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The best vintage clothing stores in NYC

These vintage clothing stores have what you need, whether you’re a fan of retro or just love one-of-a-kind pieces

Photograph: Courtesy Friends Vintage

A list of the best clothing stores in NYC wouldn’t be complete without our favorite vintage clothing stores. Can’t afford $200 Chanel pumps or high-end clothes? No biggie: New York has tons of options to bring your footwear dreams to life and upgrade your closet with one-of-a-kind outfits, getting you out of that Forever 21 rut. After making a profit by selling your outdated duds at thrift stores or consignment shops, go back to these places to pick up that outfit that will make you feel like a million bucks (for way less).

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Best vintage clothing stores in NYC

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Metropolis Vintage

Countless celebs call Metropolis a favorite shopping destination, including Sky Ferreira, Julian Casablancas and Iggy Pop. And no wonder: The shop boasts one of the best vintage T-shirt collections in the city, as well as leather jackets, sports jerseys and breezy summer rompers. We fell in love with a black leather Coach purse covered in gold studs, along with a purple, black and shimmery silver zebra sweatshirt that brought us straight back to the ’90s.

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East Village
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Amarcord Vintage Fashion

Owners Patti Bordoni and Marco Liotta stock both locations with decades-old duds in pristine condition, sourced from frequent trips to their Italian homeland. Expect to find well-known Italian designers such as Gucci and Valentino mixed in with other European labels that fit the shop’s edgy, mod aesthetic. We recently discovered a multicolor button-up Versace blouse that’s so bold it needs no accessories, and there’s also a men’s section where you can find Euro-influenced clothing and a plentiful selection of buttery soft T-shirts.

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Williamsburg
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Star Struck Vintage Clothing

Ladies and gents looking to add some variety to their wardrobes will love the selection at Star Struck—expect to find everything from well-worn Fleetwood Mac, GNR and Pink Floyd concert tees to vintage Christian Dior silk scarves. Complete your rock-star look with a vintage brass belt buckle and a hat from the extensive collection that includes cowboy hats, top hats in a range of neutrals, goes-with-everything fedoras and even pork pies.

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West Village
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Mr. Throwback

In 2011, Michael Spitz quit his accounting job to hawk nostalgia pieces he’d been collecting for eight years. Children of the ’80s and ’90s will feel like they’re back in their childhood bedroom at his men’s shop, which specializes in vintage sports attire like NBA snapbacks beginning at $30, as well as NBA jerseys and—believe it—FUBU jackets. His collection is so well-curated that rappers and celebs (like Kid Cudi and Scarlett Johansson) are among the shop’s fans. It also stocks WWF, Space Jam and Batman paraphernalia, and there’s even a VHS player screening favorites like Mighty Ducks and Home Alone and a giant machine vending stickers for 50 cents.

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East Village
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Procell

Situated directly across from Bowery Ballroom, this shop aims to satisfy your craving for late ’80s and ’90s streetwear, and it more than succeeds. Invoke some nostalgia with a hard-to-find Smashing Pumpkins concert tee, an oversized Wu-Tang shirt or a pair of rugged yet sexy Gucci/Timberland printed boots. Accessorize with a Keith Haring keychain or patch and pick up a Troll (remember those?!) as a fun conversation piece to make your trip down memory lane complete.

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Lower East Side
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10 Ft. Single by Stella Dallas

This vintage mecca, which opened in 2006 and has since expanded to include home-goods boutique Stella Dallas Living (281 North 6th St at Havemeyer St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-387-6898) across the street and women’s shop Stella Dallas (218 Thompson St between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts; 212-674-0447) in the West Village, packs an exhaustive collection of affordable men’s and women’s clothing. Shoppers can choose from lived-in concert tees, bright plaid shorts and flannels, a huge selection of on-trend overalls and racks of one-of-a-kind shoes. Seriously, we mean one of a kind: There was recently a pair of white leather kitten-heeled boots with pastel flowers there.

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Williamsburg
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Antoinette Vintage

Vintage fanatics, start your engines: Fashion Institute of Technology graduate Lexi Oliveri has raided her stylish mother’s stash to curate a well-edited collection of pieces tagged at surprisingly gentle prices. Grab yourself a head-turning, white crochet bodysuit by Solana, a sexy, black-belted sundress by Jeanne d’arc or a summery, Gucci-inspired pleated skirt by Nik Nik that will turn heads on the boardwalk, beach or city street. The space is outfitted with industrial pipes, French damask wallpaper and a 1960s bamboo shelf stocked with purses and jewelry to complement any outfit you put together.

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Williamsburg
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Friends Vintage

Former roommates (but still friends) Emma Kadar-Penner and Mary Meyer pooled their design and fashion backgrounds to launch an affordable alternative to high-priced vintage fashion. The boutique’s name is a tongue-in-cheek nod to the ’90s sitcom, and the store carries grunge, goth and classic ’80s and ’90s women’s finds such as a breezy blue floral babydoll dress, summer flat sandals made of thick fisherman rope, chunky black platform boots and a brown-and-black matches-with-anything Dooney & Bourke purse. Once you’ve gotten yourself a retro-chic outfit, pick up some home furnishings to match, like soap, candles and wall-size tapestries in gray, black or blue.

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Williamsburg
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New York Vintage

This high-end boutique is known for dressing celebs for red-carpet events and photo shoots, with designer pieces dating back to the 1850s. The store’s fashionable pieces have made their way ontocountless theater and movie sets such as The Wolf of Wall Street and Kinky Boots. Discerning fashionistas with a penchant for pre-loved loot can scoop up Chanel earrings, Gucci strappy sandals with ribbon ties and period cocktail dresses. An appointment-only showroom upstairs houses museum-quality pieces that can be rented for special occasions, so come ready to empty your wallet.

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Chelsea
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Ritual Vintage

Shoppers with eclectic fashion sense will go crazy over the selection at this downtown shop: All of the clothing and accessories are hand-selected by the owners, and they make a point to choose pieces that you won’t find anywhere else, specializing in items from 1850 to 1950 (though there are more modern threads, too). Recent finds include a deep-green studded Yves Saint Laurent suit from the 1980s and a delicate pair of Ralph Lauren rose-print lace-up espadrilles.

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Little Italy
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John J
John J

Pilgrim New York.  Google them.  Best amazing designer vintage Chanel, Ann Demeulemeester, Martin Margiela, Comme des Garcons (hundreds of pieces!), Rei Kawakubo, Sacai, Helmut Lang, YSL, Dior, Alberta Ferretti, Prada, Miu Miu, Ungaro, Dior, YSL, Jewelry that is runway Chanel Vintage, incredible store located downtown NYC.  They've been listed in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and major magazines. All stylists use this store.  It's definitely a show stopping experience.

Debby W
Debby W

@John J  Thanks, I'll check Pilgrim out. A shame they don't have an online store.

rcmooreunique r
rcmooreunique r

I have to say this a cool list of shops and i also own a vintage clothing and costume shop, i am also  a milliner so i make hats and fascinators, also masks, burlesque and Steampunk costumes,Not in NY but in Lehigh Valley PA.My shop is about 1hr. and 25 mins,away from the city,fortunate enough to attract movie-costumers from all over the world. I also have an Etsy shop online  https://www.etsy.com/shop/RCMooreVintage  hope you can stop by when you can, we have over 20,000 items and ship allover the world.Good luck to all.    

PastPerfect
PastPerfect

A secret Gem in the heart of DUMBO, called VINTAGE TREASURES NY. 

Great pieces, Hand selected by the owner , and great prices too...

Located in DUMBO MARKET at  145 Front street #16 Brooklyn 

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maison jadis
maison jadis

You can also check out a newer vintage shop on Crosby St in NYC called "Maison Jadis" www.maisonjadis.com 

Barbara W
Barbara W

Try out a new site called Aubrey Square http://www.aubreysquare.com

It's a small selection of vintage decorative items at very reasonable prices.The best part is the shipping is FREE!

Christina Freeman
Christina Freeman

Pretty good recommendations, the only thing that sucks is a lot of NYC vintage shops don't bother to set up an online shop :( Wish they would put all their products online, but I guess it would be hard if there's a lot of turnover - http://artlyvintage.com is an online vintage shop based out of nyc, I buy a lot of vintage jewelry from here while I wait to actually move to NYC!

JeanieBrooke
JeanieBrooke

Love it, love it, love it! Inspirational vintage shops, where else but in New York, New York!! Thank you for the list1