There was something oh so Manhattan about Monday’s party for the opening of the new Hell’s Kitchen Housing Works Thrift Shop. Sometimes there seems to be a never ending stream of early evening parties inside cramped but high-end thrift stores. We’ve seen it before at City Opera Thrift Shop and Second Time Around. It’s official: the thrift-store cocktail party is now the easiest place to get your picture taken under the guise of charity.
Luckily, Housing Works is truly a cause worth coming out for. Their ten New York City stores are widely regarded as the best places to hunt for vintage threads and antique furniture, but their dedication to quality vintage is surpassed by their commitment to serving the AIDS community. Since 1990, Housing Works has provided, “housing, medical and mental health care, meals, job training, drug treatment, HIV prevention education, and social support to more than 20,000 homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS.”