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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 local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our fantastic city that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.
DJ Chelsea Leyland has spun at events around the country for everyone from Valentino to Fendi and even had the chance to open for Duran Duran. She kicked off Jane Pratt's newest endeavor xojane.com with music for the site's launch, and has had her mug featured inside the pages of NYLON, Teen Vogue, and Paper. When she's not busy running around town in her vintage get-ups, Leyland catches the L to Williamsburg to visit Junk, an emporium of vintage records and a huge assortment of found photographs. Let the digging begin!
Junk in Williamsburg has to be my hidden gem. It is essentially reclaimed junk. I can spend hours in here looking at everything from the second-hand records to the old vintage chests and then spend time rummaging through the vintage photographs. This store is amazing for furniture, but it can be hit-or-miss. I have found some of the most amazing pieces at Junk before. It always feels like a little treasure chest to me and best of all, it's amazingly cheap.· Junk [Official Site]
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