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Buffalo Exchange

Buffalo Exchange

Beacon’s Closet
Some vintage boutiques boast prices more akin to major fashion labels. Not so at this bustling Brooklyn warehouse, where not only the prices are great, but also the Williamsburg-appropriate clothing selection—from iconic T-shirts and party dresses to sneakers, leather items and denim, plus secondhand CDs. 88 North 11th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-486-0816,

Buffalo Exchange
While Buffalo Exchange, which also has outposts in Brooklyn and Las Vegas, focuses more on casual products, the shop ensures that everything is high quality. It’s a great resource for guys, including a plethora of dress shirts from the likes of Thomas Pink, John Varvatos, Brooks Brothers and others in the price range of your weekly allowance for Starbucks Macchiatos. And you can unload your own castoffs here too (as long as they make the cut). 332 E 11th St between First and Second Aves (212-260-9340,

Cheap Jack’s
Some people pass this store by thinking it’s too “costumey,” but you just need to know how to buy here. Avoid the fringed suede vests (too ’70s) and poofy prom dresses (too ’80s) and you can land plenty of interesting pieces. Racks of separates that won’t clean you out are just what your wardrobe has been wanting. 303 Fifth Ave at 31st St (212-777-9564,

Edith Machinist
There’s always an impeccable selection of flat leather boots, antique jewelry, military-style jackets, silk party dresses, and bags and shoes in every shape and color—all more affordable than ever. Machinist “spontaneously” slashes prices every few months, so keep close tabs. 104 Rivington St between Essex and Ludlow Sts (212-979-9992)

Girls Love Shoes
Sisters Zia and Dana Zilprin have handpicked ladies’ shoes-—all aged to perfection—and arranged them by size on floor-to-ceiling racks. History buffs can find styles from every era beginning with the 1930s. 29 Ludlow St between Canal and Hester Sts (212-966-7463,

Housing Works Thrift Stores
It’s often hit-and-miss when seeking out pristine vintage treasures. But if you make the rounds at these shops frequently enough and keep an eye out for sales, you can score amazing clothes from the ’70s, ’80s and early ’90s at a fraction of what you’d pay for something new at a chain retailer. Various locations (

This string of consignment shops offers immaculate, on-trend items at a fraction of their original prices. This branch caters to both sexes; others (check the website) are for men or women only. 15 Bleecker St between Bowery and Lafayette St (212-228-8511,

Containing a kaleidoscope of covetable colors and patterns, Marmalade has some of the hottest 1970s and ’80s threads for gals to be found below Houston Street. 172 Ludlow St between Houston and Stanton Sts (212-473-8070,

Vintage Thrift Shop
There’s a rotating mix of astoundingly well-preserved designer and nonvintage clothing here, as well as one-of-a-kind housewares, shoes and accessories. We’ve found vintage Yves Saint Laurent blouses for $12, striped skinny ties for $6 and a pair of classic Salvatore Ferragamo pumps with bows on them for $10. Pretty much everything is a find, but you still get that thrill-of-the-hunt feeling. 286 Third Ave between 22nd and 23rd Sts (212-871-0777,