Best of NYC: Thrift Stores

New York is known for its awesome shopping; however, as a college student many of you will quickly learn a little thing about budgeting and self-control—I know I did. Thrifting (not sure if it’s a word but it should be) is an awesome alternative for college students on a budget looking for unique pieces outside of their regular chain stores (i.e Urban Outfitters, H&M).  Personally, I love the hunt. Digging through vintage and semi-old clothing creates an interesting shopping experience. In addition to this, thrifting is also a much more sustainable option than fast fashion.

Being that New York is a mecca for thrifting, below I give you a list of my favorite go-to thrift stores in the NYC area (not in any particular order). You’re welcome.

Buffalo Exchange (504 Driggs Ave., Brooklyn)

1. Buffalo Exchange

Buffalo Exchange has an awesome mix of used modern and vintage clothing at reasonable prices. My favorite locations are the East Village location for its closeness as well as the Brooklyn location its huge selection. At both locations you are also able to sell your old clothes for cash or trade for store credit.  This is also a great place to get discounted designer duds. I scored an awesome Alice & Olivia top here for way cheaper than the retail price!

Beacons Closet (88 N. 11th St, Brooklyn)

2. Beacons Closet

Similar to Buffalo Exchange, Beacons Closet has an awesome mix of new and vintage clothing. There is a cute boutique location literally right next door to Parsons that’s always stocked with new and vintage designer clothes, and there’s also a massive location in Brooklyn, which tends to sell more vintage pieces. Like Buffalo Exchange, at Beacons Closet you can also sell your old clothing, which is a great way to make a little extra cash.

No Relation (204 1st ave, New York)

3. No Relation

With an awesome location and amazing prices No Relation can’t be beat. Students constantly flock to this store which sells solely vintage clothing and is located right in the heart of the East Village.

Urban Jungle (118 Knickerbocker St, Brooklyn)

4. Urban Jungle

Amazing could be the only word to describe this place. Literally racks on racks on racks of vintage clothing at alarmingly cheap prices. I scored an awesome camouflage jacket here for $5 a great winter coat for $30 and other awesome pieces for super cheap. As a disclaimer I’ll warn you that it is important to go into this place with your sleeves rolled ready to do some digging!

AuH20 (84 East 7th St, New York)

5. AuH20

This is an awesome small boutique vintage store that is more quality over quantity. In addition to the reasonable prices and daily deals they also have 15% off for all students on Thursdays. You can’t beat that!

Ave. A Flea Market (11th St. & Ave A)

6. Avenue A Flea Market

No, not a “thrift store” per say but it’s so awesome I had to put it on the list. Every Saturday and Sunday vendors are scattered across this empty lot and sell a little bit of just about everything. What’s also great about this is that prices are negotiable and you never know what you may get!

Happy Thrifting!

About Lauren

Hey all! I am currently a junior at Parsons in the Integrated Design fashion program. You can usually find me creating or making things, I love a great D.I.Y. Other favorite activities of mine include thrifting, consuming frozen yogurt, dancing and discovering new music!


  1. Howdy! This article couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept talking about this. I will send this information to him. Fairly certain he’ll have a great read. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I’m glad you enjoyed the post! More ‘Best of NYC’ articles to come!

  3. Im going to check out some of these shops this weekend! Thanks!!

  4. Darnell

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