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East End thrift shops: Buying castoffs of the rich and famous

Who says there aren't any bargains in the Hamptons?

Davida Rothberg, a former radio talk show host who lives in East Hampton, says she furnished her entire weekend house with bargain finds (beds, chests, accessories, a dining table with matching chairs) picked up from East End thrift and consignment shops.

Nestled between oh-so-chic boutiques in Southampton, East Hampton and Sag Harbor, these shops aim for a quick turnover of their donated merchandise - and their sales benefit local charities.

"I always stop along the way, sometimes just to browse, but often to buy," says Rothberg, who scored a $6 Ralph Lauren tie for her husband recently as a reporter trailed along.

Ladies' Village Improvement Society

95 Main St., East Hampton

INFO 631-324-1370, lvis.org

HOURS 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday

GOOD FOR Designer and vintage clothing, furniture, home accessories

Set up in a historic house, this shop, which also goes by the name Bargain Box, recently had finds ranging from a vintage Molly Parnis ($75) to brand new floral handbags ($10). "It's a potpourri," says volunteer chairwoman Mo Cohen. The barn out back is full of furniture. Every day, one category of merchandise is 50 percent off.

ALSO TRY The adjoining Bargain Books (631-324-1821), run by LVIS, sells paperbacks, hardcovers and children's books.

St. Ann's Episcopal Church Thrift Shop

Hull Street and Montauk Highway,

Bridgehampton

INFO 631-537-5150

HOURS 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday

GOOD FOR Decorative household accessories, china, framed paintings

You might find a hand-painted Mexican flowerpot for $3 or a hand-painted landscape worth about $1,000 selling here for $200. Or maybe a vintage oak desk for $325 or a bamboo etagere for $30.

Animal Rescue Fund

17 Montauk Hwy., Sagaponack

INFO 631-537-3682,

arfhamptons.org

HOURS 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

GOOD FOR Furniture

Among the finds spotted in this house, which was recently donated to ARF by an animal lover: a massive oak sideboard for $500 and a dainty gilded side chair for $20.

Southampton Hospital Thrift Shop

40 W. Main St., Southampton

INFO 631-204-0526,

southamptonhospital.org

HOURS 9:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and Monday

GOOD FOR Jewelry, designer apparel

You might find retro Money gold- plated jewelry (from $10) or Bruno Magli shoes (some new) for $75. On a recent trip, Coach belts were $10. Look for the four-legged feline mascot Louie.

The Retreat Boutique Thrift Shop

Bridgehampton Commons, Bridgehampton

INFO 631-537-3857

HOURS Daily (except Tuesday) 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

GOOD FOR This and that

Smack in the middle of this upscale outdoor shopping complex The Retreat's new shop had a set of six wine glasses for $15, a vintage roll-top desk for $295, Prada swimsuits for $30, a $200 Stella McCartney (yes, that McCartney) running outfit for $20, decorative cushions for $5-$10.

Around Again Consignment Shop

Long Wharf Prominade, Sag Harbor

INFO 631-725-4067

HOURS 10 a.m.-late evening daily

GOOD FOR High-end designer and vintage jewelry, clothing, handbags and accessories.

Set in a mall that once housed an aircraft factory, this upscale shop is worth a visit for its location near moored yachts, restaurants and theater. Items from Michael Kors, Valentino and Coach are well below retail - new "Jackie-O"- type sunglasses go for $15. "We're happy to act as personal shoppers and even keep a 'wish list' for wanted items," says clerk Kelly Webb.

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