Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Best Vintage Shops in NYC


I wanna travel back in time more than anything. Live for a bit in each decade and most importantly, wear the clothes! Since science & technology isn't quite there yet, I'll get my fix by spending an afternoon in a vintage store. Lucky for me, we have some really great gems here in NYC that can fulfill my dreams of dancin' through the decades! Whether you're looking for vintage designer pieces or lower-priced basics, we've got you covered.

Vintage shopping not only lets you time-warp your wardrobe, it's also a great way to be a more sustainable shopper. By buying vintage, you're purchasing one (but probably more than one 😉) less item that has to be manufactured & transported, and instead giving a new life to a piece that has already endured the process. What could be better than that? A recent Forbes article mentions how "the vintage and pre-owned market have blown up over the past few years, especially for the millennial audience. Increasing awareness of consumerism and the sustainability of shopping vintage have also become hot topics across fashion as a whole." It's so exciting to hear that there's more awareness of the need for sustainability in fashion and I am so pumped that buying vintage is a great way to participate in a more environmentally conscious lifestyle. 

My look in the photos for this post came from one of my all-time favorite vintage spots, What Goes Around Comes Around, and I even got the hairstyle to match :) Check out my list below of my top vintage stores around NYC + Brooklyn and get yourself over here! 


351 Broadway (b/w Broome St + Grand St)
As I mentioned, one of my favorites. WGACA's collection boasts some of the best designer names and is presented as little collections that can inspire your wardrobe with just one look. Their bag selection is enough to knock me out for a week and I once spent about four hours in here trying on vintage gowns.. you know I left feelin' like a queen.


L Train Vintage: 629 Grand Street, Williamsburg (& multiple other locations!)
No Relation: 204 1st Avenue, Manhattan
This place has everything you could want, six locations, and a huuuuge selection. It's more of a search and rescue mission than a quick stop+shop moment, but that's what makes it so great. You really feel like you've found something special when you walk out of there! You can grab anything from military gear to Dior and the prices aren't going to break the bank. I really can't stress this enough-- there IS something in there for everyone.. you may have to dig, or if you're like me, you may have an absolute breakdown because you're holding seven million items and your friends are no longer interested but you can't let go and so you throw a fit because you want it all and you're on a budget... but it's worth it! (Can you tell I'm crazy about vintage?)


10 W 13th Street (& multiple other locations!)
If you're looking for a bit more organization in your shopping experience, Beacon's Closet is consignment heaven for ya. One of New York City's more prominent vintage chain, with four locations between Brooklyn and Manhattan, Beacon's closet has been around for 20 years and has a great stock of pieces from streetwear brands, designer names, and boutiques. Bonus? You can sell your old stuff there to counteract the spending I promise you'll get into. 


130 Crosby Street, Manhattan (& multiple other locations!)
First and foremost, I want to point out that Housing Works is not only a vintage shopping spot- they are a non-profit organization founded in 1990 to demand housing for homeless individuals with HIV and AIDS and offer health services as well. The thrift store + bookstore side of Housing Works was implemented as a self-sustaining way to provide employment opportunities to the community as well as fund their organization! When you shop here, you're doing something great at the same time. They have clothing from well-known brands and all sorts of furniture that can inspire a room re-decoration that nods to the past.


112 W 17th Street (b/w 6th + 7th Ave)
If you haven't heard via my sunglass collection, my grandmother Patty was an absolute master of incredibly jewelry. You could hear her coming from a mile away with her jingling bracelets (or earrings.. how did she even hear us speak?) and massive shimmering brooches, it was I C O N I C. Definitely inspired my love for statement jewelry, which brings me to the next spot, Pippin Vintage Jewelry. While some pieces are quite pricey, they have something at every price point. If you're looking to add something incredible to your jewelry arsenal, this is the place for you. Their pieces range from costume to fine jewelry and it is all incredibly unique. Bonus? The back of the store is an entirely different store with different owners with some great vintage furniture!


Resurrection Vintage
217 Mott Street
With stores in both NYC and LA, Resurrection Vintage has gained a massive celebrity following by stocking up on vintage fashion for over 20 years. They focus on finding the most special fashion pieces from brands such as Chanel, Hermés, Maison Margiela, Valentino, and an insane amount more. It's like walking through a Fashion History museum! The prices here aren't cheap but the pieces are definitely not something you'll find anywhere else. It's an incredible place to browse around, just maybe bring a friend (or your accountant) to hold onto your wallet because I can't promise you won't fall in love.


Awoke Vintage
135 N 5th Street, Willamsburg (& two other Greenpoint locations)
For those not looking for high-end designer vintage, Awoke is a great spot for you! They're stocked to the brim with denim (it's Levi's heaven) and have a great selection of vintage t-shirts in almost every color. It's the perfect place to pick up wardrobe staples + everyday pieces, definitely worth stopping by.

xoxo
Tezza


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