Madison Avenue in the 80s and 90s may be lined with charming boutiques, but Carnegie Hill residents in the know will tell you: One of the neighborhood’s best shopping opportunities happens three Saturdays a year, when the 90th Street doors of Heavenly Rest are flung open and buyers swarm in to browse for bargains in clothing and shoes for adults and children (including designer labels and some jewelry and accessories,) as well as home furnishings, literary best-sellers, and quality toys.
Heavenly Rest’s periodic Thrift Sales offer a rare win-win-win situation. Parishioners get a chance to clear their closets. Customers literally line up before the doors open to pick up high-end merchandise at rock-bottom prices. And volunteers– both those engaged in pre-sale sorting/pricing sessions and those who work the sales floor on Thrift Sale Saturdays — enjoy some fellowship as they help their church. On top of all this, Heavenly Rest’s coffers are enriched, and nothing goes to waste – unsold items are packed up after the sale and donated to social services organizations upstate.
Donations can be dropped off at the church office during business hours at 2 East 90th Street.