NYC thrifting

Today is Sunday, which marks a week and a half until the show opens that I'm costuming (Sam Shepard's Geography of a Horse Dreamer... crazy little piece). So yesterday I was hopping from flea market to thrift store, shopping like crazy for it and in the middle of my route around the city I realized how awesome all of these little places are that are nestled in the Big Apple. And then! I really realized that this is exactly why I started my blog! To let people know about stuff like this, and to kind of organize my progress through my life and career. So I organized a list of a few great places I've been to so far... enjoy!

The Garage
112 W 25th St. (between 6th & 7th aves) - only weekends 7am-5pm
This place is a huge, two story, indoor flea market with vendors ranging from vintage clothing and shoes to jewelry, to decorations, to random chotchkies that you never knew you wanted.

The Family Jewels
130 W 23rd St. (between 6th & 7th)
A very charming store in Chelsea that actually delivers authentic vintage clothing and jewlery in great condition. The prices are on the higher side, but you really get what you pay for. This is one of my favorites I think.

Rags A Gogo
218 W 14th St. (between 7th & 8th)
This is more of a second hand store that carries a lot of stock from the '70s, '80s, and '90s and is extremely well organized. The owner is a really nice, interesting woman who is very helpful so going here is always enjoyable. They literally have dozens and dozens of cowboy boots, Member's Only jackets (and others comparable to them), tshirts, flannels... lots of streetwear.

Starstruck Vintage
47 Greenwich Ave (between Perry & Charles St)
This is a tiny place in the West Village that is filled floor to ceiling with great finds. There is so much here to look through and so much of it is very unique, a good place to go if you love browing through vintage clothing.

City Opera Thrift Shop
222 E 23rd St. (between 2nd & 3rd aves)
You walk into this place and it's everything you want a thrift store to be and more. It's organized, the staff are friendly, and there are are so many beautiful pieces. As obvious in the title, it is owned by the New York City Opera and all proceeds go towards the costumes on their future productions.

Pippin Vintage Jewelry
112 W 17th (between 6th & 7th)
GORGEOUS! This store is a girl's dream!! There is such a great selection here and a lot of it is actually very affordable (Many earrings are about $15-22 even though they are 50 or 60 years old!). My favorite part about it is that almost every piece in the store is labeled with the year or decade that it was made in and where it is from, which is so helpful considering many people aren't familiar with vintage jewelry. Truly a gem, no pun intended.

Artists & Fleas 
129 N 6th St. Williamsburg, Brooklyn (between Bedford and Berry) - open weekends only 12pm - 8pm
Awesome flea market/ craft fair in Williamsburg that houses permanent vendors in all types of areas. One man makes jewelry out of old type writer keys and utensils, one woman creates a women's clothing line with her daughter out of deconstructed menswear and dye processes, and another table makes journals and notebooks out of old board games, to name a few. Just go, trust me.


  1. Sam! I am so jealous reading this.. Florida has NOTHING like this. It looks like you're doing BIG things up in the NYC, i'm really proud of you :) Are you glad you went there verses SCAD?! xoxoxo

  2. Look I thisssss!!!! I love it!