We all have that friend who manages to emerge from any vintage or thrift store with an armful of incredible treasure, usually in the time it takes us to sift through one sad rack of dusty flannels. In order to sharpen our eye, we sought out one of the city's most resourceful stylists, Liz Teich, and asked (er, begged) her for help. Her first tip? You gotta know where to go. Here are Liz's top picks for scoring vintage finds:
Artists & Fleas Market
70 North 7th Street (between Wythe and Kent), Brooklyn
The designers and vintage purveyors at this market all have a talented eye, so it’s almost cheating that you can find it under one roof. Located conveniently when you walk in, vintage gurus Martha Camarillo and Daniel Martinez teamed up to scour everywhere from the Southwest to the Middle East for the eclectic finds of Gypsy Nation, so you don’t have to. Right across the way, you’ll want to play dress up in my dream closet of vintage pieces from Prêt-a-porter to Pucci in Ricky Becker’s Spooky Boutique. Sometimes I can’t even get through the front of the market without running to the ATM again!
83 East 7th Street
For the label conscious consumer, Tokio7 is heaven. It’s a consignment shop of vintage and pre-owned designer clothing and accessories at reasonable prices. The shop specializes in funky and unusual designs from the big guns like Chanel, Prada, and DVF, but occasionally you’ll find the designer you’ve never heard of and spark the questions of “where did you get that?”
389 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
Okay, so to the vintage lover this may not quite qualify, but this consignment shop is the epitome of cool New York fashion. Helmut Lang, Maison Martin Margiela, Thakoon, Jimmy Choo and Ann Demuelemeester are just some of the timelessly chic names to drop here. Bonus: you can shop and donate with a conscience, any unsold items at the end of the season gets donated CAMBA's women's rehabilitation and homeless shelters located in Brooklyn.
Angel Street Thrift
118 West 17th Street
For vintage lovers who aren’t fans of shopping, you’ll be happy to find that Angel Street Thrift’s items are organized by color, making the shopping experience more pleasant. In fact, if you didn’t see the “thrift” in its name, you may mistake it for a high-end Chelsea boutique. The shop's proceeds benefit those affected by substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and mental illness. Plus, you can get two for one out of this trip, and stop by Housing Works across the street for even more vintage shopping!
92 5th Ave, Brooklyn
This vintage and consignment shop is no secret, but there’s a reason for that. With new items constantly arriving, you can come back often to dig for the perfect bargain. The Park Slope location tends to be well curated and not as picked over like its Williamsburg and Manhattan locations. You’ll find everything from authentic vintage to H&M to Isabel Marant. You can even pick up a vintage frock for under $50 and then get it tailored to create a one-of-a-kind find.
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