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New York City has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some of the city's shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our island (and beyond) that we might not all know about. Cue The Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.
Image via Vintage Thrift Shop
As the editor-in-chief of Styleite.com, Verena von Pfetten knows a thing or two about fashion. She's also notable for her work at the Huffington Post, the Daily Beast, and Town & Country, her appearances on both GMA Now and CNN Headline News, and her amazing name. Ironically, when we asked for her advice, the woman with one of the best monikers in the business recommended a vintage thrift shop called...Vintage Thrift Shop.
"Vintage Thrift Shop on 22nd Street and Third Avenue might be New York City's most down-to-earth vintage store. It's nicely curated, refreshingly organized, and, most importantly, incredibly well-priced. Located in an area of the city not exactly known for its fashion sense (Uggs, leggings, and a North Face fleece does not an outfit make), this store offers up a nicely edited assortment of real vintage pieces mixed in with more contemporary deals. It's the type of place where you might find last season's Prada heels (unworn, of course) set below a 1960s swing coat, which is next to a $5 wool sweater from J.Crew."
"But the clothing isn't even the best part. The back left corner of the store is filled with $1 books and boxes of records, while the right hand side offers up colorful kitchenware, vintage furniture, and a plethora of home accessories from every decade. Come with $10 and you'll leave with a 1950's tea set in seafoam green. Finally, their window displays aren't just made to entice, they're set up as ongoing silent auctions. While the prices for these goodies often skew more Manhattan-esque, there's something delightfully adventurous about leaving your bid on the auction sheet by the register. It's like Christie's for the underpaid masses."—Yale Breslin
· Styleite [Official Site]
· Vintage Thrift Shop [Official Site]