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September 28, 2011

Shakiyla Newland Reviews Buy the Bag

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Written by: Shakiyla Newland

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ast Saturday I headed to Long Island City, Queens to share in Housing Works much talked about September Buy the Bag event. After a minor address mix up — and an unneeded tour of Long Island City — I finally made it to the warehouse where the buying frenzy was held.

According to Housing Works,  there are three more Buy the Bag events set and ready for more thrifting madness. 

For those of you who are unfamiliar, Buy the Bag is a thrifting event sponsored by Housing Works where attendees can purchase clothing and accessories by the bag, priced at $25 per bag load. The proceeds go to a good cause, affordable housing for people with AIDS. I was able to walk away with some cool stuff but I will say that it was quite the experience.

I walked in to the warehouse only to see swarms of people and clothing just about everywhere but the ceiling. With only about hour to do my shopping I had no time to take in the crazy scene. I jumped in thrifter-mode and went sailing for some wardrobe treasures. This is what I picked up.

Tips for Shopping at Buy The Bag

According to Housing Works,  there are three more Buy the Bag events set and ready for more thrifting madness. If you’d like to attend, get the info from the Buy the Bag website. Now, before you mozy on down to the warehouse here are a few tips that will prepare you for a better shopping experience.

1. Bring extra bags

Although Housing Works provides the bag in which you have to stuff your things in to make your final purchase, having an extra bag will assist you while shopping and when you are lugging all of your goodies home.

2. Bring Gloves

You will be touching just about everything under the sun, so bring gloves to keep your hands safe and germ free.

3. Don’t expect an orderly shopping experience

If you don’t like disorganized shopping, please don’t go. You will not be happy. Clothes will not be hung from pretty fixtures or folded down in neat sections. Everything will be tossed around in large bins and, dare I say, it might even be scattered on the floor.

Happy Shopping!

About the Author

Shakiyla Newland
Shakiyla Newland
A Brooklynite with a love for fashion and beauty. I'm no guru but I'd like to think that I have an eye for what looks good.


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