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Uptown gals will be thrilled to shop gently used and vintage designer finds curated by Decades, right here in our own neighborhood. Decades has transformed the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Thrift Shop into a veritable archive of couture, including socialite Lyn Revson’s immaculate contributions.
While the shoes are certainly a major draw, don’t ignore the racks of ready-to-wear. There are approximately 65 different chic Chanel boucle wool blazers ranging from $850 to $2000. The assortment and quality is arguably the best selection we have ever seen all in one place.
Those attending the Met Gala should browse the vintage Herve Leger, Emilio Pucci and Versace gowns. They are all truly Gala worthy. There is also considerable Prada/Shiaparelli selection of clothing. The real highlight, however, was a gorgeous black Alexander McQueen number worn by Christina Hendricks of Mad Men. Although this dress is $4000, most of the gowns are priced much more affordably.
Designer purses are scattered throughout the store, with various Chanel styles ranging from $450 to $3900. A classic 2.55 flap is naturally the most expensive. There is a good selection of vintage Hermes bags (think Kelly styles) courtesy of Revson for $850 to $2200. A green Balenciaga “first” small city bag is $600, which is well under most consignment prices. With a bit of searching you should find gently used or new Miu Miu, Burberry, Prada, Fendi, Tod’s, and Ferragamo handbags all 60% or more off retail.
The sale’s Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent jewelry are eye-catchers. Earrings will run you anywhere from $300 to $600 and necklaces are priced up to $1200, which is a bit steep for fashion jewelry.
The best part of this uptown venue is that Decades is donating 10% of the sale price to Sloan-Kettering’s Cancer Center. If all that isn’t enough to get you shopping, MadSpy readers have been invited to access the $150 shoe extravaganza early on Tuesday, May 1st from 5pm to 7pm. The sale opens to the public on Wednesday. The blowout sale will include Christian Louboutin, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Brian Atwood.
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Thrift Shop
1440 Third Avenue (between 81st and 82nd)
Tuesday, May 1st 10am – 5pm; 5pm – 7pm: Exclusive $150 Shoe Sale for MadSpy readers
Wednesday, May 2nd 10am – 5pm $150 shoe sale open to the public