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The best vintage stores in NYC

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

By Alison Kotch and Jennifer Picht

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 After making a profit by selling any outdated duds at thrift stores or consignment shops , go back to these prime vintage stores, snag unique throwbacks and style an outfit that will make you feel like a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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11. Antoinette Vintage

Shopping Boutiques Williamsburg

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.

Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Lexi O.

Friends Vintage
Photograph: Courtesy Friends Vintage

12. Friends Vintage

Shopping Thrift stores East Williamsburg

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 landed a retro-chic outfit, pick up some home furnishings to match, like soap, candles and wall-size tapestries in gray, black or blue.

New York Vintage
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13. New York Vintage

Shopping Boutiques Chelsea

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.

Ritual Vintage
Photograph: Courtesy Ritual Vintage

14. Ritual Vintage

Shopping Thrift stores Little Italy

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.

Pippin Vintage Jewelry
Photograph: Krista Schlueter

15. Pippin Vintage Jewelry

Shopping Jewelry Chelsea

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. Items on the floor include colorful glass beaded necklaces, men’s cufflinks and tie bars, with finer pieces laid out in the display case. Look for a 1930s-era turquoise, black and gold ring that will look great with a crisp white button-down and pair of jeans, or a pearl and diamond bracelet (circa 1950) that radiates classic elegance.

Angela’s Vintage Boutique
Photograph: Courtesy Angela’s Vintage Boutique

16. Angela’s Vintage Boutique

Shopping Boutiques East Village

Love dresses, pastels and florals? You might have to dig to find them, but Angela’s Vintage Boutique has a great selection of all three and is a great destination for shoppers who know they want something new but don’t have the time or patience to look for it on their own. The owner is known for pulling the perfect pieces from the 20s and 30s directly off the rack for customers and providing honest feedback on what works (and doesn’t) on your body. Accessorize with something from the collection of costume jewelry, and top off your look with a one-of-a-kind fur coat or fringe jacket.

Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

17. Shareen

Shopping Boutiques Flatiron

Scene-stealing ladies will love the selection of ’50s to ’90s skirts and blouses at this reasonably priced boutique, which brings in new shipments every Friday. No men are allowed, so women can feel comfortable trying on original period pieces and reworked vintage dresses from owner Shareen Mitchell’s own line out in the open (there are no changing rooms). The staff act as stylists, pulling pieces—like color-block day dresses, lace evening gowns and crinoline-and-lace petticoats—to suit customers’ individual tastes.

What Goes Around Comes Around
Photograph: Alex Strada

18. What Goes Around Comes Around

Shopping Consignment store Soho

This luxury vintage mainstay opened in 1993 and sells men’s and women’s items from designer labels like Louis Vuitton, Missoni and Hermes in addition to hawking men’s rock and military tees, Levi’s jeans and the world’s largest selection of vintage Chanel handbags. The shop caters to fashion designers, stylists and editors (who can make an appointment to dive into its extensive archive of clothing and textiles), and the shop’s popularity has only grown in recent years: A Los Angeles location opened in 2008 and two more New York locations were added in 2015, in East Hampton and Roslyn.


19. Dusty Rose Vintage

Shopping Thrift stores Greenpoint

After opening a vintage-wholesale warehouse in 2012, owner Maresa Ponitch is extending her inventory to the public. Ponitch was in charge of Urban Outfitters’ special and collectable vintage collection, and now uses her trained eye to source apparel and accessories for both sexes from brands such as Ralph Lauren, United Colors of Benetton, Members Only and Vans. While the rows and rows of bins may be daunting, prices average just $8 to $20 for shirts, sweaters, bags, shoes and dresses. 

20. Loveday 31

Shopping Womenswear Astoria

This small but well-curated shop is full of bright, beautiful summery pieces, like a white sundress with a multicolored belt and a sexy deep-V floral romper. Feeling indecisive? Owner Ivona Bilicic (a former buyer at Screaming Mimis and lover of all things vintage and girly) will help you decide; frequent customers love her for her honesty and enthusiasm while helping you walk away with what looks best on you. We fell in love with their selection of neutral boots and handbags in a variety of shades (including electric purple).

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