Beacon's Closet

★★★☆☆
  • 220 5th Ave

    Brooklyn, NY 11215

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  • 718-230-1630

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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

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★★★★★

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

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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

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★★★★★

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

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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!

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★☆☆☆☆

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!

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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!

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★☆☆☆☆

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!

Pros: absolutely not a single one.

Cons: snooty, rude staff who treat your clothes like dirt.

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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!

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★★☆☆☆

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!

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: You find great stuff.

Cons: Some of the employees are horrrrrrrrrrible.

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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.
Too bad.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.
Too bad.

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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.

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★★★★☆

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.

Pros: cheap prices, lots of selection

Cons: too many costumey pieces that were a little too cheesey to be wearable

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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...

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★☆☆☆☆

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...

Cons: Everything

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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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★☆☆☆☆

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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I was preparing to take a few pieces of clothing down to good ol' Beacon's Closet, and remembered how totally rude the staff was last time I was there selling. Logged on to citysearch and wow, I guess it wasn't just me they were rude to.

I'm taking my clothes to Housing Works, where they can help other people. Maybe you should, too.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was preparing to take a few pieces of clothing down to good ol' Beacon's Closet, and remembered how totally rude the staff was last time I was there selling. Logged on to citysearch and wow, I guess it wasn't just me they were rude to.

I'm taking my clothes to Housing Works, where they can help other people. Maybe you should, too.

Cons: rude staff

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I took in some great name brand items. The girl who sorted through my stuff was really rude along with the rest of the staff. They seem to think having a job sorting through other peoples old clothes made them Queens... They need a reality and an attitude check. Don't even bother taking your items for sale unless you have an earring that goes through one ear and comes out your nose. The person before me selling her items dresses like the girls there and she had some really ugly stuff I must say. However they bought her items over my brand new items... Dress the part or dont bother!

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★☆☆☆☆

I took in some great name brand items. The girl who sorted through my stuff was really rude along with the rest of the staff. They seem to think having a job sorting through other peoples old clothes made them Queens... They need a reality and an attitude check. Don't even bother taking your items for sale unless you have an earring that goes through one ear and comes out your nose. The person before me selling her items dresses like the girls there and she had some really ugly stuff I must say. However they bought her items over my brand new items... Dress the part or dont bother!

Pros: If you like stink old clothes, here is your shop (thats all they buy)

Cons: All the staff have a disgusting attitude

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This place has always had a great selection of used clothing, maybe a little overpriced, but I'm sure they have high rent to pay. I've bought things here over the years, but never left the store with a good feeling. If you don't have a Strokes haircut while wearing mismatched kneesocks, you may feel a little out-of-place. The hipsters that work there are a liittle aloof, but seem nice, for the most part. It can be an ok place, but unless you fit the above profile, don't even try to sell clothing to them. They look you over, not your clothing, when deciding whether to buy from you. I'm not bitter, but I've had this experience repeated many times--
I've brought in some killer vintage and/or designer clothes and they've refused my wares. I've then taken the clothing to the local Sal.Army and not even a week later, I've seen my things that I donated now on sale at Beacon's. It's a mystery.

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★★★☆☆

This place has always had a great selection of used clothing, maybe a little overpriced, but I'm sure they have high rent to pay. I've bought things here over the years, but never left the store with a good feeling. If you don't have a Strokes haircut while wearing mismatched kneesocks, you may feel a little out-of-place. The hipsters that work there are a liittle aloof, but seem nice, for the most part. It can be an ok place, but unless you fit the above profile, don't even try to sell clothing to them. They look you over, not your clothing, when deciding whether to buy from you. I'm not bitter, but I've had this experience repeated many times--
I've brought in some killer vintage and/or designer clothes and they've refused my wares. I've then taken the clothing to the local Sal.Army and not even a week later, I've seen my things that I donated now on sale at Beacon's. It's a mystery.

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Their website states that they accept clothes up until 30 minutes before close. After I carried 50 pounds of clothes to the store, the owner herself tells me that they will not even consider my bundle as they are too busy. She even admitted that it was usually too busy on weekends to accept clothes most of the day. She even treated me like the bad guy after I suggested that they change the website. I believe this store, since I spoke to the owner, is only after the 'easy' money made on your collection clothes. I'm sure that they hope you drop your bundle after carrying it so far, because guess what - they would then receive free inventory. Don't let them take advantage of your closet.
My advice: sell them on ebay or donate them and declare a write off.

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★★☆☆☆

Their website states that they accept clothes up until 30 minutes before close. After I carried 50 pounds of clothes to the store, the owner herself tells me that they will not even consider my bundle as they are too busy. She even admitted that it was usually too busy on weekends to accept clothes most of the day. She even treated me like the bad guy after I suggested that they change the website. I believe this store, since I spoke to the owner, is only after the 'easy' money made on your collection clothes. I'm sure that they hope you drop your bundle after carrying it so far, because guess what - they would then receive free inventory. Don't let them take advantage of your closet.
My advice: sell them on ebay or donate them and declare a write off.

Pros: The possibility of getting money for your used clothes

Cons: Poor customer service, beyond rude

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I was on the search for thrift stores and I thought this was one however it is more like a consignment store. I'm looking for used clothes that are really cheap but the items in this store are priced like a normal clothing store. The had many things to choose from and the items are very vintage. Overall it's an average store. I can't complain too much since I got a cute pair of Kenneth Cole sandals for $10.

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★★★☆☆

I was on the search for thrift stores and I thought this was one however it is more like a consignment store. I'm looking for used clothes that are really cheap but the items in this store are priced like a normal clothing store. The had many things to choose from and the items are very vintage. Overall it's an average store. I can't complain too much since I got a cute pair of Kenneth Cole sandals for $10.

Pros: large selection

Cons: high prices, crowded

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This is the best thrift shop in NYC. They have a massive selection and it's all totally cheap. They can be hard to sell stuff to because it's always so crowded but you can get some awesome buys. I always find really cool old shirts and some great jeans. It's always packed but be patient and you can find some awesome buys.

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★★★★★

This is the best thrift shop in NYC. They have a massive selection and it's all totally cheap. They can be hard to sell stuff to because it's always so crowded but you can get some awesome buys. I always find really cool old shirts and some great jeans. It's always packed but be patient and you can find some awesome buys.

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This store is a treasure trove of vintage and random contemporary clothing items. They have a great collection of accessories: jewlery, gloves, sunglasses, belts, and shoes. If you can't handle the search for the perfect vintage item, take a look at their small but well-versed collection. Like most vintage places they are willing to weed through your old clothes for anything worth taking - beware, they can be picky, so don't lug you entire middle school clothing line as you'll come out with a $1.50 credit to spend.

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★★★★☆

This store is a treasure trove of vintage and random contemporary clothing items. They have a great collection of accessories: jewlery, gloves, sunglasses, belts, and shoes. If you can't handle the search for the perfect vintage item, take a look at their small but well-versed collection. Like most vintage places they are willing to weed through your old clothes for anything worth taking - beware, they can be picky, so don't lug you entire middle school clothing line as you'll come out with a $1.50 credit to spend.

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A great place to pick up something for a night out. If you have the time, it is great to browse through everything too. Pretty reasonably priced. And if you have some old clothes to get rid of, you can always try selling them to this store. A very manageable thrift store, much easier to get through than the original in Williamsburg which will take you all day.

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★★★★☆

A great place to pick up something for a night out. If you have the time, it is great to browse through everything too. Pretty reasonably priced. And if you have some old clothes to get rid of, you can always try selling them to this store. A very manageable thrift store, much easier to get through than the original in Williamsburg which will take you all day.

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I know everybody loves them some Beacon's Closet, and yes, it may be the best thing going in the area. But trying to sell clothes here is an exercise in frustration, and the store can be a mob scene. That said, you can get some fabulous stuff for reasonable prices... it's no Salvation Army where you might find the coat of your dreams for a dollar, but then again, these clothes are cleaner.

PROS: good selection, reasonable prices
CONS: often crowded, selling clothes is not fun

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★★★☆☆

I know everybody loves them some Beacon's Closet, and yes, it may be the best thing going in the area. But trying to sell clothes here is an exercise in frustration, and the store can be a mob scene. That said, you can get some fabulous stuff for reasonable prices... it's no Salvation Army where you might find the coat of your dreams for a dollar, but then again, these clothes are cleaner.

PROS: good selection, reasonable prices
CONS: often crowded, selling clothes is not fun

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Who needs a well dressed neighbor with an ever shrinking closet to find the good threads in with Beason's Closet in the Neighborhood? Buy and sell your trendy clothes to keep your wardrobe fresh. Seasional and Picky this is no salvation army. They also sell some CD's, new sunglasses, jewlery and other accessories. Tight racks, but navigatable. Like all thrift stores, inexpensive.

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★★★★☆

Who needs a well dressed neighbor with an ever shrinking closet to find the good threads in with Beason's Closet in the Neighborhood? Buy and sell your trendy clothes to keep your wardrobe fresh. Seasional and Picky this is no salvation army. They also sell some CD's, new sunglasses, jewlery and other accessories. Tight racks, but navigatable. Like all thrift stores, inexpensive.

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