Obviously awesome vintage shopping was one of the many things on our to do list in New York. First, we headed to the West Village, where we had heard there were a lot of vintage boutiques. We only really managed to find this one, Stella Dallas, but it was a gem.
This is the perfect shop for true vintage – beautiful garments from the 1920s to 1970s in good condition overall. It’s a bit pricier here (my 1960s mink and astrakhan jacket cost about $190) but this is where you go for those pieces you’ll love for years. It has a great range of fur coats and jackets, evening dresses and silky 1930s and 1940s nightwear.
Stella Dallas, 218 Thompson St., New York, NY 10012
Stella Dallas also has two shops side by side in Brooklyn – a textiles only shop and a big vintage warehouse – 10 Ft Single – full of band t-shirts, sportswear and a lot of old denim. Very Beyond Retro.
10 Ft Single by Stella Dallas, 285 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
When it was clear that the West Village wasn’t indeed where vintage was at, we popped to the East Village where we had much more success. Our favourite was No Relation Vintage – big with a cellar and a lot of motif t-shirts, big woolly jumpers, furry coats and army jackets for really good prices (about $10 for most t-shirts and jackets from about $20). Also very Beyond Retro.
No Relation Vintage, 204 1st Avenue (between East 12 & East 13 Sts), NYC, NY 10009
On a Sunday stroll around Williamsburg we spent a lot of time in the Bedford Avenue area. This is big hipsterville – boutiques, bistros, rooftop bars and street art everywhere.
Awoke Vintage, which started life out in Australia, is a very pretty and tidy little shop where everything is in really lovely condition. This is a great stop for printed cotton day dresses and cotton shirts.
Awoke Vintage, 132 North 5th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Are you looking for little brown leather suitcases, old telephones, typewriters and weird dolls? Then Ugly Luggage is your shop. We were offered a “cute accent discount” on the leather suitcase but we didn’t really fancy paying for extra baggage at the airport. But the owner is very friendly and happy to let you haggle. If you furnished your house entirely from this shop you’d get a 1950s to 1970s curious bachelor show home sort of vibe.
Ugly Luggage, 214 Bedford Ave, NY 11211
And I never caught the name of this shop and can’t find it on Google but it’s near Bedford Avenue, very big and full of the weirdest stuff you never thought you needed.