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How To Shop Brooklyn Vintage

Thrifting can be overwhelming. When I first started shopping vintage I had no idea what I was doing, I didn’t know what to look for, and I was easily overwhelmed by the endless racks of clothing before me. I was used to curated little boutiques with expertly executed merchandising.

Things have since changed, and now the thought of a store with racks of clothing that looks unappealing to most feels like a treasure hunt. I am truly a kid in a candy store. I have a sense of what I want before I get in there, I gravitate towards sweatshirts, tees, and jackets. I’m really into 90’s nostalgic colors and prints. One of my latest ventures was to find a sweatshirt that was reminiscent of a $90 one I liked but couldn’t justify buying. I’ll show you later on in this post, but before I get into where to shop I’m going to drop some knowledge on you real quick. If everyone in the United States purchased one piece of second hand clothing this year in lieu of new, that would save 6 billion carbon emissions, which is equivalent to taking 500,000 cars off the road. Over half of the clothing produced in the U.S. ends up in landfills, and that includes the clothing that we donate. Yikes. I’ll let that sink in for a second.

Ok, back to the fun stuff, let’s kick things off with L train vintage. I was there today, and I picked up 4 things in 1 hour and spent $38. My go to location is in Bushwick, Brooklyn at 106 Knickerbocker Ave. However, they have a ton of locations all around the city.

Ltrain Finds

I cropped both of those sweatshirts and also the t-shirt, this baby blue sun washed pastel St. Tropez tee is by far my favorite find yet.

Leopard shorts are from Motel.

St. Tropez

As promised, here’s the $10 vintage find vs. the $90 inspiration.

Current vs. Vintage (photo cred bottom left Retro Brand at Free People)

Here’s my top 5 Brooklyn vintage spots:

L Train Vintage, 106 Knickerbocker Ave. – be ready to sift through racks of clothes but I swear there are so many hidden gems, all the photo’s in this post are things I picked up from L Train. They have various different locations but I prefer the one on Knickerbocker. Prices for sweatshirts and tees are $10 and under.

Urban Jungle, 118 Knickerbocker Ave. – Right next to L Train Vintage, so you can hit both in one day. Again, a huge space with racks upon racks of clothing at super affordable prices, Most tees and sweatshirts go for $10 and under.

Worship Vintage, 117 Wilson Ave. – Worship is curated clothing and accessories inspired by artists and musicians. Extremely affordable depending on what you want. You can check out their prices in their Instagram captions.

10 ft. Single By Stella Dallas, 285 N6th St. – The space is quite large, and quite curated. I’d say Stella Dallas has the largest breadth of clothing in my experience. You can find everything from a silky dress to a cropped fringe jacket, really unique pieces.

Awoke Vintage, 16 Bedford Ave. – Awoke is very curated, their stores have more of a boutique feel, and it’s much easier to find things you love. Their buyers really understand what the customer wants right now, and because of this the prices are considerably higher. So if you prefer a more curated experience then Awoke is for you, but just be conscious of how much you’re paying.


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