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A Newly Jazzed-Up Thrift Shop Celebrates Six Years With a Blowout

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Photos courtesy Cure Thrift Shop

Cure Thrift Shop marks its sixth year in operation next Friday with live music, an open bar, a raffle and dashing duds. Liz Wolff, founder of the East Village vintage haven, says it has been stockpiling its most exciting inventory for months so that party-goers can purchase them at the party.
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Shira Entis of Fleabags Goes Thrifting at Atlantis Attic

We give fashionable locals a place to go and they get All Dressed Up.

Shira outside Atlantis Attic.

Shira outside Atlantis Attic.

Shira went straight to the intimidating, thickly-packed rack of t-shirts, and scrounged up an “A#1 Grandpa!” tee and a shirt with a faded iron-on print of a cooing infant to try on. “Look at this person’s baby!” she said. Neither one made the final cut.

Shira went straight to the intimidating, thickly-packed rack of t-shirts, and scrounged up an “A#1 Grandpa!” tee and a shirt with a faded iron-on print of a cooing infant to try on. “Look at this person’s baby!” she said. Neither one made the final cut.

Shira also lingered over the jean cutoffs, lamenting that the store cut them too short. She tried on at least six pairs. “The saddest part is these jean shorts, none of them fit.”

Shira also lingered over the jean cutoffs, lamenting that the store cut them too short. She tried on at least six pairs. “The saddest part is these jean shorts, none of them fit.”

This pair says “Pussy” in glow-in-the-dark ink, and Shira did not try them on.

This pair says “Pussy” in glow-in-the-dark ink, and Shira did not try them on.

“I have come here before and spent hours accidentally,

“I have come here before and spent hours accidentally," she told us.

 “The one problem with this space is that it’s not a sure bet,” said Shira. “You strike it hot or you don’t.”

“The one problem with this space is that it’s not a sure bet,” said Shira. “You strike it hot or you don’t.”

Shira landed on a pair of Converses, having no luck with the heels and booties. “I wear Converses all the time,

Shira landed on a pair of Converses, having no luck with the heels and booties. “I wear Converses all the time," she said. "I wear them until they have holes in them."

She chose a much dressier shirt than the tees she had first been eyeing. “My mom used to have so many of these embroidered shirts,” she said. “So I think I instinctively look for them.”

She chose a much dressier shirt than the tees she had first been eyeing. “My mom used to have so many of these embroidered shirts,” she said. “So I think I instinctively look for them.”

Shira took one look at the scarf rack, and grabbed one made of speckled pink-and-brown chiffon. “I like the color pink, and it feminizes the outfit,” she said. “Otherwise, I’d look like a 12 year-old boy.”

Shira took one look at the scarf rack, and grabbed one made of speckled pink-and-brown chiffon. “I like the color pink, and it feminizes the outfit,” she said. “Otherwise, I’d look like a 12 year-old boy.”

She paired it with a forest green two-button sweater, which she also chose without much deliberation. “It’s a nice color and fit,” she said. “It feels weird shopping for sweaters now, but I wanted one.”

The purse she chose, which has a Fendi logo and cost more than twice as much as all the other bags, sparked a great debate and examination of stitching quality. “It’s got to be fake. But they are charging $30 because they think it’s real,” she said. “But what’s wrong with a fake Fendi?”

The purse she chose, which has a Fendi logo and cost more than twice as much as all the other bags, sparked a great debate and examination of stitching quality. “It’s got to be fake. But they are charging $30 because they think it’s real,” she said. “But what’s wrong with a fake Fendi?”

Is it fake? What do you think?

Is it fake? What do you think?

“I don’t know what kind of stain that is,” She said of her chosen jorts, a looser version of the pair she came in with. “But if you’re going buy something used, it’s okay. It’s part of the history of the outfit.”

“I don’t know what kind of stain that is,” She said of her chosen jorts, a looser version of the pair she came in with. “But if you’re going buy something used, it’s okay. It’s part of the history of the outfit.”

Shira’s final outfit: “This is like, what I would wear to paint a house,” she said. “I actually like this outfit.”

Shira’s final outfit: “This is like, what I would wear to paint a house,” she said. “I actually like this outfit.”

Outfit price: $10 converse + $5 shirt + $1 scarf + $5 sweater + $30 (fake) Fendi + $5 jorts = $56 total ($26 without the Fendi)

Shira Entis, co-founder of Williamsburg-based tote shop Fleabags and thrift shopper extraordinaire, met Bedford + Bowery by the Graham L wearing a Goofy t-shirt with many holes and her own sewn-on patches. She combined it with a heavy silver necklace inlaid with turquoise, frayed jorts, and a straw sunhat tied with a black ribbon.
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A Tale of Two Thrift Shops, Side By Side and Worlds Apart

Precious and Shauna (Photo: Erika Smith)

Precious and Shauna (Photo: Erika Smith)

On Knickerbocker Avenue, two neighboring thrift stores have nearly identical prices — and yet there doesn’t seem to be a heck of a lot of crossover between their clientele.

At Urban Jungle, artfully arranged bric-a-brac (a toboggan! a skateboard!) hangs from the ceiling and the colorfully painted walls. Twenty-somethings snatch up the type of cut-off jorts and camo jackets that are featured on the store’s blog (sample post: “Vintage Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch Cassette Tape”). Outside, they pose against one of the nearby murals for Instagram shots of their own. Keep Reading »