From a Local: The Best Spots For Secondhand Fashion in NYC

A Brooklyn-based thrift junkie shares her go-to spots for vintage and pre-loved duds.

As climate change becomes an ever-growing crisis, more and more New Yorkers are looking for ways to minimize their carbon footprint. Bringing your reusable grocery bags and water bottles is a great start, but where do you go from there? The fashion industry produces 4% of the world's waste each year (that's 92 million tons). Nothing beats the thrill of scoping out new duds, but the truth is that fast fashion is incredibly unsustainable, and there are already plenty of clothes on the planet to keep us all covered.

Thankfully, New York City is a haven for both curated vintage spots and cost-effective thrifting. Below, we've rounded up just seven of the best places to buy secondhand clothing in the five boroughs (but mainly Brooklyn and Manhattan). Earth thanks you.

Urban Jungle

If flipping through endless racks of pre-loved clothing sounds like your kind of thrill, then Urban Jungle is your theme park. Spanning nearly an entire block in Bushwick, Brooklyn, this spot is about as cheap as thrift can get in New York, full of overalls, utility jackets, and shelves of cozy sweaters without emptying your piggy bank.


L Train Vintage

Right around the corner from Urban Jungle is one of the multiple L Train Vintage locations scattered around Brooklyn, save for their one East Village location. Local hipsters and tourists alike trust this spot for affordable vintage. Don't bother buying jeans anywhere else.


Beacon's Closet

Don't let the aloof salesperson from Broad City turn you off—Beacon's Closet is how New York does consignment. Clean out your closet, sell the goods here, then use your store credit to pick up new designer and vintage items for fractions of the price. There are a few locations, but the one in Greenpoint, Brooklyn is massive.


10 Ft. Single by Stella Dallas

Stella Dallas is a hidden vintage gem in Brooklyn's ever-popular Williamsburg neighborhood. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but beyond its doors is jackpot for pretty much any item of clothing you could want for both men and women. Prices vary, but they are still on the lower end for quality vintage pieces you'll love forever.


Awoke Vintage

Awoke Vintage started as market stall in Australia before opening its first Brooklyn store in 2012; now, they have two Greenpoint locations and one in Williamsburg full of some of the most perfectly curated vintage selections in the entire city. Prices are a little steeper here, but nothing more than you'd pay for something similar at Urban Outfitters.


The Break

Those minimalist-chic It Girls you see on Instagram who always err on the side of overdressed? Yeah, that's the aesthetic the Break goes for. If wildly colorful pieces aren't your thing, this low-key spot in Greenpoint is a hub for wearable, subdued business casual that'll keep you looking effortlessly classy, no matter the ebb and flow of trends.


Screaming Mimi's

If your style is out there—like, really out there—then this upscale joint in the West Village is a goldmine. Its clothing racks are packed with bold, retro frocks that pack a punch for anyone who treats playing dress-up as a daily game. Doesn't sound like you? Stop by before next Halloween for a throwback costume.

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Do Non-Melatonin Sleep Aids Really Work?

Objective makes a chocolate square.

I Can't Sleep.

I truly cannot remember the last time I had a good night's rest. Even before the stay-at-home orders, I was just a little ball of nerves.

But lately, it's been awful. I toss and turn, it's always too hot or even too cold, sometimes I make myself tea and read for a bit, but when I'm still up at 1 a.m., I reach for my phone and then I'm up until 3. My sister and I have a weekly call, and our small talk about our exhaustion turned into an hour long conversation about sleep.

I Thought I'd Tried Everything. Even Melatonin.

My sister asked why I hadn't gone for the old staple, melatonin and I reminded her about the time we traveled abroad, and it gave me the weirdest nightmares (the horrible kind where you wake up in your dream and you're still in a dream). Chamomile tea didn't work, nothing worked.

She said she had a friend who swore by something I definitely hadn't heard of.

They Were NOT Pills, Teas or Anything I'd Seen Before.

A company called Objective makes Fast Asleep, a sleep solution delivered as chocolatey treats. They're created with saffron and GABA. If going to sleep was as easy as eating a piece of these chocolatey, minty delights every night, I'd be sold.

What Exactly Was In It?

Cocoa contains caffeine, so I didn't know how this would help me sleep. After talking with my sister, I went online and saw that the calming, sleep-supporting ingredients cancel out any of the very little caffeine content.

Saffron, the spice, is apparently known to help with staying asleep, and their GABA is a fermented version of the neurotransmitter that's known to help you relax and fall asleep faster. In a study, 100% of customers saw improvement in their sleep quality thanks to saffron. One hundred percent!

Do I Try It?

A bag of 30 pieces was only $40, and they had a money-back guarantee.

They're keto-friendly and only 30 calories a piece, so not too decadent before bedtime.

They were chocolatey-minty, which is my favorite flavor, so I was sold. I ordered a bag to try.

The First Night, I Wasn't Impressed.

I took one piece (super yummy!) - 30-60 minutes before bedtime is recommended - but when I climbed in, I didn't notice a difference. I was worried I'd wasted my money.

However, once I fell asleep, I stayed asleep until my alarm went off, which hasn't always been the case for me.

I checked the site again, and noticed that many people didn't notice a real difference until the third or fourth night - it builds up in your system over time, so I decided to keep an open mind the rest of the week.

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Without doing anything differently from the first night, my second night was amazing. I felt calm and sleepy as I was getting ready for bed, and once I hit the pillow, I was out the whole night.

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Just In Case! There's nothing habit-forming about this product, so it's completely safe to take every night, and I honestly always want to keep it in the house. I'd also love to offer it to anyone staying over in the guest room, whenever we have guests again.

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With Objective's Fast Asleep, I get real sleep and balance my levels, so I don't have to feel tired during my waking hours. Sleep in the form of chocolate squares sounds so weird, but oh my goodness, do they work.

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With breweries and distilleries out of business for the foreseeable future, your favorite beer may feel particularly out of reach this time of year, especially with the weather changing. But don't let quarantine suck all the fun out of summer. Luckily, thanks to technology, a lot of craft beer is now deliverable straight to your door step. Here are a few of the best apps to help make sure you stay up to date on the latest trendy brews.

Tavour

Tavour

Simplistic and elegant, Tavour allows users to easily fill up a box of beer over a period of time before shipping. The app offers more than 650 different breweries both local and national and is perfect for those who like to experiment. It's easy to use, and their menu rotates regularly so you and your beer never grow stale.

TapRM

TapRM

TapRM offers a wide range of both craft beers and hard seltzers. While based almost exclusively in New York City, the app offers fast, same day delivery from some of the best beer brands in the world. They also provide a unique selection of beers to help you find your new favorite. All you need to do is download the app and place your order!

Drizly

Offering a stark variety of craft beer, Drizly allows its users to mix and match 12-packs, sixers or by the bottle. Their guarantee is that they can have whatever you order delivered to your house in less than an hour. You can even schedule your delivery for a specific time, with each delivery taking around 20-40 minutes.

Saucey

Saucey takes delivery very seriously. When you order with them they guarantee that they'll deliver in 30-minutes or less, or they guarantee two day shipping. Also, beer aside, their entire liquor cabinet is also up for grabs. From tequila and whiksey, to vodka and wine, nothing is off the table for Saucey.

Beer Menus

BeerMenus

For those who enjoy strictly local beers, BeerMenus features a tap list from local bars and a broader stock list from your neighborhood beer store. With that, you can make sure to create a list of your favorite beers in your neighborhood, so that when they're in stock you can be ready to go.