After 5 years living in the city, I’ve had time to do a decent (cough cough, I mean a huge) amount of shopping, and have been more and more into second-hand and vintage retail therapy. That goes hand in hand with my will to consume better and buy less (or not at all) fast fashion, as well as the thrill of searching and finding special styles at a good price. So I’ve rounded up my favorite vintage boutiques in Manhattan and Brooklyn for second-hand and vintage fashion shopping.



THE BREAK: first, I love this store just because last time I went they offered me to drink some rosé, so definitely spoke straight to my heart. Aside from the booze, they have a great selection of denim (Calvin Klein, Levi’s etc) and on-trend vintage: leather trench coats, silk blouses, etc. They also carry some in-season emerging designers jewelry.

AWOKE VINTAGE: I typically have to dig inn a little more at Awoke Vintage and don’t always find something, but definitely worth to mention if you’re in Williamsburg.

DOBBIN ST COOP: I love their interior decoration and furniture selection, they have the best velvet and rattan pieces. Their fashion vintage selection is a little over the top, definitely more for statement pieces or fur. Definitely worth checking out if you’re in Greenpoint/North Williamsburg.

DUSTY ROSE VINTAGE: I first discovered this vintage store at a Passerbuys event as their location is available for pop-ups and events. Otherwise, there are a ton of bins you have to dig from, so don’t be discouraged and plan enough time to browse. You can also shop at wholesale prices if you spend more than $400. More for the second-hand/vintage pros.

HORIZONS VINTAGE: This one is so close from my apartment that I pass by it pretty much every day - ultimate tentation. It’s great for minimal french girl style and rattan all things.

10FT SINGLE BY STELLA DALLAS: I prefer this store for their men’s selection. For women, they have a great selection of blazers and little scarves and bandanas.


THE VINTAGE TWIN: they have multiple locations in the city and have a wide range of prices. I like that it’s organized by category. I always look at the tees and belts.

THE REAL REAL: really good for vintage luxe brands, as well as past season contemporary brands. I generally go to the store to drop off things for consignment and mostly browse online through their app. I always look at Manolo Blahnik, Staud, Ganni, vintage Dior and vintage Fendi and save my favorite “obsessions”.

DUO NYC: my favorite vintage store in the East Village. I love their selection of denim.

AMARCORD VINTAGE: this one is definitely more of a higher price point and more sophisticated vintage style. I’ve never got anything from this store but it’s the most beautiful selection, categorized by every color of the rainbow. They also have the most mouth-watering Chanel costume jewelry and vintage belts collection.


THE REAL REAL: I’ve started selling some luxury fashion and accessories items I’ve owned with The Real Real since this past September and I’ve been really pleased with my experience.

VESTIAIRE COLLECTIVE: as a French, it’s definitely a must-have-to-be-mentioned for me. They have really good price points for luxury items, but definitely double check the photos and description to make sure the condition of the item is what you except and that you have no surprise when your order gets delivered.

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