New York City is a vintage junkie's playground, but sifting through the secondhand store madness can be a daunting task. I love knowing my clothes and accessories have a previous life/story.
You could take days searching the streets of NYC for vintage steals, but here are some of Fabulously Frugal's favorite finds:
Beacon's Closet (Williamsburg) -- Organized by color, you can literally spend hours combing the racks of this place. From dresses to purses to shoes, the prices can't be beat. Beacon's also offers credit or cash for clothes they buy back, but beware: the buyers are extremely selective about what they will take.
Roundabout (Upper East Side) -- I first discovered this store at its Westport, CT location, and it finally came to NYC last year. The prices here can be a little steep, but the labels are all designer and the sales are frequent.
Pippin Vintage Jewelry (Chelsea) -- If you grew up playing dress-up with Mom's costume jewelry or just like unique, pre-loved accessories, this is the shop for you. A small boutique on West 17th Street, Pippin offers great gift jewelry at reasonable prices.
Goodwill/Salvation Army (various locations throughout the five boroughs) -- Never underestimate Goodwill or Salvation Army. They are the most affordable route to pre-worn goods. The only downside is that shopping at these stores requires a lot of patience and a propensity for digging in order to find hidden gems.