Top 5 Cheap Thrift Shops

You guessed it! Our next post is about the best thrift stores! We understand Macklemore’s love for thrift shopping; it surely is a blast! New York is the ultimate destination for vintage lovers, but knowing where to find the best items for a low cost is tough. We composed a list of the top 5 cheapest thrift shops that we are sure you will be pleased with, and have a great time in.

It always feels nice to go to a clothing store and make an expensive purchase. However, there is no better feeling than when you buy a what-should-be $50 item for a fifth of the price! Then, you feel like a real champ. After going to these thriftiques, you and your bank account will be satisfied.

  1. AuH20

 84 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003 – between 2nd Avenue & 1st Avenue in East Village

Walking into this store is always stressful because you want to buy everything, but you can’t. The selection of clothes, jewelry, and shoes are eclectic. The quality of the hand-me-downs was great: no holes, no stains, and no smell! I found great brand names on the $5 rack and on the $10 rack. This place is great if you have a budget because the highest priced items cost $15.

 

2.  East Village Thrift Shop

 186 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003 – between 11th Street & 12th Street in East Village

This shop is like the Salvation Army meets Goodwill; it is an all-in-one shop. Whether you are shopping for accessories, knickknacks, home goods, or men’s/women’s clothing, this place has got it all. I was so surprised that for a small store, there was so much to look at.   All the items were reasonably priced, especially for the name brands. The prices ranged from $2.99 to $20. I bought 4 pairs of jeans for $20. Who won? That would be me. It can be you too!

 

  1. No Relation Vintage

204 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10009 – between 12th Street & 13th Street in the East Village

If you are into vintage, this is the place for you. I found vintage overalls, band tees, army jackets, jean jackets, fur coats, and so much more. It has a great selection for both men and women. I came to look for inspiration for a cool outfit, and I found it here. I purchased a vintage Elton John tee and Levi shorts, worth $5 each. Items here run from $3 to $40. The deals were fantastic, with some justified high prices as well. This thriftique will make you think twice before shopping at a chain store.

  1. Rena Reborn

117 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10009 – between 1st Avenue & Avenue A in East Village

Rena Reborn is a small store with a LOT to offer. Out of all five shops, this one has the biggest assortment of women’s clothing.   As I flipped through the racks, it seemed to be a never-ending supply of clothes. This rack held $1 pieces of clothing, so I couldn’t help myself! Additionally, there was a $5 rack of clothing. Don’t expect to walk out of here empty handed!

 

  1. Unique Thrift Store

408 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 – Downtown Brooklyn

I never know what I’ll find here, but I am sure that it’s always going to be vintage and unique. This thriftique is extremely organized and the staff is friendly! You will find yourself coming here often because every week there is a sale. There is a great selection of home décor as well as clothing for men and women. The prices vary from $3 to $30. Everything in this store has personality, so you can’t go wrong!

 

Top 5 Funky Toy Stores

Whether you are shopping for toys for your little sibling or for yourself, New York City is chock-full of toy stores.  These listed shops aren’t your infamous or typical toy stores like Toys”R”Us or FAO Schwarz.  Don’t get me wrong, these places do bring me happiness, but they don’t have that quirky element that makes them stand out.

I love shopping for clothes the way I love pursuing around toy boutiques.  I’m sure we can all collectively agree that it brings out the kid in us.  I know for myself whenever I walked into each of these stores, I either channel my inner five-year-old or I reminisce on the special memories I had with those trinkets.  If the big city seems too serious for you or you feel like you need to take a brief break from reality, then this is the list for you.

1. KidRobot

126 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012 – between Greene St & Wooster St in SoHo

126 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012

Photo taken by Esther K.

After walking into this store, I couldn’t help but feel like a kid in a candy shop.  The unique vinyl and plush toys surely lured me in and overwhelmed me with their bright colors.  It is eye candy for sure.  Some of these items are pricey and some of them are reasonable, but there is something in here for everyone.

2. Forbidden Planet

832 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 – between 13th St & 12th St in Greenwich Village, Union Square, East Village

Photo taken by Emma G.

Photo taken by Emma G.

Confession:  I’m a total fangirl.  I love comics, anime manga collectibles, graphic t-shirts, and action figures.  This store is a fangirl and fanboy heaven.  I spent about 2 or 3 hours in here, getting lost in the merchandise and talking for hours with the quirky, knowledgable staff.  The products and the overall experience were beyond enjoyable.

3. Toy Tokyo

91 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003 – between 6th St & 5th St in East Village

Toy Tokyo

Photo taken by J-collabo.org

This store is personally one of my favorites.  When I walk in here, I feel like I am in a museum:  everything is clustered together by collection and displayed in glass cases.  What makes these toys so special is that they are hard to find anywhere else nowadays.  The rare novelties range from Japanese figurines to GI Joe’s to classic Voltron figures.  Toy Tokyoconnects you to your childhood and to some of your favorite comics.  I felt like I needed to buy everything when I was there!

4. My Plastic Heart

210 Forsyth Street, New York, NY 10002 – between Houston St & Stanton St in Lower East Side

Photo taken by Vincent Y.

Photo taken by Vincent Y.

This may be a small store, but it has so much to offer.  It’s an art gallery AND a toy store!  When I first went here, I remember there was an artist working on the white wall, setting his pieces up to be displayed and soon purchased.  There was so much to look at that between the art covering the walls and the impressive art toys.  This store will not hurt your wallet, and it is worth the visit!

5. oo35mm

81 Mott Street, New York, NY 10013 – between Canal St & Bayard St in Chinatown

Photo taken by Kelly N.

Photo taken by Kelly N.

0035mm isn’t your average toy store.  Not only does it carry toys, but it carries skin care products and jewelry.  I love going in here to check out the neat toys as well as the beauty accessories.  This gem carries toys and skincare products that are not available in every shop. Every time I walk in, they have a great selection of products and a staff that is eager to help.

Welcome to Our Blog!

Hi there!  We are Ashika and Stefanie, two college students living in Manhattan who like to explore and discover its quirky, hidden gems.  Being that we go to college in the city, we don’t limit ourselves to a five block radius from our school.  Yes, Times Square, Central Park, and the Statue of Liberty are definitely hot spots, but we want to stray away from that and give you the inside scoop of what the city really has to offer.  We’ll be giving you the top five options of each topic based off of our experiences and Yelp reviews.

Feel free to ask us any questions or give us suggestions that you might have about New York, or just about anything.  We hope we can open your eyes to the best things that you can do and see in the New York Metropolitan area.

Enjoy!

 

Ashika and Stefanie