There’s plenty to complain about in Williamsburg, but we have to admit that Williamsburg-ians are well dressed. And after their January Marie Kondo closet purges, Williamsburg secondhand shops are especially well stocked.
10 Feet Single by Stella Davis, on 285 North 6th Street, has a wonderful stock of reasonably priced items. There’s an extensive flannels section, a whole rack of berets, and a large array of vintage European military surplus and workwear. If you something rugged like, Swiss hiking boots or British Navy pants or Belgian long underwear to get you through winter, you’ll be satisfied. On the breezier side of things, there’s a good selection of 70’s flower-child sundresses. Classic rock is usually playing and the staff are very sweet.
The sparkly and eclectic Monk Vintage is a short walk away at 496 Driggs Avenue. It’s got more tutus, sequins, leather, halloween costumes, knockoff designer wear, paisley-print vests, golf pants, loud sweaters, horse-head masks, spiked ballet flats, Harajuku suspender skirts and feather boas. As secondhand places go, the prices are a bit high, but it makes exquisitely fun browsing even if you don’t end up buying that pink tie dye bodysuit.
For high-quality, reliable pieces that pulse with weathered Americana, L Train Vintage is located on 629 Grand Street. It’s the smallest L Train location, but it’s got all the L Train staples: the hawaiian shirts, leather jackets, sweaters, flannels, bizarrely plentiful Peruvian ponchos, brightly colored tracksuits, and packed racks of denim.
Illustration by Elizabeth Wing