Shop Talk: St. George's Thrift Shop
Tucked underground between Park Ave. and Lexington in Gramercy, St. George's Thrift Shop is a small church-affiliated joint that feels a lot like your elderly grandma's walk-in closet. The store is filled with plenty of "mature" looks that probably once served as a retiree's Sunday best, but hidden among the dated duds and 80s pantsuits are plenty of vintage gems just waiting to be restyled and refreshed. When I visited last week, I found several great, ready-to-wear vintage pieces--including a sweet printed shirt dress and beautiful wool blazer--plus some modern stuff, like an American Apparel chiffon top.
Admittedly, the shop is slightly cramped and a little musty, but both conditions help keep the crowds away, making it all the more fun for seasoned thrifters. Its smaller size also makes it more manageable, meaning you can review the entire store in less than 45 minutes. And don't be put off by St. George's relatively high prices--the store hosts plenty of rotating sales, and clothes were 50% off (and winter clothes priced at only $1!) during my last two trips. I recommend swinging by to check the store's small chalkboard sign out front, which advertises any sales, or simply ask one of the shop's friendly staff members.
Another bonus is St. George's proximity to Thrift Row (the stretch of E. 23rd between Lexington and 2nd Ave.), making the store an easy stop to add to your Goodwill at 23rd, Cauz for Pawz or Housing Works Gramercy visits. To see more photos of the shop, and some other great finds, check out the slideshow below!
St. George's Thrift Shop
61 Gramercy Park N.
New York, NY 10010