Essentials, Feature, NYC

Beacons Closet

May 15, 2015

I am officially in New York six months and I honestly don’t know where the time has gone. Hopefully this summer will go slow but I strongly think that’s not going to happen. Being in this huge city there’s always something to do and see. I’m a shopaholic and I love to get a bargain, my friends have been constantly telling me about Beacon Closet, a vintage boutique downtown in Manhattan. To say, I’m annoyed at myself is an understatement. Why I’ve left it until six months to visit this consignment boutique really is a crime in its self. Beacon closet has to be one if not they best vintage stores that I’ve seen in New York. A collection of vintage and slightly new garments from Dolce and Cabana, Jimmy Cho, Marc Jacobs to one of my high street favorites Zara, basically this boutique has everything. I was even nicely surprised to see a pair of atmosphere shoes, which made me smile. You American ladies may not know it but this is a collection stocked only in the Irish and UK store called Pennys so it was a rare and humorous find for me.

Mid week you would think would be the best time for vintage shopping and normally it is but that was not the case here. Located downtown, Beacons Closet is directly beside the prestigious Parsons College making this boutique a hot spot for up and coming designers trading in last seasons jacket for a silk summers dress. It is definitely a distraction from class, I’m just grateful it was not beside my college in Dublin otherwise I probably would not have graduated. If you are looking to become a designer, this is a store that will inspire a variety of collections. Price points started from 10 dollars up to 70 dollars I’m sure there is higher price points but I struggled to find them. There are two counters, one obviously for purchases and the second, which is much longer, is used as a trade in section. Here you will find numerous sales people from the store assessing clothes, bags and jewellery, traded in for another garment or in exchange for money. Personally this gave me great confidence in the store as staff examine carefully all stock before placing it on the floor. This is a great way to ensure quality and value also if you are stuck for cash or traveling a quick and easy method of getting cash. When I was there I saw I girl trade in a beautiful quailed Chanel bag so you will find some interesting pieces no doubt. Greenpoint store is much bigger and the collection of clothing from every era is amazing. If you are a serious vintage shopper I would consider making a journey to this location. Don’t worry you won’t be stranded in the middle of no were but instead surround by chic restaurants and bars. Across the road is a beautiful public park to rest your feet after a long day of shopping so it really is the perfect girlie day out away from the mayhem of the city. Follow my instagram/twitter (@your_lawless) & Snapchat (your_lawless) to see the excitement of living in New York and all the hidden gems behind it.


Stay Lawless,

Niamh X


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