In New York City, thrifting and vintage shopping isn’t just a way to obtain affordable clothing, it’s a lifestyle hobby and more importantly a sport. To the average human who can’t find anything to do on a Saturday evening thrifting would never cross their mind, but not us New Yorkers! What better way to create the perfectly curated closet than an afternoon of sifting and thrifting. Everyone is always searching for those exclusive pieces to add to their wardrobe to set them apart, but where to find them is the real dilemma. Looking for the perfect vintage threads may often seem impossible. No need to clean out your grandmas’ closet anymore, because we have you covered.

For a beginners guide at thrifting here is a look into a few of Our Second Skin’s favorite Vintage stores:

1. Urban Jungle: 120 Knickerbocker Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237, (718) 381-8510

This hip Brooklyn spot embodies, the urban “hipster” customer. They sell an amazing range of all things retro from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. They have the perfect selection of denim EVERYTHING, from pants to jackets to skirts. This Brooklyn chain has a massive variety from jackets, blazers, flannels, and so much more, and the best part is everything is super affordable. Vintage stores typically over-price their items, but they are true to price at Urban Jungle. Definitely one of my favorite stores to spend the day in, there are endless possibilities.

2. Awoke Vintage: 132 N 5th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, (718) 387-3130

Located in the cultural hub of Williamsburg lays the perfectly curated Vintage shop; Awoke Vintage. While many vintage stores with endless clothing can be exhausting, Awoke is easy to browse with a small handpicked collection of vintage garments from all over the globe. The store is eclectic, fun and the ladies who work there can style you head to toe with their expert knowledge on vintage pieces. This boutique style store is always consistent with their selection including, denim, jumpers, leather, and dresses. Warning: It is almost impossible leaving this store without something in hand!

3. Beacons Closet: 23 Bogart St, Brooklyn, NY 11237, (718) 417-5683

This Brooklyn gem is one of my favorite places to find à la mode designer duds for affordable prices. Unlike other vintage stores, Beacons closet offers buy, trade, and sell services, which is a great way to get rid of your old clothes and cash in some new gold. They have a great collection of groovy pieces and a killer shoe selection, leaving you wanting more.


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