Updated: Housing Works Opens Saturday on Montague St.!

Go shop for treasures or drop off gently used goods. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. at 150 Montague St.

For all your questions about what donations they do or don’t accept, click here.

UpdateFrom Housing Works (Oct. 21, 2019):

Housing Works, a NYC non-profit organization that provides advocacy, support, and lifesaving services to those impacted by homelessness and HIV/AIDS, announced the opening of its newest retail location. The latest addition to the Housing Works chain of Thrifts Shops, located at 150 Montague Street, will open in Brooklyn Heights on October 26, 2019.

150 Montague Street marks a return to the Brooklyn neighborhood after the closing of the original Brooklyn Heights location in 2017.  It is the 14th Housing Works Thrift Shop location in New York City and the third shop in Brooklyn, which includes stores in Park and South Slope. “We’re so excited to be returning to Brooklyn Heights, “ said Cheryl Grimm, VP of Housing Works Thrift Retail, “We love this neighborhood and are looking forward to greeting both new and returning shoppers.”

The Shop, operating 11am- 7pm Monday-Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday, will showcase Housing Works’ signature selection of highly curated fashion and accessories including menswear and womenswear  as well as home decor and furnishings.

Housing Works Thrift Shops are well-known by discerning fashionistas, stylists, and interior decorators for their selection of high-end discounted designer merchandise. Each retail location is expertly stocked with high-quality items that are thoughtfully displayed to showcase clothing and accessories from the biggest names in fashion as well as unique home décor.

All shop sales benefit Housing Works, which has been fighting homelessness and HIV/AIDS for nearly 30 years.

From Instagram @housingworks

From Instagram @housingworks

From Instagram @housingworks

From Instagram @housingworks

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  • Andrew Porter

    However, the rules as to what you can donate have changed. Nothing that requires an electrical plug is being accepted. Also no appliances. High-end housewares, yes. Didn’t ask about furniture.

  • Eddyde

    I suppose one of the reasons they no longer accept electrical/appliances is due to their rather draconian policy that such items were not tested and not returnable/refundable. Basically you were taking a chance if something worked, if it didn’t you were screwed.

  • http://www.yotamzohar.com StudioBrooklyn

    With electronics and appliances, whether something “works” isn’t necessarily a question of whether it just turns on. I’d guess they just don’t have the capacity to test all aspects of every item’s functionality.

    For example, maybe a used computer keyboard appears to respond when plugged into a PC, but the “Q” key doesn’t work—something you might not discover on your own keyboard until a day or two after the malfunction first occurred.

    HW’s employees would have to rigorously test every electronic appliance that came through their system if they were to be able to offer returns or refunds for them, and I suspect that’s just not a worthwhile endeavor. In fact, one rarely hears of used goods being returnable.

  • Eddyde

    I get that testing every electrical item is beyond reason. But in lieu of that, they should offer returns on those items. It’s no biggie if you’re out $10 for a busted DVD player or bought a non working lamp that could be easily be rewired but I’ve seen some electronic item there over a hundred dollars. Case in point, they had an oscilloscope at their Park Slope Store tag $650.00 which was a good deal if it worked. I asked if I could at least test it in the store, they refused. Don’t know what ever happened to it, I doubt anyone would take a chance on it for that kind of dough, I certainly wouldn’t.

  • http://www.yotamzohar.com StudioBrooklyn

    I suspect it’s an ROI question for any secondhand store. While returning something might be a net zero loss/gain on the customer’s end, on the retail end returns come with some degree of loss because they have to pay people to process them and so on, and that’s before we get to the possibility of customers abusing such a policy.