Long holiday weekends are perfect for three things: BBQs, sleeping in 'til noon and ridiculous sale shopping. I managed to do all three, finishing off the weekend with a trip to Unique Thrift Store's Brooklyn outpost to take advantage of the store's 50% off Memorial Day sale. Located near downtown Brooklyn's bustling Fulton Mall area, Unique Thrift Brooklyn is a huge outlet surrounded by mega retailers like Macy's, Zales and The Children's Place. While its entrance is relatively small and nondescript, inside, Unique takes after its department store neighbors, offering escalators, dressing rooms and multiple levels of clean, well-organized clothing, accessories and housewares.
I arrived with some friends and family at around 3pm, and since the 50% off sale had been running all day, the racks were pretty picked over. But because we had plenty of time to dig through the lower level (which houses books, housewares and women's clothing), we still managed to each fill a shopping basket to the brim. We found plenty of vintage clothing, as well as a few designer items, including a small, like-new Kate Spade purse snagged by my mom for just $3.50.
Taking the sale discount out of the equation, the majority of items we found were fairly priced, and with the discount, most of my pieces were in the $3-$5 range. I also managed to score a few new-with-tag items, including a Sparkle & Fade skirt retail priced at $48, and purchased for just $4. There were, however, a few finds that were priced inexplicably high--even at 50% off--and quickly returned to the rack. At check out, my total damage came to roughly $36 for a skirt, six tops, two dresses and a purse.
If you're thinking of visiting, Unique Brooklyn is a vast store that requires some patience, so go with plenty of time to spare. Also, I highly recommend waiting for the next 50% off holiday sale (you can get sale updates on the store's Facebook page!) or join the chain's VIP program, which makes you eligible for 25% off on VIP days, as well as other special offers. Happy hunting!
Unique Thrift Store - Brooklyn
408 Fulton St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201