Wearing: Zara top | L train vintage Army jacket + Pants | Chess and the Sphinx vintage bag
For my loves out there who enjoy the hunt for the perfect garment or accessory, Brooklyn’s many vintage and thrift shops offer plenty of opportunities for adventure. First things first, theirs a significant difference between a thrift and a vintage shop. A vintage clothing item is one that is at least 20 years old. Most clothing considered vintage dates from the 1920s – 1980s. Pre-1920s clothing is considered antique. Thrift stores on the other hand don’t care when the clothes were made. They traditionally sell secondhand clothes and other household items. There you’ll typically find fast fashion pieces and former fads at bargain prices.
For hipsters and fashionistas alike, collecting and wearing vintage clothing is, ironically, fashion forward. I personally LOVE hunting for unique pieces that set my wardrobe apart. I get such a rush when I find that perfect piece that fits like it was custom made! So, here’s a little break down of my favs:
1: L Train Vintage: NUMBER ONE FOR A REASON! It’s my humble opinion that L Train Vintage is by far the best vintage store in Brooklyn. For starters they have 6 locations! 5 in Brooklyn and 1 in the East Village. They even have an online shop. I frequent the Bushwick location because its SO close to my apartment and it happens to be its largest location. I scored both the Army jacket and the wide leg pants there AND I spent less than $10 on each piece. Need I say more?
2. Chess and The Sphinx: A close second fav is this tiny, super chic vintage shop. It has more of a boutique feel which means less clothes to search through, but every piece in there truly is a gem. A place where fashion treasures hide just waiting to be found. The prices are also shocking! The entire aesthetic of the place lead me to think that it would be a vintage store out of my price range, but I was so wrong! I have gotten 1940’s leather handbags for under $50 and staple pieces for less than $30! It’s an absolute must if you’re ever hunting in Bushwick.
3. Worship: Another hidden gem nestled in Bushwick. This unisex boutique has 2 locations Echo Park, LA & Brooklyn, NY. They offer a highly curated collection of vintage clothing and accessories from the 1990s. Some of my favorite pieces in closet I found in Worship, from a Celtic Frost vintage tee to a Marc Jacobs summer dress. The buyers absolutely kill it and the prices are very reasonable.
4. Beacon’s Closet: Is known by the Village Voice as New York City’s best used clothing store. The Gothamist named them one of the best thrift stores in NYC. And New York Magazine said “These chic little shops are stuffed with stylish, lightly used downtown essentials and groovy vintage pieces . . . There’s a great selection of used Levi’s and hip T-shirts.” With 4 locations 3 in Brooklyn and 1 in Manhattan. Locals confirm that Beacon’s closet is THE place to buy-sell-trade.
5. Friends: The perfect combination of thrift, vintage, retail, and name brands. Located in the heart of artsy Bushwick. They truly have something for everybody! They carry, women’s and men’s, contemporary and vintage clothing, accessories, and footwear. The prices might not be as low as L Train or Beacon’s closet, but definetly reasonable.