The best vintage clothes shops in New York

Find classic pieces, retro treasures and great deals at the best vintage clothes shops in NYC

Friends Vintage

New York is the ultimate treasure trove for throwback-finds, and while scoping out the best shops in Williamsburg almost always leads to discovering ’80s logo tees and frilly frocks from the 1960s, hunting for vintage clothes and accessories in Manhattan can be a real drag. That’s why we’ve combed through the best shops in NYC that sell retro garb—at a variety of price points—to satisfy ever vintage-lover's dream. And in case you still can’t afford those $200 Chanel pumps, you can always make a profit by selling your duds at consignment stores.

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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 mens- and womenswear. Shoppers can choose from racks of concert tees ($50–$100), 1980s T-shirts ($18), printed button-downs ($20) and men’s leather motorcycle jackets ($75), and the floor is lined with colorful women’s flats ($25). Check out the back room, which features 1950s military wear ($75–$350).

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Williamsburg

Amarcord Vintage Fashion

Owner and Rimini native Patti Bordoni stocks both locations with decades-old duds in pristine condition that she sources from frequent trips to her homeland. Expect to find well-known Italian designers such as Missoni, Dolce & Gabanna and Salvatore Ferragamo mixed in with other European labels that fit Amarcord’s edgy, mod aesthetic. We recently discovered a Gucci sheer tank ($80) and an ’80s Versace sequined bustier ($400), but there’s also a plentiful men’s section, where we spotted a Dolce & Gabbana silk suit jacket ($125) and an Umberto slouchy knit sweater ($125). 

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Williamsburg

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. Housed inside Meyer’s contemporary-clothing shop, Mary Meyer, the boutique’s name is a tongue-in-cheek nod to the popular ’90s sitcom, and the store carries grunge, goth and classic ’80s and ’90s women’s finds such as snakeskin-print silk skirts ($46), Steve Madden chunky heeled boots ($34) and oversize embroidered vests ($62). The duo plans to take over more space in Mary Meyer to expand its stock of clothing, shoes and accessories in the coming months.

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Williamsburg

Mr. Throwback

In 2012, 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 are back in their childhood bedroom at his men’s shop, which specializes in vintage sports attire like NBA snapback hats, beggining at $30 and Starter jackets ($100–$250), but also stocks WWF, Space Jam and Batman paraphernalia ($3–$30). A VHS player screens favorites like Mighty Ducks and Home Alone, and a giant machine vends stickers for 50 cents. Shoppers get ten percent off the first Thursday of the month and Spitz frequently gives customers 10 percent off merchandise if they can name the old-school tunes playing in the shop.

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East Village

New York Vintage

This high-end boutique is known for dressing celebs—even Michelle Obama—for red-carpet events and photo shoots, with designer pieces dating back to the 1850s. The store’s Art Deco–era dresses have made their way onto Boardwalk Empire and are featured in the new Gatsby film. Discerning fashionistas with a penchant for preloved loot can scoop up Chanel earrings ($150–$350), Gucci strappy sandals with ribbon ties ($325) and period cocktail dresses (starting at $300). An appointment-only showroom upstairs houses museum-quality pieces that can be rented for special occasions. Come ready to empty your wallet.

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Chelsea

Pippin Vintage Jewelry

Husband and wife duo Steve and Rachel Coopers curate a collection of well-priced baubles sourced from flea markets and estate sales in the Northeast. Visiting the homey shop (named after their King Charles spaniel) is like sifting through your elegant grandmother’s jewelry box. Most of the items on the floor sell for less than $55, including colorful glass beaded necklaces ($28–$55) and men’s cufflinks and tie bars ($10–$25), while finer pieces are laid out in the display case. Look for stunning 18-carat filigree-and-rubellite rings ($485) and Bakelite belt buckles affixed to modern elastic bands ($155).

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Chelsea

Shareen

This L.A. brand opened on the second floor of a nondescript Flatiron brownstone (look for the red dress hanging on a fire escape) in 2009. The women’s boutique sticks to budget-conscious prices (the average frock costs $38) and receives new shipments of 1950s–’90s dresses, skirts and blouses every Friday. No men are allowed, so women can feel comfortable trying on original period pieces and reworked vintage dresses ($58–$198) from owner Shareen Mitchell’s own line out in the open (there are no changing rooms). The staff act as stylists, pulling pieces—like faux-wrap striped day dresses ($38), embroidered evening gowns with sequin lining and sheer overlay ($120) and crinoline-and-lace petticoats ($48)—to suit customers’ individual tastes.

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Shirley + Alice by KWeb Kollects

Celebrity stylist Khalilah Williams-Webb, who dresses A-list athletes like New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, grew up with an eye for old clothes after time spent thrifting with her mom. Her 500-square-foot Bed-Stuy boutique boasts an edited combination of estate and thrift-shop finds and period pieces her customers crave. In addition to vintage standouts like silk tea-length dresses ($125) and ornate metal purses ($45), Williams-Webb stocks contemporary indie designer labels such as Olori collection by Adeleke Sijuwade African-printed bowties ($50–$75) and Vivienne Kelly Jewelry double rings ($59).

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Bedford-Stuyvesant

Tiger Blanket Records & Vintage Boutique

Singer-songwriter Emmy Wildwood infuses her twin loves of fashion and rock & roll into her indie record label’s storefront. The den stocks 1970s floral-print kimono dresses ($58); 1980s sequined striped tank tops ($48); men’s concert tees ($98–$128); and fringed 1980s leather jackets ($128); plus $5 records from retro favorites such as the B-52’s and Debbie Harry. Wildwood also puts out one seven-inch by a local unsigned band each month ($5), available exclusively at the store, and hosts free monthly performances.

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Williamsburg

What Goes Around Comes Around

This luxury vintage mainstay opened in 1993 and sells men’s and women’s items, dating back as far as the 1860s, from designer labels like Louis Vuitton, Missoni and YSL. In addition to hawking an array of Chanel handbags ($1,500–$4,000), men’s rock tees ($50–$1,000) and Levi’s jeans ($98), in 2006 owners Gerard Maione and Seth Weisser launched an eponymous men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collection ($50–$950). The shop also caters to fashion designers, stylists and magazine editors, who can make an appointment to dive into its extensive archive of clothing and textiles.

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Soho

Comments

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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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vintage lova
vintage lova

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