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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published May 19th 2011


Vintage stores are the best places to find outfits from past decades. Some New York vintage stores even carry outfits from past centuries or eras, although they are careful to explain that if you buy these, they are actually intended to be displayed or showcased rather than worn.

Vintage stores are different from thrift stores or other secondhand stores in that the majority of them only carry vintage clothing. By shopping at a vintage store, you can be sure you are getting quality, authentic merchandise.

The Family Jewels Vintage Clothing, 130 West 23rd Street

If you're looking for vintage clothing from the turn of the (20th) century until the early 1980s, this is the place to go. The store is located in the Chelsea neighborhood, so you know you're going to find high-quality pieces for men and women.

The store owners do not accept just any vintage clothing items; rather, they inspect them carefully and select only the pieces that they consider good enough to sell. Don't worry, though, the 2,000 square foot store is full of their selections, so you should have no trouble finding vintage clothing that you like.

No Relation Vintage Store Corp., 204 1st Avenue

No relation" means the store doesn't "claim kin" to other vintage stores in NYC, especially where price is concerned. Rather, No Relation Vintage Store says that other vintage stores would have to emulate that business.

The only way to find out if this is true is to visit the store Monday through Thursday from 1:00 PM until 8:00 PM, and on Friday from 1:00 PM until 9:00 PM. On Saturday, the store is open from 12:00 PM until 9:00 PM. On Sunday, you are invited to browse between the hours of 12:00 PM and 8:00 PM.

Cheapjacks, 303 5th Avenue

This store has recently moved to the above location, and now has more room for the unique, high-quality vintage merchandise it sells. When you purchase vintage clothing from Cheapjacks, however, you're not just purchasing the garment, but you can find out a little bit about the garment's history.

The store sells vintage clothing from the 20s to the 80s. Enjoy flapper dresses from the Roaring '20s, serviceable but still stylish clothing from the pre- and post-war years of the '40s, or find your inner "hippie" in the '60s decade selections.http://www.ny.com/cgibin/frame.cgi?url=http://www.cheapjacks.com/&frame=/frame/shopping.html

Vintage Thrift, 286 3rd Avenue

Want to find a nice vintage outfit and support The United Jewish Council of the East Side at the same time? Then shop at Vintage Thrift on Sundays from 11:00 AM until 7:00 PM, and Mondays through Thursdays from 10:30 AM until 8:00 PM. On Fridays, the store opens at 10:30 AM and closes at dusk (the start of the Jewish Sabbath). It remains closed until Sunday, in observance of the Sabbath.

You'll want to visit often, because you never know what you might find. One day you might find clothing from the '40s, and the next day walk into a replica of a'60s boutique. Merchandise can change from day to day, so you're to see something new every time you come in.

What Goes Around Comes Around (three locations in New York City)

This is a rather unusual vintage store in itself, as it swaps out merchandise with its Los Angeles stores. This means that one week you may see vintage clothing from the '60s (the owners' favorite decade) that they selected, then the next week enjoy '60s clothes from one or more of the Los Angeles stores.

While the owners do profess a fondness for the '60s decade, they do have clothing that starts in the '20s (and a few pieces that are even older than that.) You should have no problem finding a unique piece of clothing at What Goes Around Comes Around.
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Why? Because vintage stores supply you with retro clothes that are back in style
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Where: All over New York City
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