Best Thrift Stores in NYC, According To New Yorkers

Best Thrift Stores in NYC

We love New York and we especially love to shop there.

But we prefer our shopping to be kind to the planet now and that's why we put this list together.

Thrifting is the best way to shop, it means reusing and recycling rather than making new things to pollute the planet and it gives you a chance to tailor your style to something truly unique.

NYC is the place to go for that and these shops are where you want to get started!


Beacon's Closet

Beacon's Closet

We think any thrifter in the city will mention Beacon's Closet as one of the best thrift stores in NYC.

They have four locations which means you can easily get to one of their thrift shops and we like that they mix it up with vintage pieces, designer labels, and vintage and modern clothing.

This is the kind of place that led us to become thrifting addicts (see our confessions of a thrift store addict to find out more).

We bought a Vera Wang number here for under $100! You can't go wrong.

Address: Various Locations, See Website For Details

Check out Beacon's Closet here.


Laced Up

Laced Up

Secondhand clothing with a focus on streetwear is what Laced Up is all about and it's a great thrift store with a ton of locations across the city.

If you want a pair of sneakers that's do die for, this is the place to find it and you can also get some amazing finds in skatewear and caps.

Of course, if you want to make the most of your thrift shopping trip, you should check out our amazing thrift shopping tips.

Address: Various Locations, See Website For Details

Check out Laced Up here.


2ND Street

2ND Street

If you don't mind paying a premium then you'll find a huge selection of designer goods in this pick of our best thrift stores.

Now, that doesn't mean you'll be ripped off, we've got friends who picked up a Prada purse here for under $10!

It just means they aim high-end and sometimes the prices reflect that.

Address: Various Locations, See Website For Details

Check out 2ND Street here.


Buffalo Exchange

Buffalo Exchange

One-off the biggest names in vintage shops in the country is Buffalo Exchange and as you might expect they have some of their vintage stores in NYC too.

There are 6 locations to choose from and if you want a vintage clothing store with a huge range of women's clothing, in particular, to choose from, you can't go wrong here.

Address: Various Locations, See Website For Details

Check out Buffalo Exchange here.


Tired Thrift

Tired Thrift

This vintage shop offers unique vintage clothing from the early 2000s and late 90s.

If you're all about the nostalgia when vintage shopping then you will love this place, it really stands out among NYC thrift stores as a place where passion guides every stocking choice.

Address: 10 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Check out Tired Thrift here.


L Train Vintage

L Train Vintage

There are many vintage stores in Brooklyn but only the L Train Vintage has 8 different locations all dotted around the Brooklyn Grey Subway Line.

They are good thrift stores for high-quality items and they restock every location on a thrice-weekly basis.

If you visit each of their thrift shops, in turn, you will find that they all offer a unique experience. Stores in New York aren't about homogeneity, they're about allowing you to express yourself.

Address: Various Locations, See Website For Details

Check out L Train Vintage here.


Cure Thrift Shop

Cure Thrift Shop

If you're in New York, you'll want to visit the East Village and when you visit the East Village? You have to investigate the Cure Thrift Shop.

This is the only store in New York that is dedicated to raising funds for diabetes (particularly juvenile diabetes) and its founder is also heavily involved in advocacy across New York and a broader area to raise awareness of this condition.

Address: 91 3rd Ave, NY

Check out Cure Thrift Shop here.


Crossroads Trading

Crossroads Trading

Crossroads Trading entered the New York market in the early 90s when everyone in New York was discovering the power of the secondhand purchase.

Now? They still sell secondhand items but they do so from multiple locations across the city and they buy items too, which means you can get cash or store credit every time you empty out your wardrobe.

Address: Various Locations, See Website For Details

Check out Crossroads Trading here.


The Attic

The Attic

The Attic is all about zero-waste and they say that sustainable fashion is the only way to stop the Earth's landfills from overflowing with junk.

It's a good thrift store if you want fun and hidden gems, you can't rely on the best vintage items being on their shelves but you can find thrift items that tickle something deep in your consumerist soul 🙂

If all small businesses were like this, there would be no large businesses in New York City because everyone would be getting great prices and brilliant shopping experiences.

Address: 231 Grand St., Brooklyn, NY

Check out The Attic here.


Emma Rogue

Emma Rogue

This social media savvy shop is all about Gen-Z and Millennial taste and they know their niche perfectly.

You can find a load of their products being modelled by happy purchasers on Tik-Tok and if you just want to take a bright and breezy attitude to your wardrobe revamp, you'll find Emma Rouge knows exactly what you need.

Address: 53 Stanton St, NY

Check out Emma Rogue here.


Flamingo's Vintage Pound

Flamingo's Vintage Pound

Ever bought your clothing by the pound? Well, you can at Flamingo's if you want and it can save you a small fortune.

They also do a cool mystery box full of curated pieces (for cheap) just call ahead of time, pick the category and size and they'll do the rest.

Address: 143 1st Ave, NY

Check out Flamingo's Vintage Pound here.


Monk Vintage Clothing

Monk Vintage Clothing

You will never see the pieces they sell at Monk in a shopping mall.

If you want leather jackets with neon fringing or t-shirts that can be seen a mile away? Monk is where you go to find it.

Every single thing they sell is a hidden gem, depending on your tastes of course. They're the best deals in the city too.

Address: 500 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Check out Monk Vintage Clothing here.


Final Thoughts On Thrift Store Shopping, Vintage Clothing And More In NYC

There's nothing in life more fun than enjoying a shopping spree in the Big Apple, right?

You should be able to find everything you need in the stores above but if you can't you might want to check out these online thrift stores too.

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