There’s no shortage of vintage stores in New York City. Boutiques are scattered across Williamsburg, the Lower East Side and everywhere in between. However, thrifting connoisseurs know that the shopping experience can be a hit or a miss based on what’s in stock. That’s why we love local chainlet Beacon’s Closet for its consistency. All three locations (including the 5,500 sq. ft. flagship) are rife with cocktail dresses, funky accessories, designer handbags and shoes. Whether you gravitate towards one-of-a-kind pieces from decades ago, or you’re simply looking for massive discounts on new stuff, Beacon’s is the way to go.
The cool thing about Beacon’s Closet is the way each shop reflects its location. On a recent trip to the bustling Williamsburg store, I perused the color-coded racks and walked out with a striped L.A.M.B. sweater, a Marc by Marc Jacobs skirt and a pair of vintage patent leather oxfords for under $100.
The neighboring Park Slope shop is a bit more intimate, with tons of in-house jewelry and pretty stationery local designers. It’s also heavy on the denim and outerwear, offering Rag & Bone leathers and distressed Levi’s. The turnaround time for buying and selling tends to be the shortest here.
Last year, the Manhattan location opened its doors. It’s filled with Parsons students and women popping in on their lunch breaks. The space exudes a high-end feel, with chandeliers and sleek décor to match the quilted Chanel clutches and dazzling party gowns lined against the walls. If you’re a label gal, you’ll get the most bang for your buck here. Be sure to check out their highly curated online shop.
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