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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Hip & Thrifty is closing up shop at 1810 E. Passyunk Ave.

UPDATE: Hip & Thrifty is considering relocating in the future, though the shop has not found a suitable location yet.

It looks like another shop is closing on E. Passyunk Ave.

Hip & Thrifty

Just last month, Knack closed up shop, now Hip & Thrifty, the women’s clothing and consignment shop at 1810 E. Passyunk Ave. is also closing its doors.

Hip & Thrifty was opened back in April of 2013 by owner Kelli Mandruk.

Everything at Hip & Thrifty is now $3 or less until the shop closes at the end of January.

What would you like to see move into this space?

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16 Responses to Hip & Thrifty is closing up shop at 1810 E. Passyunk Ave.

  1. Phil January 21, 2015 at 12:43 pm #

    What a shock i hope she didnt sink too much of daddys money into this waste

    • LAUREN January 21, 2015 at 9:49 pm #

      DADDYS MONEY? Thats presumptuous comment Phil!

  2. ATrane January 21, 2015 at 12:56 pm #

    A homebrew store would be a nice addition to the avenue. After Barry’s closed up shop a while back there has been a void in south philly.

    • LAUREN January 21, 2015 at 9:47 pm #

      DADDYS MONEY? Thats presumptuous comment Phil!

  3. Lee January 21, 2015 at 12:56 pm #

    Retail is hard on the avenue. A successful business has to find a product that is universally needed and at a pricepoint that is accessible to the widest range of nearby neighbors.

    Store-front services might be a better fit for the current climate on the avenue. And of course, restaurants work.

    Maybe in the future we could support a destination retailer.

  4. Bri January 21, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

    This is not surprising. The staff has never been welcoming, I enjoyed a shop like this being on the avenue, but I never went in as often as I would have liked because they were never helpful. Always on the phone with friends, I remember waiting 5 minutes for someone to end their personal phone call so I could check out.

  5. Joey DeVeetz January 21, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

    Lee a home brew store is a great idea! I would love to see a small bar supply store on the avenue…barware, glassware,etc……similiar to what the supply store on 5th and Bainbridge offered. With all the restaurants on the avenue, I think this would be a nice addition!

  6. Bee January 21, 2015 at 8:33 pm #

    I would love a bookstore- but would it be destined to fail this day in age?

    • Lee January 22, 2015 at 10:32 am #


      Yes, it would. Unless it was coupled with something that actually made money. Big bookstores don’t stay open in this modern age….a small one would have an even harder time…..again, unless they sold other things.

      • Dan P. January 22, 2015 at 10:52 am #

        I like the bookstore idea as well. But it would have to have in its inventory a large share of books that can’t be found even more easily online but that are also books that people would want. Question is… is there a huge (or big enough) market for that? Would it be sustained just by people living within walking/biking/transit distance or would it need to be a regional draw? The comic book store at Mifflin is still going and I imagine comic books are just easily purchased online as other books but maybe there’s something about the comic book buying experience that is better suited for a bricks and mortar store.

        And in terms of “couple with something that actually made money” I couldn’t agree more. I’ve wanted something like this: ever since I visited there a few years ago.

        • ProvWitout February 1, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

          I’d love a bookstore… I prefer to read hard copy when it comes to books. It sucks how people spend exorbitant amounts of money on Kindles and Nooks and it is killing bookstores. Nothing is like browsing a book store or library… And another great thing about books? Ya don’t need to plug them in and charge them…

          We subsidize all kinds of stupid things this day in age… We give new construction, from new homes to new Comcast buildings, tax abatements… Is a cable cartel more important than having at least one accessible book store in a neighborhood? Just like accessible healthy food options are important, I think access to an honest to goodness book store is also important as well. Yes, you can order groceries online and shop right will deliver now.. And yes, you can access books easily online and download them.. But brick and mortar places still play an undeniably important role. If we leave their existence up to the irresponsibility of the invisible hand of market forces, the bookstores will continue to die off. I hope neighborhood civic associations choose to be leaders in the effort to preserve book stores…

          • ProvWitout February 1, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

            And yes snarks…. I know the difference between a subsidy and tax abatements. My point is that bookstores are something to be supported through whatever means by the citizenry and our elected government…

  7. A January 22, 2015 at 10:34 am #

    I agree about the staff. I went in once and they were rude, I went in a second time and they were rude. I swore I’d never go in again. Customer service is a necessity when you are reselling clothing you found at the Goodwill! I would be happy to see a place that sells local wines or a bookstore. Happier to see something with both wine and books. I don’t think we need another cafe or bar, or dessert shop.

    • Kimberly January 24, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

      I disagree, the staff were always friendly when I went in and helpful! Its a thriftstore people not saks 5th avenue! They had really nice things with great prices I’m sad to see it go:(

      • Bri January 27, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

        They definitely are not Saks 5th Ave. I was never looking for anything beyond a hello, which I never got. I’m glad you received good customer service, I never received any.

  8. G February 17, 2015 at 2:20 pm #

    I feel like food is sustainable based on the new East Passyunk Ave culture. The space isn’t big enough for restaurant, but what about a take out Bagel shop? That could be a nice addition. There’s not many places in the entire city to get good bagel.

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