Best Vintage Stores in Brooklyn
Hop on the L Train and you'll find that the subway is packed with some of the most stylish women in the city. You may even spot a NYC passerby. Right before the train crosses the river, it would be no surprise that Williamsburg and Greenpoint are home to some of the most popular vintage stores in the city. Over in Greenpoint, meet the owner of Mirth Vintage, Lauren Moetell, who was also featured on Meet the Makers and has put together a collection of clothes catered to the New York shopper. Making its move from Australia, Awoke Vintage, also featured and recommended on Passerguides with owner Elizabeth Power, carries a carefully curated selection with several indie Brooklyn brands. There are many reasons why Brooklyn has become a popular destination for classic style, and below are eight of those reasons.
Mahps / Greenpoint
Recommended by Donna Baxter, Dana Bodourov, Holly Stanton, Zan Goodman, Yulia Zinshtein, Jenna Saraco, Holly Falcone, Heba Kadry
It has become a reliable spot to come away with at least one perfect item. Designer Zan Goodman comes here for vintage dresses, and photographer Yulia Zinshtein always walks away with "something cute." Around the corner from many of the women of Passerbuys, it has become the most popular destination for scoring a classic vintage piece.
Beacon's Closet / Williamsburg
Recommended by Rachel Howe, Sybil Diamond, Fariha Roisin, Sarah Vinciguerra, Sam Giordano, Emily Theobald, Naura Keiser
Writer Fariha Roisin says, "Beacon's Closet is almost always reliable and affordable." While it may be overwhelming to see so many clothes here, designer Sam Giordano says, "[It's] a go to spot when I’m in the mood to sift through racks."
10 Ft. Single by Stella Dallas / Williamsburg
recommended by Holly Falcone, Mira Moore, Emma Orlow, Lisa Przystup, Jenna Rosenberg, mimi packer
Artist Jenna Rosenberg calls it "a great affordable vintage store." Writer and florist Lisa Przystup has a tip for those who'd like to visit this spot, "Stella Dallas in Williamsburg is great too but it can be a real undertaking since there’s so much stuff in there. I usually go with a specific mission in mind."
Mirth / Greenpoint
Recommended by Andrea Toscano, Nicole Steriovski, Jenna Saraco, Sara Radin, Sue Williamson
This has become the perfect spot for all the Greenpoint locals of Passerbuys. Featured in Passerguides, Mirth carries one-of-a-kind pieces that may not be found anywhere else. Owner Lauren Moetell has stated that these pieces "find their way to Brooklyn from country clubs and estate sales in places like Westchester County."
Horizons / Williamsburg
Recommended by Alyssa Coscarelli, Noemie Le Coz, Jenna Rosenberg, Mina Alyeshmerni, mimi packer
Named as the top pick for shopping in Brooklyn by Refinery29 writer, Alyssa Coscarelli, Horizons holds a collection of pieces that aren't too overpriced. Pieces from this shop have been worn in the features of NYC passersby Mimi Packer and Mina Alyeshmerni.
Shop The Break / Williamsburg
recommended by Anna Deutsch, Mina Alyeshmerni, Alyssa Coscarelli, Hallie Gould
With products recommended as part of the 2017 Passerbuys Holiday Gift Guide, the women behind Shop the Break have featured items that are popular with many shoppers.
Awoke Vintage / Williamsburg
recommended by Christina Coleman & Sara Radin
As described in Passerguides, "Awoke feels more like a carefully curated vintage gallery than an actual store." The shop is carefully curated by owner, Elizabeth Power, who set up shop in Brooklyn after starting out in Perth, Australia, where she has also found success. Awoke also carries indie fashion brand, Floss Gloss, the cult-favorite nail polish line founded by passersby Janine Lee and Aretha Sack.