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Whether you’re a fierce femme, a dapper boi or somewhere in between, you’ll love New Jersey-based pin-up model Betty Chantel‘s top thrift store finds. Get agift for that special someone or something special for yourself. Not in the tri-state area? Not to worry. Betty’s got you covered. Check out these queerific brick and mortar and online retailers for vintage and vintage-inspired pieces.

Guvnor’s Vintage Thrift
178 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11227
Betty Says: “The cutest collection of women’s vintage shoes! Their men’s clothing collection varies in sizes and my girlfriend can’t leave that store without purchasing a few items.”

Bopkat Vintage
117 Union St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Betty Says: “Lovely little store with an amazing collection of deadstock [vintage clothing that has never been worn before] vintage pieces.”
Betty Says: “Sweet separates and stunning evening dresses.”

A Little Wicked
279 E. Houston St
New York, NY 10002
Betty Says: “Fantastic 50s and 60s pieces and accessories.”
Betty Says: “Gorgeous mix of pin-up and rockabilly pieces for every occasion.”

Williamsburg Beacon’s Closet
88 N 11th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Betty Says: “This huge thrift shop can become insanely busy, definitely shop on a week day.”
Betty Says: “Handmade hair flowers which will complete any look.”

Amarcord Vintage
252 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
Betty Says: “Enchanting little shop with treasures on ever rack.”
Betty Says: “A great collection of discounted rockabilly dresses and button downs for men.”

David Owens Vintage Clothing
154 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
Betty Says: “Tucked in Soho, this vintage shop has some of the best vintage men’s button downs and dress pants.”

Another Man’s Treasure
353 Grove St
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Betty Says: “A quick ride on the PATH is completely worth getting your hands on some of the most darling vintage lingerie and evening dresses.”

Odd Twin
164 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Betty Says: “Well-priced vintage dresses and purses for all your dolled up needs.”

Buffalo Exchange
504 Driggs Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Betty Says: “Easily the best buy/sell thrift shop in NYC. Even though it’s a chain, they usually carry pieces which are unique and trendy.”

ENZ’s Vintage
125 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
Betty Says: “The most convenient collection of retro-inspired clothing. They are pricey but are known for carrying a wide selection of sizes. They also have adorable hair fascinators.”

Billy’s Antiques & Props
78 E Houston St
New York, NY 10012
Betty Says: “This place is vintage accessories heaven!”
Betty Says: “Great for retro-inspired clothing. They also have great plus size pieces.”

Betty Bonus: Ladies should also follow the Manhattan Vintage Clothing site. They host huge warehouse sales where various vintage and thrift shops bring the best of their stock to sell.

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