Best shops in Astoria, from vintage troves to design emporiums
The best shops in Astoria skew local and green—we’ve selected the neighborhood’s finest for fashion, furniture and design.
Whether you’re looking for handmade soap, impeccable vintage frocks or chic items for the home, our guide to the best shops in Astoria points you to local gems. When shopping fatigue sets in, retire to one of the nabe's popular bars or grab a bite.
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Described on its website as the city’s “only nonprofit retail outlet for salvaged and surplus building materials,” this 18,000-square-foot warehouse is packed with sinks, toilets, windows, doors, cabinets, flooring—all gleaned from renovations and demolitions—at half the price (or less) of retail. Much of the inventory consists of brand-new, high-end castoffs from Upper West and Upper East Side apartment renovations, including mistinted or unclaimed paints ($7 per gallon).
- 3-17 26th Ave, (at 4th St)
The 15-year-old Furniture Market is a two-floored wonderland of a shop that comes off as a cross between Citizen Kane’s warehouse of treasures and your grandmother’s attic. Expect to uncover gilded mirrors, claw-foot tables, cuckoo clocks, eccentric lamps, bohemian objets d’art (like Mickey Mouse phones), and furniture that can be as old as 19th-century Victorian or as new as last year’s Ikea. You won’t find any Swedish meatballs here, but manager Pedro Gonzalez lives to haggle,
- 22–08 Astoria Blvd, (between 21st and 23rd Sts)
- Critics choice
This high-end women’s shop, opened in 2006 by Kristie Foster, rivals the stylish offerings at any uppity Manhattan boutique. The merch is a curated mix of high-concept pieces by European (Dagmar, Rodebjer) and local designers (Antoinette Bibis, Holy Harlot), some of whom are exclusive to the store. Whereas most indie shops favor strong cuts over luxe fabric, Foster focuses on the reverse, sourcing pieces that have unique washes and blends (lyocell, mercerized cotton) with
- 24-01 23rd Ave , (at 24th St)
Clean up your act at this 200-square-foot “soaperie,” which got its start in owner Vivian Dritsas’s kitchen after she took a soap-making class in 2005. Here, vegan, all-natural products abound—including lip balm, organic shower gel, soy candles and, of course, handmade soap— created on the premises with Dead Sea minerals and coconut and olive oils. Dritsas also creates custom orders, which she can ship directly to you, as well as party favors and centerpieces for bridal showers
- 22–07 36th St, (at Ditmars Blvd)
- Critics choice
This small vintage shop sells everything from badass boots to sparkly sweaters, but owner Ivona Bilicic specializes in preloved dresses. Choose among flirty frocks ranging from the Donna Reed–flowered ’50s through the punk-rock-princess ’80s, then top off your revamped look with one of Loveday’s vintage or new pieces of jewelry, including Gatsby–era headbands by local designers Wink & Flip or Lola and Eye that would make even Blair Waldorf swoon.
- 33-06 31st Ave , (at 33rd St)
Since 2007, Mackenzi Farquer has elected to stockpile atypical accoutrements in her design store—and as a graduate of the New York School of Interior Design, she boasts a well-practiced eye for what’s in style. The merch is divided into three sections: vintage, handmade and “just well-designed,” and you’ll find everything from sleek Saarinen tables and kitschy propaganda posters to come-hither vintage aprons, as well as handmade silver jewelry by Astorian designer Sprout. Keep an
- 35-11 34th Ave, (at 35th St)
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