The perpetually packed Park Slope branch of Beacon’s Closet has finally settled on a new space to move to in November. The vintage hipster mecca currently located on Fifth Avenue near Union Street will head just six blocks north to 92 Fifth Avenue at Warren in what was a gift-and-card shop. It’s more than twice the size of the current location, and owner Carrie Peterson says the new store will “have a nice, juicy open floor area and lots of nice windows.” Claustrophobic shoppers, rejoice! Also: more dressing rooms. “We have been needing to move for almost two years,” she told us. “It just took us a little while to find the right space. The rent in our existing space is actually very fair, and we love our landlord. We just ran out of space.”
Indeed, the store’s critics have been complaining about the cramped space ever since it opened in 2002. (As one detractor on Yelp.com put it, shoppers are reduced to “rubbing against each other’s loin spaces.”) So does more space mean fewer rejections for customers trying to sell old H&M sweaters and Gap tees by the bagful? No such luck — Beacon’s buyers shall remain picky as ever. “Our inventory is strictly dictated by how much sellable merchandise is brought in by our customers,” Peterson says. Something tells us those critics wouldn’t go quietly if they had to sift through a bunch of junk.