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Places to Thrift in the East Village, NYC

Updated: Jan 31, 2022

The East Village is a neighborhood in NYC is known for its young crowd, bottomless brunch spots and nightlife. It's also the best place in Manhattan for vintage and secondhand shopping.

I recently spent an afternoon, post brunch with my best girlfriends walking around to local secondhand shops. Here's a list of everywhere we went plus a few others that I've been to in the past or that come recommended.

East Village Thrift

Address: 186 2nd Ave

This shop has men's, women's and some houseware items. This is a true thrift store so expect to have to dig, things are organized by piece type and the racks are packed and can be hard to dig through. This is one of the cheaper stores in the neighborhood so while you may have to dig, you can find things in the $5 - $60 dollar range.

L Train Vintage

Address: 204 1st Ave.

L Train is NYC's best affordable vintage store. This is their only Manhattan location but they have at least 3 more in Brooklyn. This place is usually packed because it's one of the cheaper stores in the neighborhood with the largest selection.


Address: 84 E 7th St

This store is tiny, cute and affordable! Prices range from $3 - $40. This is definitely more of a curated boutique that has vintage and "mall store" brands. I was honestly shocked walking into here and seeing the selection and prices. If I lived in this neighborhood- this is definitely a store I would frequent weekly.

Buffalo Exchange

Address: 332 E 11th St

This is your classic buy here, sell here thrift shop. You can find the occasional vintage piece on the rack but mostly it's filled with trendier pieces. Make an appointment to sell some clothes and use the credit to pick up a few new things!

Mr. Throwback

Address: 437 E 9th St

This is a sports fans paradise. The walls are packed with secondhand and vintage sportswear and memorabilia.

Cure Thrift

Address: 91 3rd Ave

Cure Thrift just moved to a new location and.I haven't had the chance to visit yet. This high-end vintage shop benefits juvenile diabetes research and advocacy. They have 50% off sales on a regular basis- follow them on Instagram to stay in the know!

Search & Destroy

Address: 25 St Marks Pl # A

9th St Vintage

Address: 346 E 9th St

Hello Banana Vintage

Address: 156 1st Ave.

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