Vintage shopping – from coast to coast it has some of the best in the country. We are breaking down our top 5 from NYC to LA below. 🙂
Courtney’s East Coast Picks
Beacon’s Closet – One of my personal favorites when I was living in Bushwick (which let’s just start off by saying that Bushwick is the HAVEN of vintage shipping, we will get more into this below). They have however four locations in the city – Greenpoint, Park Slope, Union Square in Manhattan and the Bushwick location. One of my favorite things about Beacon’s Closet is that it is one of the only vintage shops that also buys from you. I have sold bags, after bags of clothes to them, and anything that they don’t buy you are able to donate. Which is perfect in the case you are looking to downsize. One of my biggest wins from Beacon’s Closet was a vintage DVF jumpsuit for $90, pictured above!
L Train Vintage – When Kelly and I were living off the Lorimer Stop in Williamsburg, L Train was our go to vintage location for two years. They have four locations across Brooklyn and one in the east village of Manhattan! I will say that their speciality is definitely coats, leather, and jackets. So this would be the prime time to make a visit! You won’t be disappointed! Kelly scored this amazing faux fur jacket a few years back pictured above 🙂
Urban Jungle – Some may call this the “mecca” of all vintage new york city vintage shops. It is located in Bushwick and absolutely massive and spans an entire block. When ever we would have friends come to visit we would always bring them here because it is THAT GOOD. It is also a one stop shop and a store that you can find mostly everything that you are looking for. It is also extremely organized for how massive it is.
Vintage Thrift Shop – Okay, so Vintage Thrift Shop isn’t the most unique name for a vintage thrift shop, but this small boutique does carry quite the unique selection of vintage clothing, accessories, and antique housewares. While designer shoes and [specifically the] accessories acquired at a decent deal set the table for a satisfying purchase, the fact that you’re buying from a nonprofit (proceeds benefit the United Jewish Council of the East Side!) and that your purchases are tax-deductible make your shopping adventure that much better.
Kelly’s West Coast Picks
Melrose Trading Post – I am Melrose Trading Post’s #1 fan. It can be a little “sceney” and you will have to dodge the 15 year old’ Kylie Jenner look-alikes who are basically walking around in the nude (omg I sound like my mom) but you can find some really great pieces. From furniture, to tents filled with vintage denim – there really is vintage for everyone here. It is only open on Sunday so recommend that you go early to skip the crowds!
Wasteland – If you live in LA you have most likely been to Wasteland. It is pretty much the go-to second hand shop for all things cool, rock etc. The prices can be a bit tricky as you shuffle through things that are actually designer vs just secondhand so make sure you peak at the price tag!
Ragg Mop Vintage – This diamond in Silverlake specializes in casual to high end clothing and jewelry from the 1890’s – 1990’s. You will feel like you are shopping in your grandma’s closet…but like your very cool grandma.
Jet Rag – TBH I haven’t been here yet but I have been hearing about the Jet Rag $1 sale for years that happens every Sunday. You can literally spend hours here but must be patient as I have hear that there is a lot of digging involved but you can find some treasures!