Just because New York is home to the wealthy and famous doesn’t mean you have to be either to find fabulous clothes, accessories and home decor when you visit. It goes to reason that the wealthier an area, the nicer the donations are to charity thrift stores and the better the goods sold at a discount to consignment and for-profit thrift shops.
This is why New York City has some of the best thrifting in the country. Not only are many of the finds high end, they are more unique when coming from a melting pot of hundreds of cultures.
The flea markets, as well, have great offerings that aren’t mass-marketed no-name plastic stuff found in other cities. Most vendors are up for bargaining. Some accept only cash or are willing to go lower if they don’t have to pay a credit card fee.
10 Best Thrift Stores and Flea Markets in New York City
The Grand Bazaar
This long-standing flea market on the Upper West Side every Sunday throughout the year definitely lives up to its name. More than 50 vendors offer a wide selection of mostly vintage goods.
Vintage clothes range from $10 T-shirts to $50 and up for couture dresses, and booths sell vintage housewares such as cocktail glasses and record players.
One vendor at The Grand Bazaar offers a table full of stone and wood pendants for $4 each, boxes of vintage postcards, shells, match books and other interesting trinkets, while another has iconic old cameras starting at $25.
Where to find The Grand Bazaar: 100 W. 77th St., 10 am to 5 pm daily
This market offers antiques, unique vintage goods, architectural salvage and collectibles along with some new merchandise. One vendor at Chelsea Flea sells replicas of movie posters and album covers, while another sells hand-carved wooden African masks.
There’s a variety of vintage clothing from embroidered dresses to brightly patterned outfits from the ’60s and ’70s. Many booths offer home decor, too, such as…