The Ultimate Guide to Thrifting in New York City

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By: Erin Kean

Of all the perks of living in New York City, the access to vintage clothing stores is one of the best. Since NYC is one of the fashion capitals of the world, it’s easy to score designer clothes at a fraction of the cost. Spend a Saturday channeling your inner Carrie Bradshaw with hundreds of vintage stores in the city to choose from. The real key to finding the hidden treasures amongst all the clutter though is taking your time. From rare high-end vintage finds to everyday basics, the following roundup of vintage stores have it all. Take advantage of everything the city has to offer and shop these stores below.

Narnia Vintage

For the ultimate cool-girl look, head to Narnia Vintage where beige silk tops, velvet jackets, and patterned jeans fill the racks. Along with incredible vintage finds, the store is full of gemstones and crystals that are for sale. This store cannot be missed!

Narnia Vintage: 672 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Housing Works

Scattered around the city, Housing Works is an excellent option for clothing, furniture, and house decor. Each season they host a huge sale where they release the best pieces they’ve been holding onto for months. The prices are reasonable, and the accessibility of the locations makes this an easy choice for anyone.

Housing Works: check Google for the one nearest you are there’s multiple locations around NYC!


For statement jewelry and designer clothes straight from the runway, Resurrection is the place to go. Resurrection holds collectibles and authentic vintage pieces from Alexander Mcqueen to Vivienne Westwood. The statement jewelry by Richard Minadeo is not to be overlooked either. Resurrection also allows for online purchases for anyone outside of NYC!

Resurrection: 45 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

Nomad Vintage

A relatively new store, opening in 2013, Nomad Vintage is bohemian chic. Think Little House on the Prairie meets New York City. With patterns and textures inspired from all over the world, the collection of clothes, jewelry, and house decor has something for everyone. In comparison to other vintage stores in the city, Nomad Vintage is reasonably priced making it budget friendly.

Nomad Vintage: 208 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003

Madame Matovu Vintage

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Go to Madame Matovu Vintage for feathers, pearls, and statement pieces. Although small, Madame Matovu Vintage only carries the best of the best. Walking into the store is like walking around Paris in The Roaring Twenties. Although the store is primarily for clothes and jewelry, there are a few house decor gems scattered throughout.

Madame Matovu Vintage: 240 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014


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