5 Best Thrift Stores in NYC
L Train Vintage
With six locations across Manhattan and Brooklyn, L Train is know as “Everyone’s Best Kept Secret”. If you’re not sure what exactly you’re looking for but know you’re in the mood for some thrift shopping, L-Train is your spot. Prices are pretty reasonable but due to its popularity, one of a kind steals are going to be few and far between.
Though the ambiance is pretty bones in this East Village shop, if you’re looking for a few throwback tees or some vintage polyester, No Relation is your spot. No Relation gets routine shipments from all over the country making no two visits the same and if you need an outfit for a costume party or just a walk around Williamsburg, it’s worth a stop.
A little different from our preferred styles, Procell is your go to from anything and everything to Gucci Ashtrays or one of a kind vintage rap tees. Looking more like a museum than a thrift shop, Procell has become the go to store for famous rappers and the like looking for high end classics.
If you’ve ever browsed the pages of GQ, the name Melet Mercantile may sound familiar. Bob Melet cut his teeth as a vintage buyer for Ralph Lauren. In 2003 he founded Melet Mercantile to allow designers, art directors, etc to discover one of a kind pieces from around the world. Before you jump in a cab, be sure to give Bob a call as Melet Mercantile is appointment only.
No NYC based list of vintage shops would be complete without mentioning Brooklyn Flea. From April to October vendors from all over head to DUMBO every Sunday to sell a curated collection of clothing, furniture, jewelry and art. Since its inception in 2008, the Brooklyn Flea has become one of NYC’s must sees for tourists and locals alike.
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