Thrift shops are a dime a dozen in Brooklyn. The neighborhood is the birthplace of hipsterdom after all, which lends itself to the pulse of this trendy borough. If you were scavenging for thrift store gold before scavenging for thrifted items was cool, you’ll love the Thing in the Greenpoint area, one of Brooklyn’s greatest consignment shops.
One step inside beyond the nondescript storefront and you’ll realize it: you’ve entered dusty, secondhand, thrift shop nirvana. The Thing consists of two floors, the top of which is home to everything from used furniture to actual vintage clothing, and the bottom of which contains more vinyl records than you could ever conceive of fitting in such a small space.
In a New York Times article published in 2006, Nathanial Rich explains, “From street level, it is indistinguishable from the other thrift stores scattered along Manhattan Avenue. Its main floor is a crowded mishmash of ramshackle furniture, rusty automobile parts, strangers’ photograph albums, used paperbacks and winter jackets.”
He then goes on to describe the lower level of the shop, “But far in the back, a narrow staircase leads to a dank, low-ceilinged basement, where, under harsh fluorescent lights, is a sight to awe any vinyl enthusiast: three long aisles of floor-to-ceiling shelves packed tightly with tens of thousands of records. Crowding the aisles, and blocking many of the shelves, are stacks of milk crates filled with more records. Every record sells for $2. They are not sorted in any way.”
Back then the store was reportedly home to around 100,000 records, none of which were kept in any kind of order. Today, the shop’s collection is more prolific than ever, making it a true consignment gem. The Thing has something for everyone even if they aren’t looking for it, and offers even more to those who love collecting records (and don’t mind sifting through the chaos for hours before finding something special to bring home).
Make sure to head over to the Thing the next time you’re in Greenpoint!