Dreamy Pop Vocalist Tamaryn’s Guide to Vintage Shopping in NYC

Tamaryn wears vintage Agent Provocateur on tour on the west coast this past week. Photo by Eric Tra, courtesy of Tamaryn.

Aside from being a musician we love, Tamaryn also has a great eye for vintage fashion. When we shot the singer this past spring, she showed up in a vintage Agent Provocateur see-through perspex trench coat — the kind of piece you wish you’d been the one to find. (You can see Tamaryn wearing it in the tour photo above.) Below she shares with us her favorite vintage gems to shop in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Tamaryn’s album ‘Cranekiss’ is out from Mexican Summer on August 28.

I’ve been haunting the same spots for years and although ebay and online shopping seemed to have shut down quite a few of my favorite shops (RIP Frock), some gems still remain. Here is my list of enduring New York vintage warriors that I love.

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Angela’s Vintage Boutique
26 2nd Avenue, New York, NY

My long time #1 go to for all things ‘20s and ‘30s, sparkles and cocktail. Angela and her son are Russian coveters of all things silk and sequined. I’ve been buying from her since she was on East 10th Street and visit her at least once a month. She has plenty of odds and ends from all eras, but really specializes glitzy glamour.

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Resurrection
217 Mott Street, New York, NY

I worked at this high-end hub for all things designer ‘70s to ‘90s when I was 18! I spent three years learning about the history of fashion and how it relates to music, cinema and culture in general. If I could afford to outfit myself in Alaia, YSL, Gaultier or Versace daily this is where I would go. I can’t, but if you can there is no better place.

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Cobblestones
314 E 9th Street, New York, NY

This is one of a string of stores that have been open for ages in the East Village on 9th Street. I have no idea how these store owners manage to stay in business through all the changes the neighborhood has gone through since I moved here in the early 2000s! Cobblestones is my favorite of them all because the owner is a really wonderful woman who always greets me with a “hello young lady” and without fail always sings along to the music in the store with an incredibly distinct Ethel Merman affect. They carry ‘30s through ‘70s, but at times it’s a real dig. Don’t be shy to head to the very back and ask what’s in the garment bags.

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Search and Destroy
25 St Marks Place, New York, NY

Classic St. Marks Japanese punk rock vintage store. I used to think this place was overpriced and silly when I was a teenager, but it’s endured through the years and now a knockoff SEX shirt for $50 seems like a deal. This place just rules. So many amazing t-shirts and studded jackets, bondage pants, furs and glittery cheer skirts. They also have a mechanical dildo that greets you as you walk in the door. Undoubtedly an essential New York vintage experience.

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Grand Street Bakery
602 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY

For more casual fare I like to check in here and poke around through their extensive selection of vintage denim, day dresses and even vintage beach towels and blankets. Their prices are affordable but the store feels very curated nonetheless. One of the few new vintage boutiques I frequent.

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Beacon’s Closet
74 Guernsey Street, Brooklyn, NY

Can’t have a list like this without Beacon’s. A hub for artists who work and dress there, and it has been for the past 15 years or so. I’ve shopped all its ever-changing locations and never leave disappointed. It’s also a great spot because many stylists and models (or whomever else gets gifted free designer clothes) sell there, so the racks are seemingly always littered with last season or this season’s runway threads.

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In Los Angeles? Check out our favorite west coast vintage stores.

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