The Best Vintage & Thrift Stores in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Whenever planning a trip to a new (or old) destination, we all have specific interests we are passionate about exploring. In addition to the “must-see” sights and experiences, mine include walking toursart galleriesgluten-free restaurants, and (naturally) vintage/thrift stores and flea markets. To go along with each of my city-specific vintage & thrift hauls, I will write a blog post that details my favourite thrift and vintage stores in that city, so that you can bookmark and save the page for the next time you find yourself there! I have already posted my top picks for ChicagoManchesterBerlin and Lisbon & Porto, Portugal, so today it is time to have a look at the best vintage/thrift stores in Bushwick, Brooklyn! (Scroll down for my Bushwick thrift/vintage haul video!)


1) L Train Vintage

The pinnacle of NYC thrift shopping, the L Train Vintage empire is loved by thrifters near and far. With five stores across Manhattan and Brooklyn, these are where you come to find a deal. The majority of my Bushwick thrift haul was made up of pieces I found in L Train Vintage, as tops are priced around $6-$8 and dresses and skirts around $8-$10. I spent hours in their Bed Stuy store combing through all the racks looking for the perfect piece. The stores are organized by clothing type: from 50’s dresses to army jackets, denim to jumpsuits, however, they are not arranged by size which makes finding the right piece for you a little more time-consuming. That being said, all the shops that are part of the “L Train Vintage family” are really reasonably priced and have great gems for those who are willing to search!

L Train Vintage,1377 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Hours | Various


2) Urban Jungle

Urban Jungle is one of L Train Vintage’s Bushwick locations. And it is housed in a straight-up warehouse – so you can only imagine the thrifting frenzy that ensues! This giant warehouse on Knickerbocker Ave is one of the oldest vintage clothing stores in Brooklyn that, thanks to its low prices and a huge selection of truly one-of-a-kind (and slightly bizarre) clothes, offers a unique, fun thrifting experience. Genuinely, in all my years thrifting I have never seen a place like this!

However, if you don’t have the patience and perseverance to tackle that particular beast, I have heard that the Sackett St. and East Village locations are a little more streamlined, with smaller, better-organized selections. Whatever your style, take 10 minutes to watch this cute documentary about Urban Jungle!

Urban Jungle, 120 Knickerbocker Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Hours | Daily: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm


3) Més Que Un Vintage

The newest addition to Bushwick’s vintage scene (it opened in 2017!), Més Que Un Vintage has quickly become local’s best-kept secret. With a selection that ranges from everyday designer items to hard to find hip-urban vintage, the small store is overflowing with stylish pieces. Eddie Varas, the owner, is originally from Chile and moved to Brooklyn with his family where he used to go to garage sales with his Grandfather. Now, he scours the whole state for items for the store, putting in the dirty work so that you can walk out with enough vintage pieces to film your own vintage haul!

Més Que Un Vintage, 438 Wilson Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Hours | Monday – Friday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm | Saturday – Sunday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm


4) Worship 

With one of the most fantastic selections of one-of-a-kind designer vintage pieces I have ever seen, Worship is a must visit for anyone who loves designs from yesteryear. As the name indicates, this store is more than just a clothing haven (although it is most definitely that) and is instead a site that celebrates everything the owners find inspiring. Art and music, as well as fashion, influence the highly curated selection of vintage and locally produced accessories that line the tables and walls of the shop. Think 1980s Christian Dior ball gowns, 1950s skirt suits and an epic leather biker jacket that will never go out of style.

Inside the store, products’ prices span from the $20 range up to close to $500 for rare pieces, so whether you want to pick up a little addition or something extravagant, there is sure to be something to suit every budget.  In addition to the Bushwick store, they also have a place in LA (very dangerous) and, if you can’t make it to either, they offer worldwide delivery on items featured on their Instagram and online-store.

Worship, 117 Wilson Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Hours | Daily: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm


5) Beacon’s Closet

A 100% Brooklyn based, female founded company that embraces sustainability and ethical business practices, Beacon’s Closet is a crazy good place to go shopping. Beacons’ stock is solely based on people who bring in their used clothing to sell, and their buyers are famously choosy, ensuring that only the cream of New York’s fashion crop resells in the store. Not that we should be complaining, there is nowhere better to find contemporary designer pieces at such a low price!

Don’t fear if you aren’t in Brooklyn, they have a fabulous collection available to buy online, and it is updated with new pieces every day! Right now they have some Reformation pieces I am eyeing, as well as some great Rebecca Minkoff boots, a red vintage belt of my dreams, and a tiki-printed vintage skirt! Thank you very much, ladies!

Beacon’s Closet, 23 Bogart St, Brooklyn, NY 

Hours | Daily: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm



6) Collections

With prices ranging from a $12 sale rack to $200 designer finds, Collections offers a well-thought out selection of pieces. As the passion project of photographer and designer Lucy Ann Wheeless, the store feels like a very discerning friend’s closet. Miu Miu slingbacks, geometric bikinis, wicker hats, and even a selection of masculine pieces were all rather tempting last time I stepped inside, which is great when prices are so reasonable for such marvelous vintage (and they currently have a summer sale going on!). With rotating displays of local artists’ work lining the walls, Collections is quintessentially Bushwick, and that is why we love it!

Collections, 16A Wilson Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Hours | Daily: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm


7) Friends NYC

Friends NYC is 2200-square-feet of “indie department store retail goodness.” Brooklyn designer Mary Meyer and her best friend Emma Joe opened this brick-and-mortar version of their popular Etsy shop and attached it to Meyer’s own clothing store! Inside you can find affordable women’s and men’s vintage and gently used clothing ($20–$70) and accessories ($12–$160). As well as contemporary clothing, gift and home items, paper goods, and products from local Brooklyn artists and worldwide designers (including Floss GlossLila RiceGravesWorking Girls, and Stay Home Club). They also carry current pieces from UnifJeffrey CampbellLazy OafAmerican DeadstockThe Wild UnknownCheap Monday, and Dickies – so really something for everyone!

Friends NYC, 56 Bogart St, Brooklyn, NY

Hours | Daily: 11:00 am — 8:30 pm


8) Chess & The Sphinx

Stating that their goal is to “add detail, history, and depth to their clients’ wardrobes,” Chess & The Sphinx has a diverse range of inventory to suit the modern-day woman. With pieces from every decade of the 20th century, there is something for every vintage lover – no matter how discerning you are! I especially love their beautifully-styled lookbooks that they produce every season. Start making room in your closet, pronto – you’re going to need it! If you are interested in selling, they accept clothing, furs, accessories, and shoes dating from the 1900s-1990s. If you are more the buying type, shop their vintage collection in store and on their Etsy page!

Chess & The Sphinx, 252 Knickerbocker Ave, Brooklyn, NY 

Hours | Tuesday – Sunday: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm


9) GG’s Social Trade & Treasure Club

Located just a few steps from the Bed Study outpost of L Train Vintage, GG’s Social Trade & Treasure Club is a great spot to take a peek in if you don’t have hours to spend thrifting. With a small selection of impeccably clean items, shopping here feels more like boutique thrifting. Highly organized with no piles in sight, this is a great place to start for the new thrifter or those who get too overwhelmed when walking into a warehouse a lá L Train. That being said, the prices reflect this organization, and so you aren’t going to find as many bargains as you would in other places on this list. In addition to being a cooperative vintage shop, GG’s also serves as an art gallery and community organization space!

GG’s Social Trade & Treasure Club, 1339 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Hours | Daily: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm


10) Fox & Fawn 

Originally founded in the Lower East Side in 2007, Fox & Fawn has over a decade of experience in the New York vintage world. Its combination of curated vintage at budget prices has made it a beloved shopping destination for all thrifty vintage lovers and is consistently ranked among the top vintage and resale clothing stores by Time Out New York, The Village Voice, Refinery 29 and others. Fox & Fawn also buy both men’s and women’s items from the public, offering 35% cash or 55% trade! To be honest, it is located in Greenpoint (so not Bushwick), but it is so good that it has to be on your vintage buying trail. Although, if you can’t make it into the store, you can also shop on Instagram!

Fox & Fawn, 570 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Hours | Daily: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm


There you have it! The best vintage/thrift stores in Bushwick – let me know if there are any I have missed out on or any other recommendations you have for vintage shopping around the world!


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