The best vintage stores in NYC

From retro wares to one-of-a-kind statement pieces, these vintage stores are stocked with treasures

Photograph: Courtesy The Break

Some of the loveliest (and cheapest) clothing stores in NYC happen to be vintage stores. Personally, we think shopping vintage is always a good idea. Shopping secondhand helps the planet by reducing excess waste and allows you to scoop up unique duds no one else has. Can’t afford $200 Chanel pumps or high-end retro clothes? No biggie: New York has a ton of options to make your footwear dreams come to true. After making a profit by selling any outdated duds at thrift stores or consignment shops , go back to these prime vintage stores, snag unique throwbacks and style an outfit that will make you feel like a million bucks (but for way less).

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Best vintage stores in NYC

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The Break

There are many reasons why vintage lovers shop The Break, but here’s the gist: The owners believe in the power of a well-curated stash, and they understand what shoppers really want—low prices. Aside from excellent, avant-garde branding and an extremely pleasant in-person shopping experience (on a recent visit, we were given a gratis glass of rosé and were invited to join an impromptu dance party while trying on throwback threads), the merchandise you'll find on the racks is incredible. From teddy faux-fur coats to oversized, pinstripe blazers and floral blouses straight from the ’70s, the shop is loaded with real deal steals.

Greenpoint
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Mirth Vintage

Women who appreciate a color-coordinated closet will love Mirth Vintage, as the store, which hawks mostly monochrome, timeless duds, is organized by hue. At the Greenpoint shop, sift the racks for wares and accessories (bags, shoes, belts and some jewelry) from the early 20th century to the early aughts.

Greenpoint
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Spark Pretty

No shop in New York understands the need to express yourself through a cold-weather protector than one of Manhattan's new vintage shops Spark Pretty. After the success of the store's '90's Forever pop-up, owners Amanda Dolan and Meagan Colbyput down permanent roots in the East Village. Spark Pretty describes its aesthetic as “I Want My MTV” meets '80’s hair bands, crossed with the flash of '70’s glam-rock. We can dig it. We're particularly loving the Lisa Frank denim jackets for sale, in addition to other rare vintage styles such as a crystal-encrusted, hand-painted Tony Alamo designer jean jacket. You'll also find other throwback apparel items including bellbottoms, studded skinny jeans, pins, patches and shoes.

East Village
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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.

East Village
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Amarcord Vintage Fashion

Owners Patti Bordoni and Marco Liotta stock their shops 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.

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 chapeau from an extensive collection that includes cowboy hats, top hats as well as goes-with-everything fedoras and even pork pies.

West Village
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Mr. Throwback

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. The owner's 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. There’s even a VHS player screening favorites like Mighty Ducks and Home Alone and a giant machine vending stickers for 50 cents.

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.

Lower East Side
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10 Ft. Single by Stella Dallas

This vintage mecca, which opened in 2006, 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. This is a great spot to check out if you need to flourish your denim drawer. On the racks, you'll find $20 Levi's, Lucky Brand, Wrangler and more. 

Williamsburg
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L Train Vintage

You’ll find Guess and Levis denim cutoffs, vintage Rolling Stones and Metallica concert tees, and a wide selection of Harley Davidson sweatshirts, jackets and tanks at L-Train’s six locations, which carry ’70 to ’90s style fashions for as little as five bucks. They also have a great selection of neon, pineapple and pink-flamingo printed Hawaiian shirts—perfect for that upcoming summer BBQ where you want to want to look good but still have a few bucks left to show up with a six-pack in hand.

Bushwick
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Comments

14 comments
Manny G

I prefer to shop online these days. Once of the most consistent shops in terms of quality and price has been Cry Violet Vintage. I believe they are located in Toronto. They now sell on Etsy as well as eBay: www.ebay.ca/sch/cryviolet/m.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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