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THIS IS THE ULTIMATE THRIFT STORE GUIDE FOR NEW YORK CITY


Hey guys! So today is an exciting day, for me at least—it’s National Thrift Shop Day! You guys know how big of a fan of thrift shopping I am (it’s legit the only way I shop now) and I’ve written about why I thrift (you can read that here), which is why I’m so excited about today. I was already planning on going thrifting today (I’m in search of more authentic vintage band tees), and this just gives me more of an excuse.


But because today is National Thrift Shop Day, you can also expect that some thrift stores (especially those run by organizations and have multiple locations) are going to be offering special deals. And some shops will even be donating proceeds to good causes. For example, at Goodwill proceeds will contribute to programs that provide education, skills training and career development that help people earn jobs in communities nationwide. So not only will you be helping out small businesses and the environment by shopping thrift, you’re going to be helping out communities and charities as well.


It’s been a while since we’ve heard from our boy Macklemore, but I’ll be popping some tags with $20 in my pocket today. And you guys should, too! I came up with the Ultimate NYC Thrift Store Guide (using the handy dandy tool that is Google Maps), so now you can’t use the excuse that you don’t know where any thrift shops are. I definitely know I missed a few, so if I missed any that are your faves let me know so I can keep adding them to this list.


If you guys want any recommendations, here are a few of my favorite thrift/vintage stores to shop at (their location info is far below):


- Buffalo Exchange – There are multiple locations across Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn and this shop is great for finding on-trend stuff that is cheaper than retail. A lot of it is fast fashion items, but you will find some designer pieces. You can also find pieces from design student’s final collections here, which is really unique. NOTE: bring a bag, you have to provide your own or buy a reusable one there.


- Beacon’s Closet – You will find a good mix of stuff here. It is quite a scavenger hunt sometimes to find something good, but the search is so worth it. You will find some fast fashion items, but majority of their selection is vintage. You will also find designer things here, especially bags and shoes.


- L Train Vintage – If you want an authentic vintage shopping experience, go here. It’s like taking a step into 80s and 90s fashion. This is my personal absolute favorite vintage shop in the city. Everything is available for great prices, and the carry stuff that is so unique. I’m a sucker for good denim, and their selection is unparalleled. Also a huge fan of their sister store, No Relation Vintage, in the East Village.


- Housing Works – A mixture of fashion fashion and contemporary brands, this shop is good for inexpensive secondhand fashion. They have a great selection of every category. This shop is also good if you’re looking for home décor items and books. They do have some furniture, and everything is very reasonably priced.


- Rags-A-Gogo – This place looks very kitschy from the outside because it has multicolored cowboy boots hanging outside it’s store, but it’s definitely worth going insdie. Everythign is authentic vintage, and they have a great selection. They have lots of old tees, their denim selection is always great, as is their leather jacket selection. And if you want cowboy boots, they got those too. Once spotted Cindi Lauper here. And yes I did get to talk to her.


- Brooklyn Junk – This place might give you claustrophobia/clean freak heart attack but it’s worth it. It’s great for finding those vintage pieces for your home/apartment. They have everything from knickknacks to furniture to old pictures to frames to glass bottles. They do have some clothes, but they are pushed to the back. It is definitely an experience to shop here, but it’s one I recommend.


- AuH2O – This is another small store, but I always walk out of here with something. It’s mixture of thrifted contemporary items and vintage. They have amazing prices that you honestly can’t beat, especially for the area it’s in. And they usually have a really good selection of vintage jewelry as well. The people who work there are super friendly, so don’t be afraid to ask for their opinion. NOTE: their dressing room is quite small, and they only have one.


- Loveday 31 – Unfortunately there aren’t that many thrift/vintage stores in Queens, but this one is one I keep coming back to. It’s quite a small store, but they always have a good selection of vintage items that are in really good condition. The lady who own the shop is always extremely helpful and will help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Also good for accessories like belts and purses.


- Brooklyn Flea in Dumbo - So this isn't an actual store, but this flea market is amazing for vintage finds. This market happens every Sunday in Dumbo underneath the arch of the bridge and the amount of vintage clothing that is there every week is amazing. You can definitely score some amazing pieces here, and the best part about flea markets is you can negotiate the prices. There is also some great vintage costume jewelry here, as well as vintage bags and shoes. You can also find furniture and home decor. Basically you will find anything and everything you've ever wanted out of a flea market here.


MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

GOODWILL

Multiple locations | https://www.goodwillnynj.org/shop/store-locator


SALVATION ARMY

Multiple locations | https://satruck.org/


BUFFALO EXCHANGE

Multiple locations | https://www.buffaloexchange.com/location/chelsea-new-york/


HOUSING WORKS

Multiple locations | https://www.housingworks.org/locations


L TRAIN VINTAGE

NO RELATION VINTAGE

URBAN JUNGLE

Multiple locations | https://www.ltrainvintagenyc.com/


BEACON’S CLOSET

Multiple locations | https://beaconscloset.com/pages/locations

CROSSROADS TRADING CO.

Flatiron & Williamsburg, 24 W 26th St. & 135 N 7th St. | https://crossroadstrading.com/

LE POINT VALUE

Multiple locations | https://www.lepointvalue.com/

MANHATTAN


RAGS-A-GOGO

Chelsea, 218 W 14th St. | http://www.rags-a-gogo.com/


SCREAMING MIMI’S

Chelsea, 240 W 14th St. | https://www.screamingmimis.com/

AUH2O

East Village, 84 E 7th St. | https://www.auh2oshop.com/

THE VINTAGE TWIN

Soho, 543 Broadway | https://www.thevintagetwin.com/

HAMLET’S VINTAGE


Greenwich Village, 146 W 4th St. | http://hamletsvintage.com/site/

EAST VILLAGE THRIFT SHOP

East Village, 186 2nd Ave. | https://www.yelp.com/biz/east-village-thrift-shop-new-york


MR. THROWBACK

East Village, 437 E 9th St. | https://mrthrowback.com/


CURE THRIFT SHOP

East Village, 111 E 12th St. | https://www.curethriftshop.com/


ANGELA’S VINTAGE BOUTIQUE

Bowery, 26 2nd Ave. | https://www.yelp.com/biz/angelas-vintage-boutique-new-york


ROUND TWO

East Village, 113 Stanton St. | https://www.yelp.com/biz/round-two-new-york

THE THRIFTY HOG

NoMad, 11 W 25th St. | http://thriftyhog.org/


ST. FRANCIS THRIFT STORE

Upper West Side 217 W 96th St. | https://www.facebook.com/fccthrift/


ANGEL STREET THRIFT SHOP

Flatiron, 48 W 22nd St. | https://angelstreetthrift.org/


SPARK PRETTY

East Village, 333 E 9th St. | http://www.sparkpretty.com/


LOCAL CLOTHING

East Village, 328 E 9th St. | https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Clothing-Store/Local-Clothing-196658291284/


VINTAGE THRIFT

Gramercy & Greenwich Village, 286 3rd Ave. & 242 W 10th St. | http://www.vintagethriftshop.org/

METROPOLIS VINTAGE

Greenwich Village, 803 Broadway | https://www.metropolisvintageonline.com/

STAR STRUCK VINTAGE CLOTHING

West Village, 47 Greenwich Ave. | https://www.starstruckvintage.com/


PROCELL

Bowery, 5 Delancey St. | https://www.instagram.com/procell/

RITUAL VINTAGE

Bowery, 377 Broome St. | https://www.ritualvintage.com/


PIPPIN VINTAGE JEWELRY

Flatiron, 112 W 17th St. | https://pippinvintage.com/


QUEENS

LOVEDAY 31

Astoria, 3306 31st Ave | https://www.facebook.com/Loveday31nyc/


BROADWAY THRIFT SHOP

Astoria, 41-14 Broadway | https://www.yelp.com/biz/broadway-thrift-shop-astoria

DITMARS THRIFT SHOP

Ditmars, 3120 Ditmars Blvd. | https://www.yelp.com/biz/ditmars-thrift-shop-donation-center-astoria


BAYSIDE THRIFT SHOP

Flushing, 14402 Norther Blvd. | https://www.yelp.com/biz/bayside-thrift-shop-flushing


HAPPY THRIFT SHOP

North Corona, 40-06 97th St. | https://www.yelp.com/biz/happy-thrift-shop-corona-2


BROOKLYN

MONK VINTAGE

Williamsburg & Greenpoint, 496 Driggs Ave. & Greenpoint Ave. | https://www.facebook.com/monkvintage/

FOX & FAWN

Greenpoint, 570 Manhattan Ave. | http://www.shopfoxandfawn.com/

AWOKE VINTAGE


Williamsburg & Greenpoint, 132 N 5th St. & 688 Manhattan Ave. | https://www.awokevintage.com/

FRONT GENERAL STORE

Dumbo, 143 Front St. | http://www.frontgeneralstore.com/


10 FT SINGLE BY STELLA DALLAS Williamsburg, 285 N 6th St. | https://www.facebook.com/Stelladallasnyc


THE BREAK

Greenpoint, 82 Dobbin St. | https://shopthebreak.com/


OUT OF THE CLOSET

Boerum Hill, 475 Atlantic Ave. | https://outofthecloset.org/


CONSIGNMENT BROOKLYN

Boerum Hill, 371 Atlantic Ave. | https://www.consignmentbrooklyn.com/


FRIENDS NYC

East Williamsburg, 56 Bogart St. | https://friendsnyc.com/

MIRTH VINTAGE

Greenpoint & Bed-Stuy, 606 Manhattan Ave. & 275A Malcom X Blvd. | https://mirth.co/

AMARCORD VINTAGE FASHION

Williamsburg, 223 Bedford Ave. | https://www.amarcordvintagefashion.com/

ANTOINETTE VINTAGE

Williamsburg, 119 Grant St. | http://www.antoinettebrooklyn.com/shop-vintage-1

DUSTY ROSE VINTAGE

Greenpoint, 67 West St. #216 | https://www.dustyrosevintage.com/


ARBOR VITAE VINTAGE

Williamsburg, 309 Bedford Ave. | http://arborvitaevintage.com/


IF YOU'RE LOOKING MORE FOR DESIGNER ITEMS


NEW & ALMOST NEW

Bowery, 171A Mott St. | http://newandalmostnew.com/


THE REALREAL

Soho, 80 Wooster St. | https://www.therealreal.com/soho


REBAG

Multiple locations | https://www.rebag.com/store/


DESINGER REVIVAL

Upper East Side, 324 E 81st St. | https://www.designerrevival.com/


TOKIO 7

East Village, 83 E 7th St. | http://tokio7.net/


INA

Multiple locations | https://inanyc.com/pages/locations


WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND

Soho, 351 W Broadway | https://www.whatgoesaroundnyc.com/


FLEA MARKETS

A lot of flea markets also have vendors that will bring in vintage items to sell. These are great because you can usually negotiate prices and you'll find more unique pieces.


ARTISTS & FLEAS

Multiple locations | https://www.artistsandfleas.com/


BROOKLYN FLEA

Dumbo & Williamsburg, Pearl Plaza & 51 N 6th St. | http://brooklynflea.com/


GRAND BAZAAR NYC

Upper West Side, 100 W 77th St.| https://grandbazaarnyc.org/


LIC FLEA & FOOD

Long Island City, 5-25 46th Ave. | https://www.licflea.com/


IF YOU WANT TO LOOK AT EVERYTHING ON A MAP

I also came across a thrift store/vintage store map while doing my research (actually I found it after, and it would have been so helpful if I had found it earlier), and it is SOOOO helpful. So if you want to see where all the thrift stores are located on a map, click HERE.


xoxo,


Lex

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