Fun, vintage, and designer clothes are expensive. At least that’s what places like Urban Outfitters want you to believe. In reality, fun clothes aren’t expensive if you know where to look. If you live in New York, there are lots of stores with deals on fun, vintage, and designer items. Here are some of our favorites.
Buffalo Exchange has five shops in the city: two in Manhattan, two in Brooklyn, and one in Astoria, making it a super convenient spot to thrift. Prices vary depending on items, and can be anywhere from a few dollars to a few hundred depending on the quality and designer.
Located in Greenpoint, 10 Ft Single has two entire rooms full of secondhand and genuine vintage goods, along with an entire store next door filled with vintage fabrics, carpets, and finer vintage dresses and shoes. It’s well-organized, reasonably priced, and constantly updated with new pieces.
Crossroads is unique from a lot of other shops in that it lets individuals sell their on-trend clothing and goods for credit. There are stores all over the country, but the ones in New York are located in Williamsburg and Chelsea. A lot of the stuff comes secondhand from contemporary brands, and in general it requires more work when it comes to scavenging for finds, but the cost of items is much lower than retail prices.
If you get overwhelmed by the mayhem of thrifting, AuH2O is a great place to find quality items at a decent price without having to look too hard. The store itself is small, and only has around 50 items at any given time, but the pieces themselves are priced well and rotate quickly, so there’s always something new.
Sunnyside Thrift Shop has tons of cheap treasures, nearly all of them priced at $20 or less. Located in Queens, the shop has everything from old VHS tapes to name-brand clothes and shoes for cheap. You’ll have to do some rummaging, but the payoff is worth it!
Beacon’s Closet has stores in Green Point, Manhattan, Park Slope, and Bushwick, making it convenient for thrifting regardless of where you live in the city. Each store has endless racks full of color-coded clothes and consignment goods varying in time period, size, and style. While it’s a little more to sift through, the deals there are hard to beat.
There are so many amazing thrift store in New York City, but these are just a few of our favorites. If you have a favorite store we didn’t include, comment below and we’ll check it out. We might even add it to the list if we find out it’s as good as you say it is!