Who doesn’t love a good bargain. I certainly do, and I rarely pay full price, especially when it comes to fueling my fashion addiction. My secret to getting designer pieces without breaking the bank is shopping at thrift and vintage stores. And lucky for me, New Jersey is a bargain hunters paradise, with tons of great shops to be discovered. Here are my favorite spots in the Garden State to score fabulous vintage fashion finds. Happy thrifting!
Another Man’s Treasure Vintage Store – A fixture on the Jersey City shopping scene since 2006, owners Meika and Warren Franz recently opened up their new location at 195 Montgomery Street a few months ago. It is even bigger and better than their previous digs down the block. Their huge new space can now house their massive collection of vintage beauties. You can find everything from Victorian era frocks, delicate beaded gowns, high-end designer couture, and plenty of unique accessories.
Vintage Alley – This Verona shop is every vintage lover’s paradise. They carry the most amazing selection of vintage pieces from every decade imaginable, and all at a super affordable price point. You will not feel guilty shopping here. I once scored two vintage Louis Vuitton makeup cases for only $50. I try and pop in at least once or twice a month, and I never leave empty handed.
Very Clothes and Goods – Located right in the heart of downtown Jersey City, this fashion forward, and extremely affordable vintage shops boasts a variety of amazing hidden treasures. They call themselves “the purveyors of handpicked items” and that is most certainly true, because they have done the hard work of digging and scouring the vintage clothing lands, to bring us the best selection possible.
Salvation Army Thrift Store – If you are willing to do some digging, this is a bargain hunters dream. The prices at the Salvation Army cannot be beat, but you will have to pack a lot of patience while you search, as it can take some time to find the treasures. They have numerous locations scattered throughout the state, but my two favorite spots with the best selections are in Pompton Lakes and Passaic. Pompton Lakes has amazing vintage and antique furniture, and I always score big with women’s clothing in Passaic. My greatest Salvation Army find of all time was a pair of Prada pumps, in perfect condition, which I scored for a mere 5 dollars!
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Udelco – You know you’ve come to the right place when vintage store owners shop here themselves to stock their stores. This is the mecca of vintage clothing in New Jersey. It’s a little off the beaten path in Hawthorne, located inside a big warehouse. But don’t let the outside appearance fool you. Once you’re inside, you have hit the vintage jackpot, but it will take some digging. A first-timer will be completely overwhelmed here. There are boxes upon boxes upon boxes of clothing and accessories. You name it, you can without a doubt find it here. And most items are under $20! Word of advice: they are cash only, so make sure to hit up the ATM on the way there.
Bales of vintage at Udelco. One of my favorite things about NJ is the non-marked up vintage. Situated on a side street on the border of Ridgewood and Hawthorne is Udelco, a wholesale vintage place open to the public with ???????? handpicked and organized vintage clothing and accessories. Definitely a semi-hidden gem. @nataliegalasso for @jerseycollective