A Guide to Thrifting in Lower Manhattan

Living in the East Village, thrifting has become almost like a hobby to my roommates and I. we love spending our Saturdays venturing out in search of unique pieces and bonding over the experience. Fashion is very personal to me and I appreciate the way vintage clothing tells a story and makes you feel like you’re wearing something meaningful. I feel my best when I can be creative with my style, and thrifting is a great way to do so! For inspiration check out these shops:


L Train Vintage

204 1st Ave New York, NY 10009  

bet. 12th + 13th St


L train is famous for street style favorites like color block jackets and embroidered sweatshirts. And be sure not to miss the wide selection of vintage denim.


Cure Thrift Shop  

111 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

bet. 3rd + 4th Ave


Cure is an eclectic shop filled with gently used upscale pieces and secondhand home treasures with proceeds going to diabetes research.


Buffalo Exchange

332 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

bet. 1st + 2nd Ave


Buffalo Exchange offers new and recycled fashion in casual, classic styles. I’ve found garments here, including an open front fluffy hoodie, a hand sewn corduroy jumper, and bootcut distressed jeans.


Housing Works  

130 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012

bet. Prince + Houston St


Housing Works is a NYC based non-profit fighting AIDS and homelessness. Their Soho thrift shop sells charming decor in addition to clothing and shoes.


East Village Thrift Shop

186 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

bet. 11th + 12th St


East Village Thrift Shop is often cluttered but definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for something specific and inexpensive.


Buying used clothing helps give clothes a longer life, and with many stores operating as a charity, it’s good for the community too. Living in a city where everyone is so expressive with their style of dress, it feels freeing to see that nobody worries about looking a certain way or trying to fit in. Plus, avoiding fast fashion and buying quality pieces helps keep your wardrobe minimal, yet curated and versatile.