From time to time, you may dream of the walk-in closet, no credit limit fantasy, but in reality, you've got to keep it cheap. It's like a game of Tetris out there in New York's shopping world -- the average styleite here wonders, "How will I coordinate my nice high-end coat with my cheap flea market dress find and my vintage shoes and my hand-me-down earrings and my needs-to-be-tamed hair to equal stylish?" Here's where to find the cheapest cheapies in gangbusters expensive NYC so that you can fulfill that equation.
This cavernous store sprawls across a basement space crammed with vintage cardigans, strawberry brooches, Christmas wreath earrings, gnome statuettes, VHS tapes, Phil Collins records, errant chairs with wobbly legs and pretty vintage plates. You can find a dream date outfit here -- or nothing except for a plate with pretty flowers on it -- but it's always a worthy trip when combined with the Buffalo Exchange next door.
This is my favorite Buffalo Exchange. Not as hip as the one in Brooklyn, but full of costumey gems like long glittery dresses, floral chemises, drapey scarves, platform shoes and t-shirt dresses, this store delivers in the $15 range for me almost every time I visit.
Odd Twin is absolutely impressive for costumes and vintage and the place where the two meet. From rows of 90s leopard print bodysuits to rows of crinolines to rows of beautiful vintage dresses, Odd Twin is a Park Slope gem for going to a fancy restaurant or going to a wacky costume party.
Repop has amazing mid-century furniture, but what you may not have realized at first glance is that they sometimes carry amazing hats and dresses that would sell for way more than their Repop prices at other stores. I have bought at this store: a sunny yellow bell-skirt vintage dress for $25, a gorgeous flowered headpiece for $10, and a beautiful widebrim formal sun hat for $15.
This is much more than a place to get your hair cut. Make an appointment to get your nails did by art school-trained Fleury Rose -- she can do practically anything. Get styling and cuts done by Kristin, who competed on Hair Battle Spectacular with amazing hair sculptures. And shop a fun collection of jewelry and vintage and new clothing picked out by owner Chantal. Then explore the hip mall Tomahawk is in.