This is an old-world kind of place and has gotten a tad touristy in the past 5 years. But it still has many charms, among them an old-fashioned toy store with inexpensive doo-dads and candy to please any discerning palate. There's a educational toy store, specialty antique stores and an animal-lovers store. If you're into classic snob-clothes, there's a Talbots, which is popular among residents. I'm more of a vintage clothes lover. We don't call them thrift stor clothes anymore, now they're "Vintage Classics." Whatever the nomenclature, I like a quality bargain and I'll let you in on a secret. I have dressed my kids in creme-de-la-creme sturdy overalls, playclothes and the occasional dress-up outfit only because I'm thrifty. Some call it mendacious, frugal. Whatever. I'm talking Osh Kosh, Gap, Old Navy, stuff that has natural kid-puke resistance. You get the picture. How did I manager this on my meager salary? By frequenting the best thrift store in the world, Holiday House, technically in Huntington (74 Huntington Road, (631)427-2944, but spiritually in Cold Spring Harbor, one of the weathiest suburbs on Long Island. Evidently, people of wealth deign to wear things very briefly and don't sweat much and people like me benefit. And the best part--all the proceeds go towards transforming this oddly shaped antiquey homestead into a summer camp for underprivileged youth! So you're getting some Donna Karan and a kid goes to camp at the same time! I've helped outfit school plays, bought umpteen Halloween outfits and have a number of classic suits I'm still waiting to wear. But they'll never go out of style so there's no need to worry!
Now you know. Open October through May, some of the best stuff goes for a mere $1 when Mickey and Linda are absolutely sick of it all and are ready for vacation. Tell them Naomi sent you and maybe they'll tell you about the midnight-madness sale. (I'm making that part up. Or am I?)