Many of you asked for more insight news from Manhattan, together with regular travel tips. So, we not only wanna thank you guys for all your amazing feedback and your wonderful emails ♥, we are happy to announce that from now on there will be more articles on travel hot spots and we will regularly bring you the inside scoop from Manhattan, starting with some pretty awesome thrift stores. So, get ready for our personal New York shopping tip.

Yes, New York is expensive and shopping can be quite self-indulgent, not to mention extremely pricey. Of course, there are many tourtists who come here to buy exclusive designer clothes or American brands for a relatively great deal due to the currency exchange. But what many people from outside don’t know is that New York can be a seventh heaven for second-hand lovers.

If you’re looking to spend an afternoon searching through thrift shops to hipster-fy your wardrobe, then you should definitely check out these amazing stores:

Tokio 7: Tokio 7 was established in 1995 by it’s owner from Tokyo, Japan. It is one of the largest consignment stores in New York City and was featured in New York Magazine’s “Best of New York.”

This is a unique store with high end designer brand names like Chanel and Prada, to local East Village designers. The collection of clothes and merchandise range from vintage, to unusual, to funky.

Screaming Mimis: For fashionistas with a passion for contemporary off-the-runway style and the initial trends that inspire it, downtown Manhattan’s vintage mecca Screaming Mimi’s is definitely a place worth browsing.

Since the store’s conception in 1978, Screaming Mimi’s has been on every New York fashion insider’s list as the go-to destination for the most unique looks and pieces for the decades past. Today the store features quirky classis and unequalled designs that originate from as early as the ’50s until as late as the ’90s.

With everything from jumpsuits and fedoras to sharkskin suits and platform heels, Screaming Mimi’s seeks to create a look for both men and women from the store’s extensive wardrobe and its many exceptional accessories. The store features a wide variety of exclusive jewelry, sunglasses, shoes, hates, and handbags that, like the clothing they accent, each echo current flair.

Eleven Consignment Boutique: After two years of selling cast-off Birkin bags and Chanel everything the East Village’s Eleven Consignment Boutique opened a satellite location this week (70 Fifth Ave., nr. St. Marks Pl., Park Slope; 718-399-7767).

The offerings at the Brooklyn outpost, says co-owner Lizabeth Murphy, are slightly more accessible: Think graphic DVF dresses ($125), John Varvatos button-downs ($45), the odd Moncler puffer ($400), and $25 costume bangles. What won’t change is her emphasis on price-chopped, new-with-tags merchandise, like $300 Helmut Lang jeans marked down to $95.

Spence-Chapin Thrift Shop: A true classic from the New York Times section! Spence and Chapin, long bastions for the education of New York’s blueblood feminine heirs, sponsor thrift shops to support the Spence-Chapin organization’s considerable good works in the larger community, mainly by recycling the high-end, high-quality cast-offs of elegant, label-happy UES moms.

The jam-packed store donates thousands of dollars every month to charity, earned from the sale of near-new castoffs like Prada and Miu Miu dresses, Carolina Herrera leather totes, and Marc Jacobs peacoats, all at half their one-time retail price—or less. Granted, the gently worn clothes can be a season or two behind, but how much does a year matter when you’re talking Lacoste polos or lined Ralph Lauren gray flannel slacks?

The shop is organized by category, with men’s clothing towards the back and women’s offerings crammed onto racks that line the whole space; a selection of furniture—heavy on the kitchen tables and chairs—is also available. The shop is usually crowded with both merchandise and people; shop early for the best picks. While the jaundice-suggestive fluorescent lighting could be better for choosing among the used Luca Luca gowns, shopping at the Spence-Chapin thrift shop is worth it for the bargains alone. Sadly, no schoolgirl uniforms are for sale.” (

So, next time you are in town, forget about your traditional tourist guide and enjoy this unique shopping experience – just like a real New Yorker.


photo credentials: Peter T (flickr), Creative Commons 2.0