Design on a Dime NYC Turns 30

Housing Works’ 30th Anniversary Design on a Dime NYC

Housing Works, the New York City organization working to end the dual crises of homelessness and HIV/AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses, will celebrate its thirtieth edition of Design on a Dime NYC, its yearly fundraiser, on May 20–22, 2021.

Design on a Dime NYC brings together nationally renowned interior designers who use donated merchandise from hundreds of brands to create one-of-a-kind vignettes and collections at Housing Works’ bookstore and two of its thrift shops. Everything used in those vignettes and collections then goes on sale at fifty-to-eighty percent off its usual price. All proceeds benefit Housing Works‘ services and advocacy work to end the AIDS epidemic including housing, healthcare, and social justice for all, as well as Housing Works’ current frontline efforts throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tickets will be required for a two-hour timed shopping spree on May 20; ticketed and timed sales will continue on May 21 (with online shopping added on this date), before the sale is open to the general public on May 22. Tickets range from $200 to $1,000 depending on how early you want to shop and the level of VIP treatment you choose! The event and sales will occur at Housing Works’ Bookstore Café & Bar as well as their SoHo and Gramercy thrift shops (at 130 Crosby Street and 157 East 23 Street, respectively).

Housing Works was founded in 1990, when four members of ACT UP—Keith Cylar, Charles King, Eric Sawyer, and Virginia Shubert—decided to dedicate themselves to serving one of New York City’s most neglected populations: the tens of thou-sands of homeless men, women, and children in New York City living with HIV and AIDS. They maintain offices in New York City, Albany, Washington D.C., Haiti and Puerto Rico.

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—Reporting by Hank Trout

Hank Trout, Senior Editor, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick.