.

A dozen William Rast denim shirts. $14.99

I’m a serious Goodwill fan, they even named me one of their Style Icons, but I wasn’t feeling the prices. The labels were great {tons of Ann Taylor, LOFT, Banana Republic and more} but I’m not paying $40 for them. Yes, it’s cheaper than full price but this is definitely the most expensive Goodwill I’ve been too.

Racks of cocktail dresses. $20-$40

Little black dresses with detailed necklines from Ann Taylor and J. Crew

I found this Ann Taylor sequin blazer and I nearly lost it. Anything with sequins needs to be an addition to my closet. It fit well and was $30 {still more than what a Goodwill blazer should cost, but oh well}. So imagine my level of ticked-off-ness when I turned it around and saw SAMPLE written in bright white ink. I reluctantly put the jacket back, knowing there was no way I’d be able to cover it up.

And there were many other pieces, mostly dresses, that had sample written on them as well. I could understand if it was written in an area that could be covered up, but that wasn’t the case.

I loved the beaded bodice on this dress but there were several stains.

The shoe section had some cute options ranging from pumps, sandals and wedges.

These color block sandals are right on trend. $14.99

The accessories counter was full of bold necklaces and vintage looking pendants and earrings. I purchased my most “expensive” secondhand accessory but it was worth it.

$20 for this beaded, statement piece

I looked endlessly for higher end, vintage pieces {because I thought that was the point of this new boutique}, but didn’t find any.

Bottom line: if you’re looking for a great cocktail dress or some unique accessories, this is the place for you. However, be prepared to pay a bit more than your typical Goodwill prices.

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10 thoughts on “Goodwill Opens in Greenwich Village

  1. Aww, I love that blazer. I’ve had that happen before where I find something i love and it has sample written on it 🙁

  2. The sample thing is new to me. That’s never happened to me! Re:  the prices….WOW! I choked when I found a Lanvin dress for $30 at Goodwill, so I would most DEFINITELY not pay anything more than $5 for anything from Target, etc. 

  3. My first thought was right after seeing those Target prices, I was like, “Wait, that’s what I would normally pay AT TARGET!” So I could already tell this was going to be an overpriced GW. I’m betting that over time they will not sell enough stuff and will eventually come down in price, so definitely check back in a few months and see if that happens.

    I can’t believe the way they mark the samples so that they are useless. They shouldn’t have even donated those to GW, since they are now pretty pieces of garbage! No one can wear it like that! Why don’t they mark sample on the inside of the clothing? I wouldn’t mind wearing a sample, but I don’t want the rest of the world to read a big sign telling them that I am!

  4.  I’m new to this whole thrifting thing…but why would they sell things that have sample written on it if it is permanent? 

    •  I wonder the same thing, why they bother selling the items with sample clearly written on them. 

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