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Vintage-Shop in and near NYC with Carla Robertson Higgins—She Knows What You're Looking For

BY maren ellingboe 02/18/2016

Carla Robertson Higgins has always been a crazy-passionate vintage shopper—in fact, the inspiration to start her bright-and-cheery eyewear line Carla Colour came from a pair of glasses she thrifted in Amsterdam. “I love the thrill of the hunt,” says Carla, who was a committed vintage shopper in her native Australia before moving to New York in 2013 and finding a killer second-hand scene—the best of which she’s willing to share.

 

Ladies Village Improvement Society Bargain Box Thrift Shop // 95 Main Street, East Hampton, NY

“This thrift store is not only stacked with top-quality goodies, but it’s also a gorgeous place to visit. The gardens are perfectly manicured and The House, circa 1740, is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The Ladies Village Improvement Society runs this store, so your purchases help to keep the city of East Hampton looking beautiful. I picked up a vintage woolen Pendleton sweater in perfect condition for less than $10, along with this sparkly dress, which always reminds me that sequins are appropriate for all occasions.”

 

Narnia // 672 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY

“Narnia is absolutely my favorite vintage store in NYC. Perfectly curated and presented, this store never lets me down. The style is mainly seventies bohemian with a bold dose of eighties fun, and their colourful clothing plays a big part in making this store my top pick in the city. They have massive sales a couple of times a year, which are beyond your wildest dreams. Get on their email list! I bought a pink and teal silk kimono at the last sale that I love. I also scored some incredibly comfortable Hermès nude suede boots, which have become one of my wardrobe staples.”

 

 

The Big Cheese // 404 Main St, Rosendale, NY

“Rosendale is a cute little town about two hours north of NYC. The main street looks like it hasn’t changed since the turn of the century. There is a great thrift store hidden in the back of my favorite local cafe, The Big Cheese. They stock vintage country items, handmade knits, and exotic stuff from around the world. I found an amazing multi-coloured cotton jacket from Nepal that makes me feel like a mashup of Michael Jackson in ‘Thriller’ and a rainbow. And you can eat a banging breakfast sandwich while you shop.”

 

On the Hill Antiques // 41 Broadway, Kingston, NY

“I love rambling through this place looking for treasure. It’s mainly a furniture and bric-a-brac store, but you can dig around and find great accessories here too. I got a great pair of suede desert boots, but my best find is a fifties straw and leather hat from Mexico. It’s perfect! We also bought three mid-century modern pendant light fixtures for our upstate property for less than a meal at Momofuku. Deal.”

 

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