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The Best Thrift Stores in NYC – Trust Me On This (2024)

The Best Thrift Stores in NYC – Trust Me On This (2024)

Are you looking for the best thrift stores in NYC? Then you came to the right place, and this is why! After writing this blog, thrift shopping is my biggest passion and I’ve been to almost all thrift stores in NYC! I would say that 99% of my closet is thrifted… so trust me on this.

If you have ever seen those New York Street style videos on YouTube, you know that New Yorkers always wear something vintage when they say where their outfit is from. If you think about it, people living in New York don’t have a lot of space, so there’s always going to be that supply-and-demand in thrift stores just because people are always getting rid of things, they don’t have the space for.

Sure, you can visit New York to go to the department stores and trendy boutiques, but it’s not the most wallet-friendly option, plus it will guarantee that you’ll never wear the same dress or jacket as anyone else.

If you’re up for a hunt, visiting thrift stores in NYC can make you some amazing and unexpected finds. Sometimes you can even find brand new pieces with tags on them.

The best part about thrift stores in NYC is that each store reflects the neighborhood it’s in, whether it’s uptown society or downtown trendsetter style.

So lets dive in, here is my list of the absolute best thrift stores in NYC:

Buffalo Exchange

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At Buffalo Exchange you can go through their many racks of gently used clothing to get your hands on some true thrift finds. This is also one of my favorite thrift stores in NYC, and I almost never leave the store empty-handed.

Here you can find some trendy brands like Ganni, Jaded London but also fast fashion brands like Zara. The buyers only take in pieces that are fitting the current fashion trends and season. Don’t forget to check behind the counter where they keep the more expensive designer items.

Buffalo Exchange have a few locations around the city, but the best are located in Williamsburg, and Chelsea. The store in Williamsburg has trendy and more hipster style and whimsical pieces whereas the Chelsea store feels a little more business fashion since it’s located on Manhattan next to the Fashion collage FIT.

Address: 114 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001, 504 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

L Train Vintage

Photo credit: L Train Vintage

L Train Vintage is a go-to thrift store for many of my New Yorker friends and is one of the best and biggest in the city. You might have seen this thrift store already from TikTok or YouTube where people are showing off their thrift finds.

What makes L Train Vintage unique is that they don’t only rely on the local community for sourcing their items, they also receive shipments from other places and have buyers all over the US finding merch.

They have a couple of locations around the city including No Relation Vintage Clothing and Urban Jungle which are both under the L Train umbrella. Urban Jungle is the best!

Address: Urban Jungle, 118 Knickerbocker Ave, Brooklyn NY 11237

Beacon’s Closet

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This is one of my personal favorites and go to thrift stores in New York City. I go here at least once a month, especially to the location in Greenpoint and the one next to Union Square. Beacon’s has a great variety of both vintage clothing as well as thrift finds like newer trendy brands. You can shop for dresses, jackets, jeans and more for both men and women. I’ve thrifted some of my absolut coolest jackets from here.

They have a couple of locations around the city but their best store like I said the best ones are Greenpoint and Union Square. The one in Greenpoint is so big that It feels like entering a warehouse filled will clothes and accessories, that they buyers have handpicked for each season and current trends.

Address: 74 Guernsey St, Brooklyn, NY 11222 (multiple locations)

Rogue

Rouge is one of the latest thrift stores in the city owned by the TikTok-influencer Emma Rogue. Her online thrift stores were so successful that it lead to her opening up her very own thrift store in New York City in 2021. All thrift shop lovers in the city were very excited!

At Rouge, you can find some amazing Y2K and 90s pieces such as baby tees, boots, rave pants, cute knit sweaters and some rare designer finds. This store has a very unique and vibrant (and almost chaotic in a good way) energy and is a must-visit if you’re looking for the best thrift stores in NYC.

Address: 53 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002

Ludlow Flea

thrift stores nyc ludlow flea market lower east side

This is a hidden gem on the Lower East side and one of the best places in the city to go thrift shopping for the absolute best prices. I was on the hunt for an oversized The Frankie Shop blazer, which I found here for $10, insane! Ludlow Flea is an outdoor market with different vendors.

Address: 159 Ludlow Street

10 ft Single by Stella Dallas

This is known for being Bella Hadid’s favorite thrift store in NYC. It’s not like your regular thrift store, they have lots of matching sets, amazing selection of skirts (which I’m always on the hunt for), and silk pieces. It’s a little more expensive than some other thrift stores on the list but it’s definitely worth a visit.

Address: 285 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY

Other People’s Closet

Other People’s Closet has two locations, one in Ridgewood and one in Bushwick. At this NYC thrift store you can find highly cured pieces for a great price. They have an amazing selection of Y2K and 90s style clothing and accessories where most pieces are prices between $10-30.

They also have a fun online shop, don’t forget to check it out!

Address: Bushwick: 333 Troutman St, Ridgewood: 885 Woodward Ave,

The Niche Shop

The Niche Shop is a must visit if you’re looking for the best thrift stores in New York City. Here you can find great unique and trendy items for a very affordable price. They have everything from the cutest handbags, jackets, and dresses to Monolo Blahnik shoes, and home décor.

Address: 311 E 81st St, New York, NY 10028

Awoke Vintage

Awoke Vintage started as a small store in Williamsburg in 2012. Today, they have two more stores location in Greenpoint. This is definitely one of the best thrift stores in NYC carrying carefully selected pieces with a focus on bright colors and whimsical designs. Here you can thrift some sunglasses, denim, dresses, jewelry and much more!

Address: 132 North 5th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Tired Thrift

With Y2K and 90s still being a major fashion trend today, I’m happy this store exists. Tired Thrift is an amazing thrift store in New York City for those fashion savvy youngsters who’re looking to shop some unique funky pieces like a Harley Davison tops, Ed Hardy dresses, and graphic tees.

Address: 10 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

AuH20

After graduating in 2006, Milwaukee native Kate Goldwater decided to open up her own thrift store in East Village. In this funky shop, you can find a curated selection of vintage and thrift clothing and accessories that are easy on the wallet. Most items here are both affordable and on trend.

If you’re not in NYC, you can also shop some of the pieces online on Depop, Etsy, and Instagram.

Address: 84 E. 7th St, New York, NY 10003

Do you have any favorite thrift stores in NYC? Feel free to leave a comment below! Would love to hear it.