Friday, October 05, 2012

Salvation Army Coat Sale Fall 2012- Winter 2013

Tomorrow (Saturday October 6, 2012) is the long-awaited Salvation Army Coat Sale for this Fall/Winter Season. The price list hasn't gone public yet, but expect extremely reasonable prices for secondhand leather, fur, down and wool coats.

Last year Carol and I went to the Salvation Army Coat Sale unassumingly and we scored some ridiculous finds (read that post here). I got a new Elizabeth and James leather jacket (I'm wearing it in the picture above) that retailed for nearly 1k for only $30. Carol brought home a vintage Gap leather hooded jacket that retailed for $300 new for $30. Needless to say, thrifty folks in the tri-state area and beyond have been looking forward to this sale all year!

UPDATE: THE NEXT SALVATION ARMY COAT SALE has been moved to December 8, 2012 at the Hells Kitchen Location - 536 w 46 Street. Doors open at 9am. 

The last coat sale is scheduled for January 5, 2013. 

Salvation Army Coat Sale Shopping Tips:
  • get there early for best selection (there will be quite a crowd and lots of dealers) 
  • bring a bottle of water (you may get parched)
  • dress comfortably
  • wear a cross-body bag so you can shop hands free and don't risk losing any valuables
  • bring a reusable bag (they will give you giant garbage bags)
  • eat beforehand 
  • bring antibacterial hand-gel and tissues
  • take a friend with you (looking through hundreds of racks of coats alone can be overwhelming) 
  • go to the bathroom beforehand 
  • plan to be there for at least 2 hours (there are thousands of coats) 
  • cash or credit (they take both)

Do you enjoy thrift shopping? If so, what are your favorite places to go? Leave your comments below. 

xX Helene


  1. Ooh, how I wish I was there, Bon Vivant! I want to start a coat sale like this here in Scotland - you really need a good coat here to get through winter. I'll be trawling the vintage shops for one, as I wrote about here…on-trends-2012/ but I'd much rather go to one place and trawl through them all. Great tips too - hope you got a bargain this year!

  2. Thank you! I can imagine... you must own tons of sweaters and scarves... it's been really cold here in NY lately!

  3. Last year's sale (and prior years' sales) were at the cavernous 46th Street location (between 10th and 11th Aves.) Has the sale been relocated to the Upper West Side? Or is the UWS now an additional location? It would be great to know what's happening location-wise, since there will probably be three more sales between now and January. Thank you very much!

  4. Yes, I went to the Hell's Kitchen location a few times last year. This UWS Salvation Army is the location from a sign that was posted at SA. I will update the blog as soon as I know the next dates and locations

  5. Great article and great tips! Do you know if there is only female attire or are there coats for men too?

  6. You will find coats for men, women and children.

  7. December 1st coat sale has changed to the 8th.

  8. December 1st coat sale will now be held on December 8th.

    1. thanks, I called to confirm and updated the blog

  9. Hi. Do you know if the January 5th sale is still taking place?

  10. Hello, Please let us know when the salvation army will have there coat sale for fall 2013- winter 2014. Thank you. I went last year because of your tip.


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