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Lackluster Vintage at the Assembly New York Sale

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Down a steep staircase and through a heavy door you'll find Assembly New York's Basement Sale. The tiny subterranean space has six racks of merchandise – four of women's clothing, and two of men's. The vast majority of the merchandise is vintage, and all of it is under $100. However, the selection isn't much to write home about. If you're hoping for designers like Jeremy Scott or A Détacher, you'll unfortunately be disappointed.

On the women's racks, we spied Ann Taylor dresses that looked like they were from the early 2000s, Lee "mom" jeans, and many button-down blouses. The accessories, though, are more interesting. We saw several nice leather satchels and totes, and casual flats for spring. There's also a bin of big straw hats, if you're already thinking of summer.

The non-vintage women's clothing is mostly Assembly's own line, the highlight of which is a selection of light-weight zip jackets in a variety of colors. We also spied two lone sweaters by Correll Correll for $80.

Under each rack are bins with more dresses, some denim, and miscellaneous tops and shorts. The shoe selection lines the floor under the racks, aside from a few pairs of booties and sandals on a shelf in the corner. The men's selection is mostly vintage button downs.

There are no dressing rooms and the space is very tight when more than four shoppers are inside. If you're not looking for vintage, it's probably not worth a trip down the treacherous stairs.
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