This Hidden Thrift Shop Has Clothes, Decor & More Starting At INR 100!
What Makes It Awesome
Run entirely by volunteers, this store is in a constant state of flux. On one day, you’ll see racks of clothes put out in the sun with INR 200/300/500 tags. The next time, you might see them all taken inside, dusted and showered, with party dresses by the dozen. This confusing state of affairs is exactly what makes it so endearing. The sorting process in the backroom means new stuff is tossed in every now and then, with volunteers flying around trying to bring some semblance of order to this shop. Another amazing thing: all the money from the things you buy goes for charity. It’s either used to provide nutritious meals and other school supplies to kids in anganwadis or to an old age home in Dwarka.
If you believe in recycling, you can pick up a lot of really cheap stuff that can be washed/dry cleaned and used. You can also discover FabIndia necklaces with tags on for as little as 100 bucks. So one hurried trip here is never enough. On our last visit, we found beautiful tops, dresses, sarees, heels, crockery, men’s blazers, Indian clothes, lamps and home knick knacks. There were also super-sturdy bags they’d made out of all the INR 30 clothes; they were strong enough to be joined together but didn’t find many takers.
Want to check it out yourself? Go on a Monday, Tuesday or Friday (they open from 10am – 1pm). If you have more time, walk around the green campus, stop by the book shop and bask in the quintessential Delhi of the 80s.
What Could Be Better
Most of the times, it'll take a bit of effort and time to come across the best finds–you have to stay and look awhile enough before something piques your curiosity, or is so pretty that you can’t leave it behind.