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Neighborhood-Know-It-All, Vintage-Style

Feb 3, 2009 12:54 PM | 1 comment

Growing up in Seattle, I had my pick of great vintage stores and had the closet to prove it. I still love scoring a cool vintage item, but it’s been more of a challenge to find affordable, good vintage shopping in Brooklyn. Luckily, BPL staffers had some answers when we asked for favorite places to shop vintage.  

Beacon’s Closet, which has two locations (one in Williamsburg and one in Park Slope) was a top choice, for its “funky, quality items at a good price.” Years ago, this was the place for vintage in Brooklyn because it had a huge selection in a market with few competitors. Buffalo Exchange, another top choice for best vintage, is now getting its share of young, hip and cost-conscious Williamsburg shoppers. 

Several Salvation Army outlets were nominated, including an outlet on Quincy and Classon Avenue, that is “…huge and cheap and not as picked-over as other locations.” 

Hooti Couture on Flatbush and Seventh Avenue got an enthusiastic shout-out: “You can find inexpensive items and others that are a bit [pricier]…they are truly one-of-a-kind.” Owner Alison Houtte and her sister, Melissa Houtte, co-authored a book about their experiences collecting vintage clothing. Find their book and many others about vintage fashion and shopping at your library. It’s the perfect time to show off your economic as well as sartorial savvy.

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2/4/2009 2:43:10 AM #

Thanks for posting this! I've been wondering where all the vintage shops were! Smile

La Toya