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Thrift, Consignment & Vintage Stores | NYC Fashion


New York City is known for its shopping, for
the big boutiques and the brand names, but one of the things that it really does best
is vintage or thrift and consignment shopping. Let’s be clear on what the difference is. So vintage or a vintage shop means pre-worn
clothing that’s typically from another era. So at this point, yes, maybe 90’s counts as
vintage, but we’re talking early 90’s and before that. Thrift and consignment can be more contemporary
clothing. So consignment means that someone’s dropping
it off at the store, and they’ll get paid once it gets sold. So that’s usually where you’re going to find
something that’s something in-season or maybe a season or two old. Someone bought it, they spent a lot of money
on it, they wore it a bit, and now they’re done and want to get a return. So it really depends on what you’re looking
for. If you want to get some current clothing maybe
a little cheaper, then you want to look at consignment, and if you want to get some super
individual one of a kind pieces, that’s when you want to look at vintage. A few things to keep in mind when you’re shopping
in either of these stores is fit. You can always get something tailored to be
smaller. You’re never going to get it bigger. So you can definitely go a size up, or if
something feels a bit loose or baggy, you can definitely purchase that and then get
it tailored. If it feels too tight, you’re never going
to be able to fix that. That’s the same thing with shoes. So anything with vintage or thrift or consignment,
when you’re looking at it, it’s not size the way when you go into a boutique and you say,
“I’m a size 10 or a size 4”. You’re just going to have to try things on
and then use your imagination to think, “What can I do to make this work?” And the plus side is, you’re getting this
on discount, so it’s worth spending the money to tailor it. Take a dress that’s maybe a little looser,
and bring it to a quality tailor, and spend 20 or 25 dollars getting it fit perfectly
to you. That’s the benefit of vintage or thrift. I mean, you’re not going to get a contemporary
piece of clothing that’s one of a kind and custom measured to you. If you go vintage, you can find something
maybe from the 70’s like a cool Maxi dress, and maybe it’s a bit big, but you spend another
20 dollars getting it tailored and you have a one of a kind piece that you got for under
50 dollars. Another thing to keep in mind is digging. You’ve just got to put in the time. Most vintage stores and thrift stores in New
York are merchandised pretty well. They put things in certain styles, certain
colors and certain eras. You definitely want to take the time to go
through every piece because you never know what’s going to be hidden. A lot of the times, there’s a lot of people
in there and they’re moving things around. It’s worth spending that time to find that
hidden treasure that no one else saw. The one thing you never want to do is buy
something that’s stained. It may seem like a good idea because you’re
going to get it for a really cheap price, but it’s not worth it. You’re not going to be able to get it out
and you’re never going to wear it. So if something has a red wine stain or if
something even looks like it’s just got a mark on it, it’s probably been washed a few
times. Someone’s probably also taken it to the dry
cleaner’s, and if they didn’t get it out, you’re not going to get it out. So definitely look for clean things first
and foremost. Then make sure that if it doesn’t fit you
perfectly, it’s on the bigger side, and then just make sure to dig. If you’re in the SoHo area, I love 11 on Prince
Street. They have a great mix of sort of consignment,
definitely some vintage, sort of 70’s Americana style, and then some current products that
they’ve designed as well. For really good consignment and sort of current
season stuff, you should look at like a Tokyo 7 in the East Village, or Closet in Brooklyn. Those are places that just everyone in New
York uses them, and you’re going to get the mix of the high and the low, and it’s going
to be contemporary and from current seasons, and you’re going to save so much.

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