Editors' Pick

Best New Place to Shop— and Pay It Forward

New4You Thrift Boutique

When New4You Thrift Boutique opened this past summer, downtown Bethesda gained a shop that is big on space—and also big on doing good. The nonprofit, all-volunteer-run store in the spot formerly occupied by Capital Consignment sells donated clothes, home goods and accessories, and gives the proceeds to a local charity chosen annually by New4You’s board of directors. For the 2021-22 fiscal year ending on June 30, the beneficiary is Silver Spring-based Shepherd’s Table, whose mission is to help people in the community experiencing food and housing insecurity.

New4You is filling the gap left by the 2020 closure of the Montgomery County Thrift Shop, a Bethesda institution for more than 75 years. While New4You’s facade is small and low-key, the store stretches back the length of a city block and has well-organized women’s, men’s and children’s departments, and a room featuring coffee tables and end tables, framed art, and pottery from all over the world. During its limited hours (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday), the place is often filled with shoppers browsing the designer bargains—maybe a silk Chico’s blouse tagged at $9, or a men’s polo shirt by Ralph Lauren for $6—and unique pieces, such as a crystal-draped lamp priced at $25. With new merchandise coming in every day, you never know what you might find—but you do know you’re helping someone in need when you make a purchase.

New4You Thrift Boutique, 4909 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, 301-656-2002, new4youthrift.org