Quaint and undeniably au courant, the Upper East Side of Manhattan is the go-to spot for teatime catch-ups and sidewalk strolls amid stunning townhouses. World-renowned landmarks such as the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are neighborhood monuments. Hidden between the residential walk-ups dating back to the glamorous era of Audrey Hepburn are these top ten vintage and consignment shops that represent the sophisticated style of the Upper East Side.
A landmark on 84th Street and Madison Avenue, Encore is a shopping destination. Walk up a flight of stairs to reach the store, which is located in an elevated space where high fashion is appreciated and preserved by a tenderhearted sales staff. Fashion finds on the first floor include sale items such as denim, trousers, skirts, and evening dresses. An assortment of high-end luxury brands such as Chanel is ticketed between $300 and $700. Make your way up to the second floor to explore a range of styles priced at $40 a piece. Encore exemplifies how high fashion turns affordable with age.
A nearby resident of Serendipity 3, Tatiana Designer Resale is among the trendiest shops on the block. This shop simulates delving into your grandmother’s wardrobe; handbags and jewelry, including bejeweled bracelets and beetle brooches, fill encasements stationed throughout the store surrounded by racks of jackets and blazers. Expect to spend at least $100 dollars at this spot. Although it may cost a pretty penny in comparison to other vintage boutiques, consider the Tatiana experience an investment. Not only does this shop offer exposure to the most eccentric, fashion-forward designs from Givenchy to Max Mara – it also sells pieces with history.
Situated on 81st and 3rd, this shop‘s price tags speak for themselves. Clothes run from $25 to $35, and the highest-priced items will hardly trump $60 dollars. Luxury items like a Christian Dior dress or an Elizabeth and James top are rare discoveries among the typical department store brands and quality everyday fashion found in Macy’s or Lord & Taylor. Peruse the well-stocked shop in the event of finding these treasured daily garments.
This small gem can be found on 83rd and 3rd. Supporting cancer patients and their families through 100 percent of their sales, this thrift store represents the heart and soul of the neighborhood. With the average price set at around $20 a piece, styles include a popular selection of trousers and dresses, with prominent pieces designed for the career-driven woman. This spot is flourishing with 90s silhouettes – fashion’s current fixation. With the occasional sighting of a DKNY button-down, Marc Jacobs jacket or Proenza Schouler blouse, this thrift store is a pleasantly unexpected shopping experience.
Housing Works Upper East Side | Courtesy of Time Out
The sun always shines on the side of the street where the Upper East Side Housing Works location stands. Reasons for such an inviting atmosphere may point to the company’s mission to serve the AIDS community. 100 percent of purchases support the lives of those affected by the illness. Peruse racks of higher-end garments from Theory shirts for men to Marni blouses for women. Don’t forget to explore the store’s furniture and home goods selection, which is mixed and matched throughout its layout. Aside from the smiles and jokes passed around by friendly members of staff, the products here make you feel right at home.
Not far from the corner of 75th and Lexington Avenue, uptown gets a taste of downtown swag. This flavor of fashion comes in the form of Marc Jacobs, Theory, and Alexander Wang at Second Time Around. Here, you’ll find an assortment of printed dresses designed for cocktail receptions after work and weekend derby parties alike. Racks line the store’s floor by style and size order. As you shop, keep their discounts (marked by the colored sticker) in mind, as these mark-offs can bring an uncustomary deal. From printed button-downs to flirty blouses, the finds in Second Time Around will keep you Upper East Side-fashionable.
Michaels Consignment | Courtesy of City Galon on the Ego
80th and Madison heralds a consignment shop business run on the theory of exclusivity. Before entering the store, one must ring the doorbell and wait to be buzzed into this small, apartment-style shop. Inside, Chanel denim awaits, priced at an astonishing $150 to $250. Explore a selection of Proenza Schouler and Marni for $300, and blouses that ranged from $75 to $200. A selection of silk scarves cost around $100, and Manolo heels decorate the shoe racks.
Located on 94th and 3rd, Unique Boutique presents a shopping adventure designed for the more casual lifestyle. Here, you’ll find brands such as Forever 21, Banana Republic, and the GAP – all of which repute a more accessible approach to fashion – priced at less than $10. In addition to clothing, a large, library-sized showcase of books wrap around their comprehensive denim selection. Home décor pieces include teacup sets, pots and pans, and matching plates adorn a display table in the front of the store. This jumble of articles creates an atmosphere most relatable to a market. The store’s inexpensive trinkets are hardly luxurious, but rather designed for everyday living.
A next-door neighbor to Encore on 84th and Madison, BIS Designer Resale is the spot to shop for formal evening attire. High-fashion style consumes the lofted, walk-up location offering an amazing selection of dresses, starting at $150. Other sections offer more affordable garments for everyday wear. In the event that you didn’t find what you were looking for in-store, their online shop is equally stunning.
80th and Madison flaunts a locus of collected high fashion. La Boutique Resale is the spot for high-fashion shopping, from Missoni to luxury Japanese brands, all on a rack in the center of the store. Not far from this luxury presentation hangs a collection of Pleats Please, Comme De Garcon, and Junay Watanabe. La Boutique markets itself as a discounted high-fashion spot, so come here to hunt for those special garments at far more reasonable prices than retail stores.