Patrick McKeon is the Tibor Kalman of thrift shops... Ever since Housing Works
introduced the concept of "Salvation Armani" in the mid-1990s, NYC thrift shops have been drifting upmarket. At Angel Street Thrift Shop
, McKeon, a soft-spoken man who did his "display" training at Bonwit Teller, has turned the merchandising of used clothes, furniture, and odd domestic artifacts into a small art form.
"I put stories together," says McKeon, who redoes the windows every two weeks and turns over the entire store inventory seasonally. Thanks to McKeon and his staff -- and a wonderful, bright location on 17th Street, a.k.a. Thrift Shop Alley -- Angel Street is perhaps the most sophisticated thrift shop in town.
Update: Angel Street Thrift Store has added a new location at 67 Guernsey Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The hours are Wed-Sat 11:00-6:00 pm and Sunday 12:00-5:00 pm.Related Links:
• City Opera Thrift Shop
• Calvary/St.George's Furniture Thrift Shop
• Top Shops 2006: Best Thrift Shop?
• AT's Thrift Store Guide
(ReEdited from 2004-05-25 - MGR)