www.housingworksauctions.com

www.housingworksauctions.com

Only in an extreme metropolis like Manhattan can you find vintage stores that contain more treasures than bores. “We never know what will show up—an Andy Warhol print, a beautiful Deco vanity, or a huge bust of Elvis Presley,” says Emily Hull-Martin, director of visuals for Housing Works, Inc., the nation’s largest minority-controlled AIDS service non-profit. Housing Works Thrift Stores may be Manhattanites’ most beloved vintage chain. Proceeds go to the organization’s good cause, sure, but hipsters truly love the store windows, which are some of the most creative in the city. The components of these vignettes are auctioned off, and now, with housingworksauctions.com, you can do your guilt-free bidding from home. Once logged on to the site, click a scene and the contents are broken down individually. Each item has several alternate photos, a detailed description (including an honest assessment of abnormalities) and the current bid status. If you’re looking for a certain something, you also have the option to shop by category. All shipping costs are the buyer’s expense, and out-of-towners beware—items must be removed from the store within 48 hours of sale.