New York City has always been a mecca for fashion, attracting fashionistas from across the globe to its streets. It is always fun to “people-watch,” as everyone has their own unique style and fashion sense. And when these highly fashionable people get tired of their clothes, they give them to thrift stores, and that’s where the real fun begins.
Outside the thrift mainstays like Goodwill and Salvation Army, the city has many more gems to explore. Whether you love to be thrifty or are a broke college student, you will love the following thrift stores, ,many of which are considered among the best thrift stores in New York City.
Bless this place for color-coding; it makes shopping so much prettier. Not to mention the clothes are amazing, with funky coats, scarves, sweaters, and button downs. You could buy an entire wardrobe here, guaranteed. Additionally, you can sell your clothes at both the Manhattan and Brooklyn locations. (And then buy more…)
This store has great bang for your buck, but it lacks the vintage vibe that many of the others pride themselves on. While you may find one or two vintage or designer labels, the consignment chain will likely be your place to go for graphic tees and ripped shorts.
L Train Vintage
If you know what you are looking for, this is the place to go. At any of their New York City locations, you can find massive walls of jeans shorts, leather jackets, button downs, and more.
Dusty Rose Vintage
Dive in! This Brooklyn staple has bins upon bins stuffed to the brim with bags and clothes. Then, at the front of the store, you can find vintage postcards, enamel pins, art from local artists, and jewelry. While it is a trek to get out to Greenpoint in Brooklyn, the store is super cool and worth a visit for a vintage lover.
Sunnyside Thrift Shop
This well organized Queens thrift shop sells books, CDs, DVDs, shoes, furniture, and clothing. With a fun and friendly atmosphere, this thrift shop is great if you’re looking for everyday clothes, but won’t help you if you’re looking for a dress for your 80’s Zombie-themed prom.
Housing Works By the Bag
How much can you fit in one bag? Here, you can find out and only pay $25! And while this is an amazing deal, it requires patience and finesse. The Brooklyn space is separated by lines of bins that customers dig through like pirates for buried treasure. After you have picked far too many items than can be shoved in one poor bag, you can sit down at one of the tables and sort out the real gems.
Make yourself feel GOOD while you shop for funky antiques, cool furniture, flowy sundresses, and lots of floppy hats. Right near Union Square, proceeds from this shop benefit diabetes research. Good karma and new items, what could be better?
Quirky! Fun! Those are the words that describe this store. Right on 5th Avenue near Washington Square Park, you can find gag-gifts, costumes, tchotchkes, jewelry, scarves, and eclectic vintage clothing. If you are looking for Go-go boots, you’re in the right place.