Yes... I admit it... I have it. What I mean by vintage envy, is the slight tinge of jealousy I feel when I see people with the most gorgeous vintage wardrobes. Just starting out is a little frustrating because I know what I want to wear but go to the closet and I only have half of an outfit. I know what I need to buy but don't know where to get them... Especially here in NYC.
Today was a lovely day in the Northeast. The sun was shining and it was actually around 53 degrees out. So I put on a cute little outfit grabbed Honey and went out to do a little shopping and enjoy the nice weather before it returns to the 20s tonight.
We went to Park Slope, Brooklyn to visit a few vintage and thrift stores in the area. We went first to Guvnor's Vintage Thrift. I actually love this store a lot. I can usually find at least one cute piece to take home but today... nothing. Everything there was 70s- 80s vintage. No 40's or 50's in sight. I think that was mostly because they had a week long sale that I didn't have time to get to and everything was gone.
Sad but not deterred I went to shop #2 Odd Twin which is a block away. This store is always a hit or miss for me but the last time I was there is was a hit ( I found a like new red Pendleton jacket that looks super cute on me), so I thought it couldn't hurt. Ummmmm... nothing.I It seemed that there was a lot of late 60's dresses. A plus is that this store had a really nice selection of vintage shoes although none were in my size. There was also a lot of pretty hats but they have them very high up so it's hard to get a good look at them. They had a little more 40s and 50s items than the last store but nothing that grabbed my attention. And definitely nothing I was willing to spend $80-$100 for, which was the common price for the good blouses, skirts and dresses... I became a little more antsy but this is what hunting for vintage is all about, right?? So on to store #3.
Almost New... This store is, again not a bad store but not at all what I was looking for. I saw 80's leather jackets and A LOT of vintage fur... I'm not sure the year. It didn't really strike me as pre-1970s at all. There were dresses but the store is SUPER small and SUPER packed with merchandise so it was hard to see it all. Needless to say I got frustrated and left.
Last store before giving up... Hootie Couture. I found a 1950s wool skirt that I wore for Christmas here so I was hopeful. Inside, this time, (almost) everything was modern. Very few vintage items before the 80s. One also has to be careful in here because the vintage and modern clothes are very mixed together. I found skirts from places like Anne Taylor there. Not really what I would call vintage. The plus to the store is that the owner is a sweetheart. And very helpful. I met her on my previous visit and she was a riot!!! I just wish there was more actual vintage in her store. Oh! Another plus I should mention is her accessory collection. There were all kinds of necklaces and brooches. I am still new at picking out vintage so jewelry I have NO clue about so I just browsed.
So that was it. Four stores and came home with NOTHING. Just chalked it up to a bad shopping day and was just thankful for the nice weather and quality time spent with Honey. I do wish NYC had better stores that sold quality vintage though. But if that happened, everything would probably be NYC prices and therefore completely unaffordable. I'm always jealous of "vintage girls" who live out west and always have the best clothes!!! They're always like... "oh...Look at my new hat... I got it while I was out for $4!!!! What a steal!!!" and I'm like "Oh... let me go on Etsy and see if I can score a new dress... for $60!!!!" HAHA! Such is life I guess.
The problem is not that there are NO vintage stores in NYC. The problem is that the good ones are few and far between and when you do find a good one it is mostly 80s-90s vintage that you find. I guess that is just the style of most New Yorkers. Being edgy is in. Don't get me wrong, I ADORE edgy! Honey has an edgy style of dress. Its just not for me...
There is another one, Rosebud Vintage, that is supposed to be close to where I live so maybe I'll check that one out next weekend. There is also Pinup Queens in Queens, New York that I need to check out. Hopefully I'll have some success there.
Anyone out there live or come to the NYC area often? If so where do you go for your vintage goodies?????
Oops! I just realized that I have no pictures today!!! I'll have to do a hair trial or something during the week to make up for that
I guess I'll just pin curl my hair and call it a night!