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Living with COVID

Wow, perhaps that title had too much depth for this post but what can I say that hasn't been said about this pandemic? Our last days before the shutdown was March 17 and we reopened beginning of June. No mask, no entry.

We were flying low about it because there was a lot of mi...

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A Note From Tita :

A dos semanas de volver abrir las puertas a nuestros vecinos y amigas del barrio, quiero agradecer de corazon todas sus muestras de carino y buenos deseos para que sigamos adelante, siempre con la mision de traerlos lo mejor que ustedes nuestra gente merece.

Gracias de nuevo...

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First Week in the books!

We are very pleased with the reception we received from the neighborhood since our grand opening on Friday. It’s completely natural to feel nervous being the new guy, whether it’s work or school, there is nothing else to do except press forward with optimism. Many of th...

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Hello family and friends,

For those who are unaware or unfamiliar, we are El Barrio Thrift Store! Previously DBA as St. Cecilia's Thrift Store at Holy Agony Parish, we have been operating as one of East Harlem's earliest thrift stores! With over 15 years of experience--and after a br...

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a year ago
Had an amazing experience, the service was great and everyone was so helpful. It does seem to get busy in there but it didn’t interfere with my shopping experience whatsoever, they were just bringing in more things for us to select from. With the goods they have I’d be surprised if it wasn’t busy. If you ever go make sure to ask for Tita, she was super willing to make a deal with me 🙏.
- Damian N
2 years ago
Amazing store, you will stumble upon great finds at unbeatable prices. I bought two Pablo design floor lamps and a mid-century modern bar trolley for a fraction of its original retail price. The staff is incredible, friendly, super helpful. I totally recommend it!
- CH B
a year ago
I have found so many great pieces from this thrift store. I've had the most success at this store than any other thrift store in Manhattan. Prices are great! You just have to be patient and take your time in the store because there is a lot inside
- Chloe L

Who we are

El Barrio Thrift Store is a Non Profit second-hand store that aims to provide a unique shopping experience to the residents of Spanish Harlem. Unlike a typical retail location, El Barrio Thrifts Store offers resources that are typically unattainable for low income families in the neighborhood.  We are a source of relief to all members of the community in need; from newly immigrated families, people out of shelters, prisons, or other city rehabilitation programs, we do our best to get our own back on their feet. Our goal is to provide funding and support to projects that are effectively reinforcing Spanish Harlem sustainability and demonstrate this harmonious, flourishing community we call HOME.

Formerly St. Cecilia’s Thrift Shop at Holy Agony Church, El Barrio Thrift Shop is a volunteer operated thrift store with the financial backing of the New York Catholic Archdiocese. We have been in the community already for 15+ years and have witnessed growth and change in our backyard. The increasing secularism in society has negatively impacted the  importance of the Catholic Church at a local level and has hindered its progress. To add, a growing concern is that faithful followers are getting older as the division between younger audiences grow bigger. Unfortunately, religion lost its position as the center of community (for many reasons). It simply isn't as popular as it used to be. As an attempt to regain its place as a community builder, a retail charity became a successful alternative to connect everyone based on humanity. While we are a church organization, we do not preach religion to our customers. We would hate to make anyone feel uncomfortable or unwanted. This isn't the place for that.

Our store is a one-stop-shop for housing all your urban needs such as clothing, kitchenware, electronics, and especially furniture. We bring people together with our services and we aim to become an example of communion with volunteers dedicating their time to our mission. El Barrio Thrifts welcome people from all walks of life, faith and race.

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2123 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10029

Business Hours

Mon:10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Tue:10:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Wed:10:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Thu:10:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Fri:10:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Sat:12:30 AM – 5:00 PM
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