NEW YORK—New Yorkers looking for unique, gently used furnishings often head to a Housing Works thrift stores where some of the city’s finest cast-offs turn up. There are a dozen locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn and sales benefit the organization which serves people affected by and living with HIV/AIDS. Once a year, patrons get the chance to purchase new items from Housing Works. More than 50 interior designers participated in the annual “Design on a Dime” benefit, creating room vignettes with new furniture and accessories for sale to the public for more than 50 percent off retail prices.
A special preview reception was held on April 26 (with attendees getting first dibs on selections) and the public sale was April 27 and 28 at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Each day, as purchases were made, the offerings dwindled, breaking down the comprehensive design of each space. Today was the final day, and although the pickings were slim, interesting art remained on display, and innovative wall coverings and creative accessories could still be found.
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