After spending a fair amount of time scouting out the best second-hand shops in New York prior to my holiday last month, I thought I would do a little round-up of a few of the thrift and vintage haunts I loved the most. Whilst New York is renowned for pavements being lined with designer, I was far more excited about the scouring the second-hand shops of the East Village - I realise that I'm talking as though I could afford a little designer, I can't! But the thrift/vintage/second-hand shops didn't disappoint. On Saturday, after walking 45 blocks to 579 5th Ave (otherwise known as Monk Vintage), I treated myself to a 70's suede jacket I know I am going to love forever - an investment purchase at it's best. To be worn with a faux fur stole in winter and over a floral dress in summer, I'm sure I'm going to get my pennies worth with this little jacket. So that's enough babbling from me - here's a few of my favourite second-hand shops in NYC.
AuH20 84 East 7th Street
In AuH20 I got the feeling that clothes had been hand picked especially for this beautiful little shop. Owned by Kate Goldwater (Au=Gold, H20=Water, so a bloomin' clever name), AuH20's mission is to make shopping sustainably as 'easy and enjoyable' as shopping elsewhere. Definitely a shop after my own second-hand heart. I walked away from AuH20 empty handed but instantly felt shoppers remorse as I didn't pick up the perfect-for-spring, pink suede skirt and the 90's maroon bomber jacket and, well, everything else in this beautiful, incredibly reasonably priced shop.
Forever an advocate of vintage, charity and second-hand shopping, I think we need more shops like the Buffalo Exchange in London. With Buffalo Exchange being a Buy-Sell-Trade shop, you can drop of old clothes and either sell or trade for be-youu-tiful second-hand clothes. I visited Buffalo Exchange as a shopper with nothing to sell/trade but I managed to pick up a $15 second-hand stripey dress which I have worn over and over since landing back in Landan Tawnnn. This place is a little less vintage and a little more current high-street trend so if you're not a fan of the 50's to 90's and are happier with newer, more current trends then this is the shop for to spend an hour, ahem, I mean an afternoon in.
I'm a little jealous of Beacon's Closet - I wouldn't mind it as my own wardrobe as this place is full of rails of clothes, shoes are piled on the shelves and accessories line the shop in abundance. Another Buy-Sell-Trade one, Beacon's Closet was another place I hurried off to the changing room with a silver pleated skirt, a shirt with inappropriately gigantic sleeves and a whole lot of delightfulness which can only be picked up in a second-hand stores.
Monk Vintage, 579 5th Avenue
Last, but most certainly not least, Monk Vintage. This is the place I picked up my beloved 70's suede jacket. With a whole load of vintage greatness hidden amongst these filled rails. Time Out have said about Monk Vintage 'dig and ye shall find' which explains why I loved this place. There is nothing more exciting than routing around a treasure chest for seriously enviably items which will be at the forefront of the wardrobe for a hell'uva long time.!