I've written about my love for Housing Works before. Run by volunteers, Housing Works is an upscale thrift store that donates all proceeds to helping homeless HIV-positive New Yorkers.
In addition to their in-store items, Housing Works auctions off furniture, clothing, jewelry, and housewares online at amazing steals every week.
Let's just say some people have been pining (eh hem) for a green velvet Pembroke chair and very cool monkey lamp for the past two weeks -- if only their bedroom wasn't 10'X7'.
If you're making a move to a new place or updating your broken IKEA furniture, Housing Works is the way to go. Pre-loved, often antique and certainly conversation pieces await those with eclectic tastes.
Crate & Barrel's blasé designs have nothing on HW!