From Search and Destroy to Chelsea Girl, New York has long been known for its wide selection of vintage and second-hand designer clothing. New York Times contributor Sarah Maslin recently took a glimpse at what's available in the Big Apple, and put together a slideshow of her favorites.
Maslin is savvy enough to make the distinction between the different types of stores:"Shops come in several varieties. Some thrift shops are run for profit and some donate proceeds to a particular charity and are run by volunteers. Then there are vintage shops, specializing in retro clothing, often from a spectrum of eras. Finally there are consignment stores, where owners drop off their unwanted clothing to be sold, sharing a percentage of the profit with the store’s proprietor."
Being an educated buyer gets you halfway to finding what you're looking for when out treasure hunting. It's not all "thrifting," folks. Not everyone will be lucky enough to unearth a Pucci dress from a $5 pile. But as Maslin found out, once you find your needle in the haystack you'll be a second hand shopper forever!
Readers were asked to submit photos of their favorite vintage finds, and the resulting slideshow is a wonderful trip into the closets of vintage lovers all over the globe.