City Digz is kinda like “Ross meets Buffalo Exchange” explains store manager Adriana Perelson. The East Village thrift shop (1550 Market Street) has been open since March. It’s worth going slightly off the beaten path to check out.
City Digz is on the ground floor of an affordable-housing condominium called 16th and Market. The cool-yet-unpretentious thriftie is part of Father Joe’s Villages, so sales proceeds go to charity. The store accepts donations.
It’s the kind of place where you never know what you’re going to find. It’s developing a following—young and old, says Perelson—and if you put it on your To-Do list once a week, you’ll discover new treasures each time.
About three-fourths of the merchandise is new product; the other quarter is resale items. There are racks of men’s and women’s clothes—some t-shirts go for $1; I didn’t see anything over $20.
City Digz resells art, luggage, shoes, baby strollers and golf clubs. They have an extensive collection of record albums for a buck each. During my visit they had a red tandem bike with a $300 price tag on it. Perelson says she recently unloaded an $800 digital camera for $450.
If you’re lucky enough to come in when a flat-screen TV has arrived, you could pay as little as $400 for it. “The TVs go immediately,” says Perelson.
You should, too.
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