RE: Roadfood and thrift stores
I used to work for a thrift store and would go out on "pick-ups" and pack up and move everything that was being disposed of...I moved a lot of heavy furniture! (and I must say that middle-class families tend to dispose of huge amounts of clothing!) I started to check out thrift stores in various cities to check out the "competition" and I learned that they were great places to find funky T-shirts and cheap books...When I was visiting Portland, Maine my friends there said that I had to check out the local Goodwills (or Salvation Army?) because they often had surplus LL Bean clothing much cheaper than the LL Bean surplus store (I literally visited very Goodwill or ??? in the Portland region and they had some Bean stuff but nothing I wanted.)
Okay, here's a plug for my ex-employer... If you're in the New York City area and are interested in some pretty unusual thrift stores (WABC TV called them[url='http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/features/WABC_lifehere_050701bargains.html']Bargain Hunter's Best Kept Secret of NYC[/url])......
then check out [url='http://www.etgstores.com']Everything Goes Thrift and Vintage Stores[/url] ....oh yeah, big 20th anniversary shindig and sale coming up in November....
...and to tie it back to Roadfood, near the store are a number of Sri-Lankan restaurants, a Polish deli selling home-made food, a taqueria and a coupla of Mexican groceries selling home-made food, a new French restaurant... And of course Staten Island has some of the best pizza in NYC (none of the good pizza is near the store, but nothing's that far away on Staten Island!)