Housing Works Best of Spring Finds: Bally and Giorgio Armani

As a thrift store and sale aficionado, it is my duty to disclose one of NYC’s best shopping events; Housing Work’s Best of Spring Sale. Housing Works is a nonprofit that sells donated clothing, accessories and furniture to benefit people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. During their annual Best of Spring Sale, each of the 12 locations are restocked with a bevy of designer duds and specialty items.

It’s essentially the Barneys warehouse sale equivalent for broke chicks!

See what I found this year at the TriBeCa location:

Although I didn’t encounter an anticipatory line, it was only a matter of minutes before I found myself tiptoeing between artsy young professionals, government agency working label whores, and maybe a local or two cramming everything they could find into shopping crates.

The jewelry counter was crowded with foreign elderly white ladies and gay men working in theater, often holding up their jewelry loops to find hidden value or a sturdy pair for a performance, drag or otherwise.

Bally Wallet_Housing Works Best of Spring

Amongst a pile of wallets, I spotted the soft sheen of gorgeous black leather contrasting with gold plating. With a French closure coin purse attached, the style seemed a bit dated, but compared with the endurance of today’s plating you see the quality a mile away. The “B” logo I spotted also intrigued me, so I snatched it for $12 only to confirm my suspicions at home that was indeed a Bally wallet…for $12.

Bally Wallet_Housing Works Best of Spring_2
Money was not included…


My second discovery wasn’t a bargain compared to the first, but if retold to the world of haute couture, it would have astounded. A silk-lined black blazer in the style of a collarless bolero that meets a silk waistband, blossoming into a feminine peplum. It’s the signature way Giorgio Armani integrates the trademark designs of the past (in this case the 40’s) with sleek Italian tailoring that still complements a woman’s curves.

Giorgio Armani Blazer_Housing Works Best of Spring 2016

Needless to say, I’m booking my calendar for next year.

More information about the Housing Works Best of Event


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