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Shopping in NYC can be exciting since you can pretty much find anything here. Each neighborhood provides different experiences. If you’re shopping in SoHo, you’ll find many curated stores. Shopping on 5th Ave gives you a plethora of high-end and commercial stores.
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Our Favorite Thrift Stores in NYC
However, if you’re not careful, NYC shopping can hurt your wallet. So where can you shop on a budget in the city? One way is to dig for second-hand pieces. When you thrift, you could possibly come up with unique pieces and some of the thrift stores in NYC donate some of the profit to charity. Also, if you have clothing or furniture that you want to sell or donate, a lot of the stores will buy the items from you.
So, without further ado, we’ve rounded out some of the best thrift stores in NYC for you here in this article. Happy thrifting!
With multiple stores throughout New York, Beacon’s Closet is a popular choice for many New Yorkers and tourists. There are locations in Park Slope, Greenpoint, Bushwick, and Greenwich Village. Thrifting requires a good eye, patience and sometimes just plain luck, but that’s what makes it exhilarating. If you have clothing that you want to get rid of, you can donate or sell it to the store. They’ll check your pieces on the spot and you’ll receive a percentage of the resale value. If you want store credit, you’ll get about 50 percent and if you’re looking to make a quick buck, you’ll receive about 30 percent.
Buffalo Exchange, is very similar to Beacon’s Closet and has multiple New York thrift stores as well. You can possibly find designer pieces such as Louis Vuitton all the way to fast-fashion like H&M or Zara. There’s also the option of selling or donating your clothing as well. Here’s a tip, if you plan on selling clothing, call the store first to see what they are looking for. This will save you the hassle of bringing unnecessary clothing.
L Train Vintage
One of the best thrift stores in NYC is L Train Vintage. Just like the first two, there are multiple locations throughout the city with a good portion of them in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. You’ll find an array of clothing and some really standout pieces as well. They have a dedicated team that travels throughout the US to source pieces.
For anyone looking for unique pieces, this thrift store in NYC is a great place to check out. Tokio 7, located in East Village is owned by Makoto Watanabe who hails from Tokyo. The store stocks statement pieces and items. Be prepared to spend more money than your usual thrift shop. If you’d like to sell, consigners get 50 percent of the resale value.
There are six INA locations in NYC and they all stock clothing, handbags, footwear, and accessories. This is the place to shop for high-end labels such as Tom Ford, Thom Browne and many more. To sell clothing, you need to make an appointment (Monday–Saturday) or you can fill out an online form. From there, you can mail your clothing to them.
General Front Store
This vintage/thrift/lifestyle store is located in DUMBO Brooklyn. The Front Street General Store has a rustic and eclectic vibe and the items that they carry reflect that. Most of the clothing are second-hand, deadstock and one-of-a-kind items pulled from various parts of the world, mainly from Japan and France. The price ranges here fluctuate. They’ll carry vintage Levis, vintage Yohji Yamamoto, and vintage Commes Des Garcons. They also carry accessories such as jewelry, socks, hats, and gloves. In addition, candles, scents and household items can be purchased here. It’s a small store with a lot of options and is definitely worth a visit.
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