Housing Works is the thrift-shop retail arm of parent company Housing Works Inc., which provides lifesaving services for homeless New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. Not only is Housing Works a philanthropic endeavor, it also provides curated thrift shopping for style-savvy New Yorkers, with 10 shops around the city.
Different locations are known for varying specialities, from fashion on the Upper West Side to the wonderful bookstore in SoHo. The best location for interiors and home? Housing Works Chelsea on West 17th Street.
- The 4,000-square-foot space is the second-largest Housing Works location in the city. Heavy store traffic means the store receives a truck delivery of merchandise every day
- Housing Works Chelsea has been open for 18 years
- A wide range of customers frequent the store, from die-hard thrifters and designers to people looking for affordable decorating and style options
- Product range includes furniture, homewares and books alongside men’s and women’s clothing and accessories
- The stores are run and many products curated by Housing Works volunteers, including many successful business- and design-oriented New Yorkers who dedicate their time to the Housing Works cause
Housing Works puts its most prized finds in the store’s windows, as well as for auction online. These items are often designer pieces or valuable antiques and can be bid on for weeks at a time. The best way to keep track of the auctions’ timings is online at www.shophousingworks.com.
Though the array of product up for auction is seemingly abundant, Erika Hudson, vice president of operations, told WGSN: “Our biggest challenge is always getting designer product donations. Our sales are running up about 5% yet donations are down about 10% with less designer goods.”
- Iron wheeled coffee table, bidding closed at $530
- Hand woven kilim rug, current bid $75
- W.A. Boleyn silver dish, bidding closed at $228
Housing Works Chelsea
143 West 17th St
New York, NY
Tel: +1 (718) 838 5050