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“Besides the fact that the service is lame, the clothing barely rivals the selection at your neighborhood Salvation Army (which happens to be my preferred venue) - Beacon's Closet also manages in its spare time to function as a microcosm of all that is wro”
“best thrift store in NYC”
“racks are okay, service is awful”
“on the positive side i made a combined 90 something dollars in store credit and got to get some nice clothes for cheap.”
Doesn't even deserve a star.
Unfortunately you can't rate a business without a star so the one is the only thing to do. Like other reviewers I wish to GOD that I had checked it out prior to lugging *5* huge black garbage bags worth clothing there, MANY with the tags STILL on them only to be told there was nothing they would purchase but that I could donate it.
What a freakin' rip off these people are—instead of these hipsters in Park Slope try 'The Monk' on Christopher Street in the Village. They don't buy clothes off of you, but they have a great vintage selection at really affordable prices!
Too Expensive and many issues. Not sure how they decide to price the items to be sold but it was upsetting to see how expensive these items were. So, basically you sell your items and receive little to nothing for them and then they resell these same items for double the price? How is this ok/fair? Some people who shop there sincerely think that they are getting a deal but really you are better off going to a Marshalls or a TJ Maxx.
Waste of time and $. Do not shop here unless you love digging through trash! Sure, I have tried to shop here before, but it is always a huge pain in the bu++: Because most of their items are garbage. Do not even try to sell them anything. It takes hours and they are super-picky and only buy small sizes! Complete waste of time! Do not go!
clothes treated like dirt.
I have to agree with all the other reviews that complain about the disrespectful attitude of the staff at Beacon's Closet.
I recently went to there to drop off some items to make a little extra cash. I wish I had read others' reviews on here before wasting my time.
Some of the clothes were brand new, the rest had been worn just a few times. Some of them delicate cashmere/ woolen/ silk/ embroidered items. Labels included Sisley, J. Crew, Club Monaco, Banana Republic, etc. All clothes were a size 6 or a medium and they were all in far better shape than the usual offerings in Beacon's Closet - no B.O. smell, not as worn, etc.
I didn't mind that not all my clothes were accepted, but I was SHOCKED to see how carelessly they had been treated - they were balled up and shoved back in the bags like trash. This is beyond unacceptable, particularly in the case of my delicate clothes that I described above.
It's not like I expected my clothes to be returned to me neatly folded, but *some* effort should have been made. I appreciate that the staff might be busy, but I would rather wait longer and have my items treated with care.
When I politely pointed this out to the girls who returned my bag of clothes, they got all 8itchy and waved me away when I asked for the items that they *did* want to be returned to me.
I am so disgusted with the attitude of the staff that I will never set foot in that store again. I'll stick with eBay, thanks!
racks are okay, service is awful. I've bought a few great things from the store but they def have problems there. I put something on hold there yesterday and the guy said that it would be there today...so, I went back. Before going to the counter, i looked at the racks again and found the thing that I put on hold! They talk about people's clothes in front of others. One of the girls called a dress "ugly" but it looked so similar to a lot of other things there and to her co-worker's dress. I agree with other reviewers. They judge the clothes that you bring in bags by what you are wearing that day. so, if you want to sell your clothes there, make sure you are not wearing your office clothes. The way that I see it, however, is that they really missed out on some great Ella Moss, Ollie, and Bebe clothing. Their loss! Don't be offended if they don't take your clothes! They don't even look at them!
back to ebay.. Some pf the girls that work in the Park Slope store are horrible. They openly talk about people shopping there. It takes you right back to 5th grade gym class. I have store credit there which makes me crazy. As soon as I've used it up, I'm done with Beacons. I left that kind of nonsense behavior behind when I graduated junior high.
I have donated there many times and have received variable levels of service but most recently was the worst.
We loaded up a cab from NYC and showed up 40 minutes before closing time and were turned away because it was too late. We did not have the option to leave the bags- which is what we wanted to do regardless.
I will not be donating there any longer.
i've been to beacon's closet twice with clothes to sell and haven't really been dissappointed. i do not dress like a hipster...nor do i exude any "hipster pheremones"...and they still bought my things so i think that people feeling judged might be a little paranoid.
my experience overall wasn't anything amazing but it certainly wasn't as bad as others have described. i'll admit the workers are kind of bored and snooty looking, but thats really their preogative. i don't expect them to personally make my shopping experience super special or anything. i also wished they'd taken more of my clothes...but i assume that if they accepted everything and had to pay me for it in return...they wouldn't make as much money for themselves and that's fine with me because because it is their business. i know they didnt steal from me because they didn't even ask to keep my clothes for donation.
on the positive side i made a combined 90 something dollars in store credit and got to get some nice clothes for cheap. the jackets and shoes seemed like especially good buys...though bear in mind: i sold shoes to them because the shoes really hurt my feet...others may be doing the same!
i think if you go for the purpose of trading clothes you dont wear for stuff you actually would wear than its a win win situation. if you are just trying to make money you might feel ripped off.
I couldn't agree any more with all of the negative reviews I've read about Beacon's Closet.
I've been in the shop a couple of times prior to my visit today, and I was never impressed by their collection.
However, I figured I'd bring over a bunch of great shoes that I no longer wear and several cute handbags. The girl who took my name and my two bags had a bit of an attitude with me at first, but I thought nothing of it. She told me to wait for 45 minutes...Well, I hung out in the store, looked around for a while. I went over to her after 45 minutes and she ignored me for a while, asked me what my name was 3 times and handed me my 2 bags, stating, "We can't use any of this -thanks." Every single item in both bags hadn't been touched. They were placed exactly as I had initially lft them. She didn't look at anything at all. I was stunned (maybe I was naive thinking I would be treated equally as any hipster would've been treated). Don't go there if you're any of the following: friendly, attractive or have a decent sense of style. I'll never go back...
Beacon's Closet - Maybe you can't shine sh@#t, but you sure can sell it overpriced!. The Beacon's Closet experience is a lot like entering one of those Jersey Shore traveling fairs. When you first show up all the lights and colors and music can be distracting and a little exciting. But about a half hour into your visit, you've spent all your money on cr@p, you feel a little sick and any remaining joy is destroyed by the faint smell of B.O. permeating the armpits of surrounding garments. My advice - you can find the same caliber of clothing on the sale r@ck at Forever 21 - only it's new - and costs about a tenth the price of it's doppelganger jammed onto an overcrowded r@ck at Beacon's Closet. Besides the fact that the service is lame, the clothing barely rivals the selection at your neighborhood Salvation Army (which happens to be my preferred venue) - Beacon's Closet also manages in its spare time to function as a microcosm of all that is wrong with Williamsburg. Scamming people for their old clothes then marking them up to sell to trust fund babies who are trying to pass is the antithesis of a "Thrift" store. Let's just call a spade a spade folks: If you want to visit a thrift store, look up the Salvation Army, if you want to simultaneously burn your trust fund while fooling all your friends that you're slummin - then go buy my target sweater from 2003 currently hanging on the red r@ck, with the tags ripped off, and pay twice as much for it as I did. *this has been censored by citysearch.
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