The sharing place thrift store...
...is a popular East Harlem destination for high-quality new and gently-used clothing, shoes and housewares. We're known for offering unique finds and amazing steals, including top-brand and designer items. That's why New Yorkers voted The Sharing Place "Best Thrift Store in NYC" in a Daily News Contest! If East Harlem is new to you, follow your visit to The Sharing Place with a stop at some of our favorite local eateries: Evelyn's Kitchen, Patsy's Pizzeria and Hot Bread Kitchen in La Marqueta.
Established in 1997, The Sharing Place Thrift Store is an extension of LSA Family Health Service, a nonprofit that provides food pantry, health, education, and family support services to families in crisis in East Harlem and surrounding communities. Through The Sharing Place, LSA is able to offer free emergency goods to individuals and families in crisis (for people living in East Harlem area codes 10029/10035, with a referral from a social worker). In addition, all proceeds from sales at the store support family programs at LSA. Since its founding in 1958 by the Little Sisters of the Assumption, LSA has been an anchor institution in the neighborhood of East Harlem. Visit the LSA website HERE to learn more about what we offer the community and how you can help.
The following is an excerpt from the LSA Family Health Service blog, “The Sharing Place Celebrates its 20th Anniversary,” August 2017.
Besides being a favorite shopping destination for high-quality low-cost goods in the community, the store also provides free emergency goods to people in urgent need in area codes 10029 and 10035.
“We give out free vouchers to The Sharing Place when someone has an urgent need for clothing or household goods,” said Lucia Russett, Director of the Advocacy program. Vouchers are given upon referral by a social worker or case worker. There are many reasons why someone may receive a voucher: they may be living in a shelter with few personal belongings, need appropriate clothing for a work program, have suffered job loss or a fire in their apartment, or just be newly arrived to the neighborhood. In all cases, the customer has financial hardship. With the thrift store’s modest prices, the vouchers go a long way.
In 2014, when a building in East Harlem collapsed due to a gas explosion, LSA was able to receive and provide clothing and other household supplies to displaced residents with the help of The Sharing Place.
The store celebrates its 20th Anniversary on August 12, 2017 with one of its “Designer” sales: a curated selection of the store’s best items. Shoppers also enjoyed free giveaways and refreshments. The celebration continued on August 17th, National Thrift Shop Day, with additional discounts to the store’s regular weekly sales.
“You can find great deals here,” said Diamond, a regular Sharing Place shopper, as she tried on a blue silk jacket by Lorraine Parrish.