Exploring the 10 Best Vintage Stores for Clothes in Brooklyn
Brooklyn, with its diverse neighborhoods and multicultural and artistic communities, has long been a center and destination for creativity and individuality. When it comes to fashion, the borough offers tons of vintage stores where you can uncover unique clothing for men and women with stories to tell.
We love a good treasure hunt, especially when we find our style and fit. Whether you're a dedicated vintage shopper or just looking for something one-of-a-kind and affordable because you’re on a budget, Brooklyn's vintage stores have something for everyone. In this guide, we'll take you what we think are some of the best vintage stores in Brooklyn and why thrifting them will be so fun.
Location:132 N 5th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Awoke Vintage is a well-known spot in Williamsburg, offering a curated collection of vintage clothing and accessories for men and women. The store focuses on sustainability and features a range of clothing from various eras starting with the ‘20s onward. From timeless quality denim jackets to ‘80s dresses and shirts, you'll find quality vintage items that are sure to become wardrobe staples.
L Train Vintage
Location: Multiple locations across Brooklyn
L Train Vintage is a Brooklyn institution, and one of our MUST-VISIT thrifting spots. With several stores scattered across the Brooklyn, each location has its special vibe and character and offers a wide selection of vintage items, from the coolest clothing to accessories in all price ranges. And of those that need to update their apartment, they have a great selection of vintage home goods. With an ever-changing inventory, the best day to come is on Wednesday, because that’s when you’ll get the best items. You never know what treasures you might discover.
Dusty Rose Vintage
Location: 251 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Dusty Rose Vintage is a vintage marketplace with a unique take. First, we love the name Dusty Rose since a lot of styles use this color palette. They focus on sustainability and provide a platform for independent vintage vendors to showcase their collections. This means that it feels like an old-school department store meets vintage store. You can explore an array of vintage clothing especially ‘70s to ‘90s, accessories, and even handmade items, making it an excellent place to support local artisans.
Amarcord Vintage Fashion
Location: 223 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Amarcord Vintage Fashion is a destination for those seeking high-end vintage pieces. We see TIK TOK fashion influencers who loves high end style recommending this store. This curated boutique offers a wide selection of vintage clothing and accessories from renowned designers such as Prada, Gucci, Ralph Lauren and more. Whether you're looking for vintage luxury or a unique statement piece, Amarcord has you covered. We recommend you visit this spot more than once because it’s not the most budget friendly thrift store but it is one that offers luxury vintage styles when you want to treat yourself.
No Relation Vintage
Location: 204 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009
While technically located in Manhattan, No Relation Vintage is too iconic to leave off the list. And we have to show love for our NYC thrift spots. It's part of the family of L Train Vintage stores and offers an extensive selection of vintage items at prices you can actually afford. You'll find everything from vintage band tees (we love the TUPAC tee we got recently) to classic denim jackets, carpenter pants, and more.
Location: 74 Guernsey St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Beacon's Closet is a consignment store that's become a favorite among Brooklynites. For those that don’t know what consignment is, it’s when someone works with a store and has them sell their item for them. The store keeps a percent of the sale, and the seller keeps the remainder. It's a great place to both buy and sell your gently used clothing and accessories. If you sell them your items, you can also get a store credit to shop with. The store offers a mix of vintage and modern fashion, so you can browse both classic and contemporary styles.
Location: 606 E 11th St, New York, NY 10009
Mirth Vintage, located in the East Village but worth the visit, is a carefully curated store specializing in unique and whimsical vintage clothing. From ‘70s leather jackets and ‘90s oversized overalls to quirky accessories, Mirth Vintage is a treasure trove of eclectic fashion finds for all.
Location: 56 Bogart St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Friends is a super friendly vintage store located in Bushwick. It's known for its genuinely sweet and informative staff and thoughtfully curated vintage clothing. You can explore racks of pre-loved garments from various decades. We found the most amazing ‘90s Nautica jacket here and the price was too good to pass up. Friends makes it easy to find something that resonates with your personal style.
Location: 82 Dobbin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
The Break is a curated vintage store that focuses on ethical fashion. They offer a range of Sustainable clothing for men and women, eco-friendly accessories, and homeware. We love the bamboo plates we recently bought here. What sets The Break apart is their commitment and focus to environmental responsibility, making it an excellent choice for eco-conscious shoppers.
Housing Works Thrift Shop
Location: 122 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Housing Works Thrift Shop is a non-profit organization with a mission to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS. The store offers a wide array of vintage and secondhand items, and your purchases support a noble cause. They have multiple locations in New York City and Brooklyn Cloth. The store carries men’s and women’s vintage clothing, home décor, and surprisingly good vintage furniture. The Upper East Side location on 77th is a must-see if you want to score some luxury names, and the Chelsea location has the best artwork.
Why Shop Second-Hand?
Visiting vintage stores in Brooklyn and New York City is not just about thrifting for one-of-a-kind fashion; it's also about embracing sustainability, supporting local independent businesses, and uncovering pieces of history through the clothing and accessories. If customers come across a vintage store they love, they should share the experience with others and help these unique shops thrive in the community. So, whether you're a vintage serial shopper or a first-time explorer, don't miss the opportunity to dive into the cool world of Brooklyn's vintage fashion scene.
Are There Online Platforms for Vintage Brooklyn Buys?
But what if you can't visit these stores in person? Not to worry, you can still explore and support the vintage fashion scene in Brooklyn through Brooklyn Cloth's Second-Hand Marketplace.
Why Shop Brooklyn Cloth Second-Hand Marketplace?
Brooklyn Cloth Second-Hand Marketplace is an online platform where you can discover a curated selection of vintage and second-hand clothing. It's a great way to access unique and in most cases, one-of-a-kind styles right from your home. When you shop through this marketplace, you're not only adding exceptional second-hand pieces to your wardrobe, but you're also supporting a sustainable and eco-friendly approach to fashion.
For our part, we are showcasing proto samples that have never been produced, which means they are unique. Our customers can also sell pre-loved or gently worn Brooklyn Cloth clothing on the site. Once it’s sold, they can either get store credit to shop the full-price collection or get it deposited to their account.
From Brooklyn's eclectic vintage stores to the convenience of online shopping, there are countless opportunities to embrace vintage fashion and make it a part of your personal style. So, whether you prefer to explore the physical stores or opt for the digital experience, vintage fashion in Brooklyn has something special to offer. Happy shopping!