Second-Hand, First Choice!

We’re all about reusing, reclaiming and recycling and could get lost for hours in Brooklyn’s many amazing vintage stores. Here are a few of our faves!


bk reclamationThe Reclamation Location
Fourth generation Brooklyn brothers Ed and Rob founded Brooklyn Reclamation in Williamsburg after realizing the stuff their father used to collect wasn’t just junk after all! The store is full of reclaimed, neoclassical, primitive and industrial furnishings – everything from sleek, mid-century desk chairs to vintage model sailboats and old commercial signs. Happy hunting!
676 Driggs Avenue, Williamsburg. Monday-Sunday, 11am-7pm.


A Beckoning Beaconbeacons-closet-bushwick
The high-cost of living means it makes a lot of cents to buy second-hand! A Brooklyn-based, female-founded company, Beacon’s Closet embraces sustainability and ethical business practices. They have a vast vintage offering including upscale designer pieces, as well as modern fashion at bargain prices. Stock is based on people who bring in their used clothing to sell, which may or may not look something like this.
74 Guernsey St, Greenpoint. Monday-Sunday, 11am-8pm.
92 5th Ave, Park Slope. Monday-Sunday, 11am-8pm.
23 Bogart St, Bushwick. Monday-Sunday, 11am-8pm.


antoinetteAntique Boutique
We love scavenging for special one-in-a-million pieces that no one else will have. At Antoinette, you will find an eclectic blend of worn-in vintage perfection and modern items. Operating since May 2011 in South Williamsburg, owner Lexi Oliveri named the store after her mother. She incorporated pieces from her mother’s and other family members’ closets, and aims to make pieces affordable to those who have shopped vintage long before it was trendy to do so.
119 Grand Street, Williamsburg. Tuesday-Saturday, 12pm-7pm; Sunday, 12pm–6pm.


Stellar SellerStella-Dallas-Visit-17

A finely sourced emporium of well-organized and conveniently color-coded vintage wares, 10ft Single by Stella Dallas is a true star. Located in sprawling warehouse, you’ll find one of Brooklyn’s most extensive collections of ‘70s and ‘80s fashion, including vintage rock n roll tees and red-lined Levi’s. Next door, Stella Dallas Living aka textile heaven, has a superb selection of homewares and antiques including wool blankets, fabrics and antique Indian rugs.
281 and 285 North 6th St, Williamsburg. Monday-Friday, 12:30pm-7pm; Saturday and Sunday, 12:30pm–8pm.

Fashion Forward Brooklyn

Brooklyn showed of its cultural gems and fashion hems this month. Afropunk Festival and New York Fashion Week have reminded us that Brooklyn has others beat when it comes to expressive original street style. During Afropunk Festival in the tree-lined townhouse sanctuary of Fort Greene, Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Danny Brown, SZA and other artists performed; while party-goers rocked their frocks with vibrantly hued head wraps and dashikis, bold eyewear, chunky jewelry and imaginative fairy-tale hair.

Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn

Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn

Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn

The headlines stemming from New York Fashion Week are set to continue at the BF+DA. Nestled between the cosmopolitan bohemia of Williamsburg and the African American cultural hub of Bed-Stuy, the BF+DA by the Pratt Institute is a 21,000 square foot production and workspace for NYC designers/makers to grow their start-ups into viable businesses, integrating local manufacturing and an ethical supply chain into their bottom line.

150918 - activismOn Sunday September 20th, the BF+DA will host the closing reception for “Activism + Apparel” with a panel discussion. If you haven’t already cottoned on, the exhibit has raised pertinent questions facing the industry today. Artists and designers for the exhibit have used artifacts, garments, performance and media, to explore human rights, the impact of the industry on the environment and the need to support traditional cultures. Industry experts as well as academics from Pratt Institute, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of California and others will be putting their best shoe forward and contributing to the lively debate.

150918 - antiguaOn Friday September 25th, the BF+DA will launch “The Antigua Project Opening Reception”. This exhibit chronicles the journey of New York City designers trading in the high-rise for cultural ties, spending 2 weeks in the museum Casa del Tejido Antiguo where they worked with weavers, seamstresses, woodworkers, leather workers and a ceramicist.

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