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Queens’ first Buffalo Exchange to celebrate one-year anniversary in Astoria


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of Buffalo Exchange

ECLEEN CARABALLO

Queens’ first Buffalo Exchange will celebrate its one-year anniversary this weekend.

Last year, the thrift store, which has stores in Manhattan and Brooklyn, opened its fifth New York City location and first in the borough at 29-16 Ditmars Blvd. in Astoria

The 2,167-square-foot newly renovated Buffalo Exchange store, which offers shoppers new, used and vintage fashion items from high-end designers to everyday clothing, was previously used as a paint store, bank and most recently, a Hallmark Celebration store.

This Saturday’s birthday bash will include new clothing items, giveaways, prizes and snacks.

Store Manager Rocco Paone says he’s “excited to see how well of a turnout it will be because this is the first of its kind in Astoria.”

Buffalo Exchange first began reshaping the idea of “thrifting” in 1974 through its concept of recycling, or trading in former favorites.

Since then, the independently-owned, family operated and privately-held company has added 44 more stores to the company, including the one on Ditmars Boulevard, and Paone says it is interesting to see how it has evolved.

Visitors and frequent shoppers have welcomed the idea of the store in Astoria, said the store manager, and have told him that “it’s great to have some sort of different concept of retail in the neighborhood.”

The Aug. 9 first birthday celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 29-16 Ditmars Blvd.

 

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Ridgewood thrift shop shutting its doors


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Salvatore Licata


A Second Glance, a thrift store in Ridgewood, will be closing up shop later this month but hopes to make a comeback within the neighborhood soon.

Co-owners Aaron and Jola Amrhern, both 28 and residents of Ridgewood, said their storefront will be closing Aug. 17 because their sub-lease is up. They have generated a large following in their two years of leasing, at 61-65 Metropolitan Ave., and hope to find another spot nearby to keep serving them.

“I grew up two blocks from [the store]. This neighborhood is my home,” Aaron said. “We’re looking for another spot around here and hopefully we can continue to do what we love in this community.”

Once closed, a furniture store will take up the location, which will be operated by the property owner, according to the Amrherns. But they hope to continue to sell their unique items in the neighborhood again sometime in the winter. They said they have already looked at two nearby locations, one on Fresh Pond Road and one on Myrtle Avenue, but will keep shopping around until they find the right fit.

A Second Glance is no ordinary thrift shop, according to the Amrherns, who consider it more of an antique store because of the rich history many of the items have. Among many other items, they have a pair of J.J. Slater shoes from the 1800s; similar shoes can also be found on display on the Smithsonian Institution. The Amrherns once had a $15,000 bottle of A.E. Dor cognac from 1889, of which only two were made, come through the door.

“I won’t put just anything on my shelves,” Aaron, who finds most of his items while traveling, said. “I am very selective with my stuff.”

For now, they are having sales up to 50 percent off on some items. Everything that isn’t sold by the Aug. 17 will go to their warehouse.

Once the store closes, they are going on a two-week search for new antiques and items, which according to the couple, is their vacation. They said they hope the new items they find will be on display in their new store soon.

 

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Ridgewood thrift store finds new home for precious junk


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

For over three years, Alberto and Nanci Caceda squeezed antiques and clothes into their thrift shop on Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood until they could squeeze no more.

So now they’re moving a few doors down the street to a store that is twice the size of the current Gotham Thrift Shop.

The new store can hold everything they’ve accumulated over the years, much of which is currently piled in their store’s basement, the backyard and a two-car garage.

“We have too much junk,” said Alberto, who spent 10 years in the military, including two tours in Iraq. “Well, I call it junk but it’s not really junk. It’s precious junk to me and a lot of people.”

Rather than move everything from the old store to the new one, they’re going to try and sell as much as possible by marking everything down by 20 percent in June.

They hope to open the new location on June 14 and mark the opening with a huge sale.

On Monday, Alberto stood in the front of the gutted, empty new store on Myrtle Avenue. Nanci was inside hanging a sign on the glass display that said “Future Home of Gotham Thrift.”

As Nanci put the sign up, Diego Gonzalez, a local, approached Alberto with a blue bike. It was an English-made Dunelt bike, and Alberto arranged to sell it for Gonzalez with a seller’s commission.

With the new space and its 4,000 square feet, the married couple would be able to display more and bigger things like bikes. They also hope to hire a longtime customer. Their current store is hardly 2,000 square feet, according to Alberto, and is crammed with all sorts of things, including a cigarette vending machine, lamps from the ‘50s and ‘60s, cassettes tapes and typewriters.

The store also serves to preserve old things in the community. In 2011, when the thrift shop first opened, the couple bought shoes at an auction that were made in a shoe factory in Maspeth. And in storage, they have stained-glass windows from the almost-century-old Ridgewood Theater. The theater has since been bought by a development company, according to Curbed, and is expected to be converted into a condo.

“It’s fun to go around and see this cool stuff,” Alberto said. “I sometimes see really amazing things.”

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