A BEAUTIFUL MESS. I mean that in the best possible way. This little Harlem shop may be cluttered, but it’s filled to the brim with amazing findz—especially if you like things that are bejeweled, bedazzled and be…sequined? (if that’s not a word it should be). All the best finds are covered in shiny stuff, from mini dresses to 80s sweaters to denim jumpsuits. The best part is, everything is reasonably priced—especially those men’s blazers for $20. Another plus? It’s right next to the famous and delicious Amy Ruth’s. Might I suggest the Reverend Al Sharpton chicken and waffles. Best fried chicken and waffles. Ever.
121 W 116th St.
New York, NY 10026
DRAWERS FULL OF TREASURES! This East Village treasure trove has a lot to offer, including 2.5 million buttons, dating from the 1860s to the 1960s. It is, apparently, one of the largest button collections in Manhattan. They also have about 10,000 cuff links, lots of vintage eye wear and designer fashions from the 1900s to 1990. Their impressive collection, as well as the assortment of vintage photographs, serves as a historic catalog, offering inspiration to designers and one of a kind treasures to customers.
334 E. 9th St.
New York, New York 10003
Open Wed-Sun 3-7 pm
IT’S NOT JUNK! I love this place. Not so much for clothes, but it’s a great place to find awesome cheap furnishings for that expensive New York apartment. They have so much furniture, and all of it is kind of crazy and unique. Especially the Grandma couches—you know pea green, bright yellow, aqua blue, floral patterns. All that good stuff. But my favorite part is the super random art upstairs! If you’re in the market for a good Jesus painting, this is your spot. Apparently there are two Junk locations very close to one another in Williamsburg. Not sure what the other one is like. Guess I’ll have to go and see!
567 Driggs Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Open every day 9 am to 9 pm
AN INDOOR FLEA MARKET! Every weekend artists, designers and vintage collectors pop up shop in this large warehouse in Williamsburg to create Artists & Fleas. When I went last Sunday, these were a few vendors that caught my eye:
Gypsy Nation Vintage: Perhaps it’s because I’m obsessed with brightly colored embroidered textiles from Thailand, Mexico and South America that I’m in love with this vendor. But I also found it to be the most unique of the several vintage clothing booths in the space. Their vibrant, eclectic, bohemian, worldly fabrics certainly caught my eye.
juli raja hand built: Juli learned the art of hand weaving and block printing fabrics in India from her mother and father in-law. Her men’s and kids’ button-up shirts are adorable—especially the cupcake design.
Speaking of cupcakes, there are food vendors too! Le Petit Cupcakery was there, but sold out before I could get my hands on one.
Webbedware: Courtney Webb combines sleek design with vintage fabrics to create her beautiful cuffs and earrings.
Another Work in Progress: These handmade journals and sketchbooks are fun—especially the ones made out of vintage board games.
Artists & Fleas
70 North 7th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Open Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm
With my very first video post I introduce you to Metropolis Vintage!
WOW. SHOES. This East Village establishment has more beautiful vintage shoes than I’ve ever seen in one place in my life! From Justin boots to oxfords to desert boots to boat shoes, they have tons of them and they’re all in great condition. They also have a lot of options for men—a rarity in the vintage world!
Oh! And they play great music. Streamed from an online radio station I think? You can hear it in the background of the video (when they’re not vacuuming!)
43 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Open Mon-Wed, Sun 12 pm-9 pm; Thu-Sat 12 pm-10 pm