Bedford Avenue offers a multitude of shops, restaurants, bars and boutiques, and its vintage shopping is some of the best in New York City. Whether you’re shopping on a small or large budget, you’re sure to find a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind clothes, books, records, and antiques. There are also many cool vintage shops around Bedford Avenue. Here's your guide to the best shops and markets to pick up some retro goods in Williamsburg.
Edited by Alison Lowenstein
Find Treasures at Artists and Fleas
The Artists and Fleas Flea Market, just off Bedford Avenue and North 6th, is open every Saturday and Sunday from 12-8pm.
With over 20 vendors specializing in vintage clothes, shoes, and accessories, handmade clothing, jewelry, and repurposed vintage, you won’t get bored in here. The flea market is a great place to shop for gifts and for the outfit you never knew you needed—good quality vintage at a reasonable price beats expensive store-bought clothes that don’t last. After you've finished shopping, head across the street to East River State Park and soak in a timeless view.
On the other side of Bedford on North 6th Street, you’ll find an unmarked clothing boutique. This is Malin's Landaeus, a neighborhood staple. If you want to dress to impress, you’ve come to the right place. Malin is from Sweden and so are most of her clothes. Malin is usually in the store on weekends: tell her what you’re looking for and she’ll start pulling things off the racks for you to try on. You couldn’t ask for friendlier service.
Browse Used Books at Spoonbill and Sugartown
Serving Williamsburg bookworms since 1999, Spoonbill & Sugartown has it all—used books, new books, and two store cats. The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. Shop for used fiction, philosophy, or cookbooks for about half of the list price. They also have an extensive collection of art books.
Dress Fellini-esque at Amarcord
If you didn’t find anything that caught your eye at Artists and Fleas or Malin’s, cross the street and head over to Amarcord, a boutique specializing in Italian vintage, hence its Fellini-inspired name. Though the prices here can be a bit steep, what you’re paying for is the expert curation of the store. There’s no rifling through racks of undesirable clothing. Nearly every piece at Amarcord is a work of art.
Sip a Vintage Cocktail at Hotel Delmano
Your feet are tired and your arms are full of bags—finish off your vintage day with a vintage cocktail from speakeasy Hotel Delmano, down North 9th on the corner of Berry. If you have no idea what you want, tell the bartender what alcohol and flavors you prefer and he or she will concoct something just for you. Toast yourself in this beautiful bar on your old-school shopping afternoon. Fans of Master of None will be happy to note that they have filmed here.
Go Retro at 10ft Single by Stella Dallas
Right off Bedford Avenue of North 6th Street is a local favorite vintage/consignment shop 10ft Single by Stella Dallas. The small store packs in some of the vintage threads and goods in Brooklyn. They also have a great selection of vintage home goods, to spruce up your apartment. If you want to continue your vintage/consignment shopping, walk a few blocks to Driggs Avenue and peruse the vintage chain Buffalo Exchange, where you can also find the latest designs.
Get Some Vintage Menswear at The Quality Mending Company
With shops in Soho and Williamsburg, The Quality Mending Company carries men's and womenswear. Old work clothes for men are popular finds at this shop. In 2010, The Quality Mending Co. "introduced the Quality Mending Company, a line of mainly locally made clothing and accessories that takes its inspiration from vintage but possesses an of-the-moment sensibility."