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Over the years, I’ve scored great deals and met amazing people at the show. But, the first time I went, I was overwhelmed. There are 70 vendors, each with alot of merchandise on hand. I love vintage shopping but I had never seen anything this massive and had no idea where to start. Which booths should I go to? Will the vendors pressure me to buy? Will I have enough time to see everything? All I want is blue jeans – where can I find those? These are all the questions I asked myself before stepping foot in the door.
Don’t worry – it’s manageable and worthwhile if you enjoy vintage shopping. I compiled answers to questions you might be wondering about if you’re thinking about going. If you have more questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The show is held three times a year (February, April, October) in NYC, selling the widest, most diverse range of vintage merchandise under one roof.
Mainly clothes from all decades (1920’s through the 1990’s), as well as shoes (more dress & casual and fewer sneakers/sporty), accessories (jewelry, belts, bags). There’s even one vendor that has old McCall sewing patterns.
$15 online and $20 at the door. It’s worth it if you enjoy shopping, meeting new people, fashion history, new experiences!
I have a number of faves I always check for:
Typically no discounts but, yes, you can try to negotiate if you feel comfortable doing so.
Two (2) hours to walk the floor twice (once to get a feel for what’s on the floor that catches my eye and twice to stop back to only the vendors that I want to spend more time at).
Keep in mind, there is a lot of really cool merchandise that carries history or feels sentimental. Stepping into the exhibit hall is similar to walking through a museum! So, if you want to browse the racks casually or chat with the vendors, then I recommend budgeting more time.
Some vendors allow it, while others do not. I suggest asking beforehand.
There’s a fitting area for women (not sure about men). It’s closed off, but the space is open to other women trying on clothes (not private). Also, it’s not very big.
Yes. I haven’t used it and can’t speak on how clean/well-kempt it is.
Yes, there is food and beverages. I haven’t bought any, so I’m not sure of pricing or what all is offered (I believe there are pastries and crepes).