4 posts tagged Thrift
We do shop vintage and thrift but haven’t done so lately because we haven’t had time to go out and search.
- Anthony & Dustin
WIWT: Friday Morning
It’s nice to not already be running late for work and just have that extra time to go about my morning routine at a normal pace - something that doesn’t happen often. Here’s my casual Friday look - well the clothes at least. That look on my face, I dont even know what that is. Ehh. Only 8 more hours til the weekend.
Also, thanks to Dustin for my Friday morning butter toffee coffee (which was practically empty by the time he took the photo). I mean who needs a Keurig when you have someone to make your coffee for you? =P Ahh life’s simple pleasures…
PS - Dustin would’ve posted his WIWT too but he wasn’t even dressed yet because he now gets to go into work 2 hours later every day. Was there haterade in my coffee? Because I’m just a tiny bit jealous…
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We did a whole list of our go-to stops in the NYC area for vintage/thrift shopping here.
And that’s not a bad question at all. Let’s first explain the difference between vintage and thrift stores.
- Both vintage and thrift stores sell second hand items.
- Thrift - Store owners sell items that they receive from donations (free) and donate some of the profit to a charity or foundation. They are cheaper than vintage because they don’t have to buy the items they sell.
- Vintage - Store owners buy their items from other sources and sell them for a profit which is why they are more expensive than thrift stores. Most vintage stores, however, have a better curated selection of items on sale because of the fact that they choose their own merchandise.
Goodwill and Savers are pretty well known thrift stores. If you’re patient and take your time you will be able to find some good deals and maybe even designer items.
As far as vintage/thrift shopping in smaller places, or any place, for that matter, it’s good to do some research. Google stores in your area and plan on visiting some on a weekend when you have time. If you find one you like, stick with it and visit often for the “first pick.”
One good thing to remember when buying second hand is to always look at the potential of an item.
- Does it fit me in the right places? Can I get the rest altered?
- Will a trip to the dry cleaner or shoe repair shop make it brand new?
- You see a pair of bootcut jeans for $2, we see a pair of denim cutoff shorts (compare to Levi’s cutoff shorts prices)
- Missing buttons, patches, tears, rips? Get them fixed? Or leave them for style, character
If you go shopping with that in mind it’ll help you see the value in what you find.
- Anthony & Dustin
We do a lot of shopping at Vintage and Thrift shops.
- Another Man’s Treasure, Jersey City, NJ - Our favorite is right here in Jersey City, and is totally worth the trip on the Path Train across the Hudson. Handpicked selection so no time wasted sifting through the “junk.”
- Odd Twin, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY - Another vintage boutique for men and women. Great for sweaters, cardigans, and tees.
- Beacon’s Closet, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY - A few blocks down from Odd Twin, this location is smaller than the Williamsburg store but it’s easier to rummage through the racks for great finds. Usually less busy too, so you’re more likely to get first pick!
- Rags-A-Gogo, Chelsea, NY - Tons of vintage tees in the summer and great selection of blazers, vests, and coats in the winter.
- No Relation Vintage, East Village, NY - More of a thrift store if you ask us but that also means if you do a little digging you’ll be able to get some pieces for cheaper than vintage stores. A ton of tees so def stop by in the early spring to get there before the crowd.
- Buffalo Exchange, Beacon’s Closet, and Monk Vintage, Williamsburg, NY - If you have the patience you might be able to snag something unique but you have to compete with other fashion-conscious shoppers who are probably looking for the same things.
We also go to Goodwill every now and then when we have the time. There’s obviously a ton of other places in NYC but this is where we find our best pieces. Feel free to leave a comment if any of you followers have any other recommendations.