A Guide To Vintage Clothes Shopping In New York

June 30th, 2010 § 10 comments § permalink

Following on from our guide to vintage clothes shopping in London…here is a guide for New York! There are so many fantastic places in NY to go vintage shopping it’s sometimes a hard to know where to begin. If you’re flying in for a quick visit or staying for a few weeks this list will hopefully help you find some vintage goodies.

Thrift Stores

Ok so our first list is for those of you who are looking for cheap vintage bargains. This is just some of the thrift stores (charity shops) you may want to check out. Trust me there’s a lot more but thought I should just give you a taster!

The Thrift Shop
62 Thomas St,
NYC, 10013
(212) 571-2644

St. Margarets House Thrift Shop
49 Fulton St.
NYC, 10038, (no phone)

Village Thrift Shop
130 W. 3rd St.,
NYC, 10012
(212) 673-0231

St. Luke’s Thrift Shop
487 Hudson St.,
NYC, 10014
(212) 924-9364

Salvation Army Thrift Store
112 4th Ave.,
NYC 10003,
(212) 873-2741

Designer/ High End Vintage

If you want more antique or high end designer vintage clothing you may want to check these shops out.

Atomic Passion
Impressive variety of gently used designer clothing and shoes for all occasions & seasons.
430 E. 9th St.,
East Village NY 10009
Between 1st Ave.& Ave. A,
Tel 212-533-0718

Chelsea Girl
An eclectic array of vintage clothing and accessories spanning the 1920’s – 1970’s
63 Thompson St.,
Soho NY 10012
Tel 212-343-1658

Cherry Men
Vintage designer & couture clothing & accessories.
17 Eighth Ave., West Village NY 10014
Tel 212-924-5188
Website: http://www.cherryboutique.com

Family Jewels
Named “one of the best vintage stores” by the Zagat Guide, In Style, Elle, New York Magazine. Buying & selling the best of Victorian through to 1980’s for men/women/kids.
130 W. 23rd St.,
Flatiron District
NY 10011
Between 6th & 7th Ave.,
Tel 212-633-6020

E-mail: cheleagirl@familyjewelsnyc.com;
Website: http://www.familyjewelsnyc.com

From Around the World Vintage Archive
Vintage clothing and accessories from all corners of the world from 1800’s to 1980’s including men’s, women’s & children’s. By appointment only.
209 W. 38th St.,
Fashion District NY
Tel 212-354-6536

Great vintage clothing, accessories and shoes, plus reworked designs from local designers.
172 Ludlow St.,
Lower East Side NY near Houston St,
Tel 212-473-8070

1970s clothes, costume jewelry, hats, shoes, Hawaiian shirts. Lots of fun to look around.
50 W. 23rd St., Flatiron District NY 10011
Tel 212-243-2292
Website: http://www.reminiscence.com

Star Struck
Jeans, cords, and many eclectic clothing items and accessories from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
47 Greenwich Ave.,
Greenwich Village NY between Charles & Perry.,
Tel 212-691-5357

Rue St. Denis
Never worn and European vintage clothing from the 1950’s to the 1980’s.
170 Avenue B, East Village NY 10009
Tel 212-260-3388
E-mail: riccabo@aol.com
Website: http://www.vintagenyc.com

Tokio 7
Men’s and women’s vintage clothing. Great collection of Japanese designer clothing.
64 E. 7th St.,
East Village NY 10003
Between 1st & 2nd Ave.,
Tel 212-353-8443
Website: http://www.tokio7.com

What Comes Around Goes Around – Soho
Interesting vintage and second-hand apparel.
351 West Broadway,
Soho NY between Gr & Broome,
Tel 212-343-9303
E-mail: vdl@nyvintage.com;
Website: http://www.nyvintage.com

Love, Past Forward Retro xxx

5 Steps to making a unique low-cost necklace!

June 25th, 2010 § 3 comments § permalink

This is a step by step guide on how to turn any random object into a stylish and unique neckace!

1. First of all you will need to buy some chains. I found some really reasonable chains on ebay, you might need to buy about 10 to get a good deal, so why not make a few necklaces for yourself and then turn the rest into gifts for your friends!

2. The next thing you will need is some open jump rings, these can also conveniently be found on ebay. Open jump rings are circular wire rings with an opening, and can be used to attach your charm or random object to your chain. Sizes vary from about 2mm to 35mm, I’d recommend buying some 10mm rings as this size is likely to be big enough to attach your object to your chain without being too obvious!

3. The next thing to do is to have a look around your house for any charms that you may have, or any random object for that matter! I’ve used toy cars, broken watches, clock faces, old keys, old lockets, scrabble pieces and even a toy plane! If you can’t find these in your house, then have a look in charity shops or at your local car boot.

4. You will probably find that some of these objects already have small holes which you can use to put your open jump ring through, but a lot of them will probably need to have one added. The best way to do this is to use a small handheld drill, you never know you may have one at home somewhere, and use a small drill bit to create a hole.

5. Once the open jump ring is looped through the hole, use pliers (or tweezers!) to close the jump ring, and slide the charm/ object onto your chain. Your necklace is now ready to wear and you can be sure you won’t see anyone else wearing the same one as you!!

Here are some of the necklaces that I have made in the last few days, if one takes your fancy then you can buy it here.

V&A release four new pattern books this month!

June 14th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

I am very excited about the new V&A pattern books that have just been released this month! Novelty Patterns, Owen Jones, Kimono, and Garden Florals, are the four titles in the new series.


Kimono displays some of the best Japanese textile patterns at the V&A, ranging over 200 years from the early nineteenth century.

Novelty Patterns

Novelty Patterns showcases that innovative and fanciful decoration employed for lightweight fabrics made between the early 1920s and the late 1940s.

Garden Florals

Garden Florals shows – mainly British- plant-form patterns from 1880-1910.

Owen Jones

Owen Jones features the breadth of the Victorian designer’s work, from his passion for Islamic decoration to his influentail work, The Grammar of Ornament, first published in 1856.

The pocket-sized books make attractive and collectable gifts but are also a valuable source of ideas for designers of all kinds. At only £7.99 they are great for the coffee table!

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Make a 1920’s Dress in under 1 Hour!

June 7th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

For all you aspiring dress makers and vintage clothes lovers…how would you like to make a 1920’s inspired dress in under 1 hour!?

I have always wanted to make clothes, but with no Textiles course at my school, and Mum’s sewing machine always looking a little TOO complicated for me, I never really got further than a few cross stitches!

But after picking up a sewing machine from a Cheltenham Car Boot sale for £5 I really had no excuse not to get stuck in! I even found some vintage hook and eyes, buttons and zips to add to my collection!

After using lots of patterns and several failed attempts I stumbled across a site that was selling the dressmaker; Mary Brook’s original 1923 pamphlet which helped women to make a 1920’s flapper dress in under 1 hour! How cool is that!

You can order the pamphlet here!

Good luck and be sure to upload your pictures of your finished dress!

Vintage Clothes Shopping in London – All You Need To Know!!

June 3rd, 2010 § 3 comments § permalink

There are so many great places to shop for vintage clothes in London, we just don’t know where to start! With Brick Lane in East London catering for weird and wonderful, cheep and cheerful vintage clothes and accessories, and west London hosting heaps of high end designer vintage clothing, there really is something for everyone. We have broken our list down into territories, so wherever you find yourself in London, there’s no excuse not to pop into a market or boutique!


Located in the stables area of Camden market are several brilliant vintage shops. Thea Vintage is a small but on-trend unit with seasonally appropriate stock. You’ll find colourful skinny jeans for £20 and polka-dot PVC cropped macs that’ll weather spring showers for £15. A word of advice (and this is true for several other ‘vintage’ shops): some of the stock is new but ‘vintage inspired’. This can be a false economy, so it’s worth being a savvy shopper and digging around for the designer labels to ensure quality.

Unit 16, Camden Stables Market, NW1
Telephone: 020 7482 5002.

Nearest tube: Camden Town

LOST ‘N’ FOUND (Best for 1950’s Americana)
Arguably the best vintage shop in Camden market is this two-floor den of sartorial pleasure. Much of the stock is 1950’s Americana with cotton dresses selling for around £40, college sweaters priced at £30-£50, and T-Bird-esque leather jackets from £80. There are also 1930’s floor-length gowns around £70 and ladylike 1940’s frocks.

Address: Camden Stables Market, NW1
Telephone: 020 7482 2848.

Nearest tube: Camden Town.



Vintage Basement is new vintage clothes shop just off Brick Lane. At the moment everything on the lower shop floor is £10!

Address: 15 Cheshire Street london E2 6EH
Telephone: 07775 582 413


A massive warehouse near Brick Lane packed with vintage clothing and accessories. Vintage clothing outlets don’t get much bigger or better than this!

Address: 112 Cheshire Street, Shoreditch, London, E2



This is a great shop full of vintage treasures. They can be a bit pricey but they have a full range of 1920′s-70′s dresses, jackets, shoes… the list goes on. A really great to place to go even if it’s just to have a look!

Address: 51 Pembridge Road, Notting hill gate, W11 3HG

Across the road from Dolly Diamond there is an exchange shop. They mainly sell second hand items but sometimes you can find fab stuff in there and everything is £3. Next door to that is another vintage shop but they only sell home-wears.


All along Portobello Road there are arcades of vintage and antique shops. Portobello road is really long, and there are so many great stalls so make sure you cover the whole street



Merchant Archive is a vintage and contemporary lifestyle shop which has grown from modest beginnings into a hub for stylists, fashion, interior designers and celebrities alike. Expect lots of quirky vintage furniture and plenty of vintage designer items.

The Merchant Archive Boutique
320 Kilburn Lane, London W9 3EF
Telephone: 020 8969 6470

Nearest tube: Queens Park


Howie & Belle has a small but very interesting selection of vintage clothes. Expect lots of sequins and cute lace play-suits!

Address: 52 Chamberlayne Road
Kensal Rise NW10 3JH
Telephone: 0208 964 4553 / 07801 816 389

Nearest tube: Kensal Green/ Kensal Rise

This shop sells a mixture of high end vintage clothes like YSL, CD and their own label which is called BI LA LI.

Address: 15 Station Terrace
Kensal Rise

Nearest tube: Kensal Green/ Kensal Rise

There are also events such as Frock Me Vintage Fashion Fair which happens once a month at Chelsea Town Hall.

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