When I was in New York last week, one of the things I really wanted to do was check out the thrift stores. I’ve been following a few New York-based fashion bloggers for years and have often coveted their amazing thrift shop finds. So when we booked our trip to the city, I soon had a list of places I wanted to go to hunt down some finds of my own.
I didn’t get chance to visit all the shops I wanted to – I was on holiday with my boyfriend, after all – but I did hit up my top two.
Beacon’s Closet – beaconscloset.com
This is the daddy of New York thrifting. So many of my favourite New York bloggers find beautiful vintage and second hand pieces here, from dresses to accessories. I visited the Brookyln store, which is the original and (I think) biggest, but there are also stores in Williamsburg and central Manhattan.
Inside there are racks and racks of clothing, sorted into category so you can browse dresses first, then skirts, then tops and save shoes for last. Beacon’s Closet is famous for its ‘buy, sell, trade’ policy where you take a bag of your old things and swap them for cash or store credit, although I didn’t get to try that out. I did take a huge pile of clothes to the (plentiful) changing rooms though, and came away with the vintage skirt I’m wearing here ($7.50) and the silk dress I wore here ($15). Well stocked, reasonably priced and a very enjoyable shopping experience right in the heart of stylish Park Slope, Brooklyn – a must-visit!
Housing Works – shop.housingworks.org
Housing Works was recommended to me by my lovely friend Lisa, who picked up a pair of Prada shoes at the Chelsea branch for $20! Housing Works is a community supporting those with HIV/AIDS and the company runs thrift shops across New York. The Chelsea branch is supposedly where the celebs take their unwanted items so that’s where I headed, but there are locations all over the city – see here for them all.
We stopped by on a rainy day and the shop was packed with eagle-eyed bargain hunters. If I lived in New York (or could afford international shipping), I’d have snapped up half the stuff in a second – this place is bursting with amazing vintage furniture, from sofas to record players and everything in between. But the reality of my overweight suitcase meant I left with just one thing – this vintage leather clutch bag ($8). It has a detachable mirror inside – perfect for 2am touch-ups!
There are so many other thrift shops in New York that I want to visit, but I think to see them all you really need a dedicated trip… and that’s what I’m planning next! I’m delighted with my finds but now I’ve caught the bug and know there’s so much more out there. I’ll be back!
Have you ever been thrift shopping in New York? Do you have any tips to add?