Rabbits is a small, charming vintage shop located just off the corner of Havemeyer Street and Grand Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The selection here is expertly curated and yet, affordable.
Address: 120 Havemeyer St. (near Grand St.)
Telephone: (718) 384-2181
Hours: 12:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; 12 p.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday. Closed Monday.
Accepts credit cards (no AmEx).
Rabbits' owner is Japanese, so you will find a great selection of kimonos and other Asian-influenced clothing. The overall feel of the store is a nice mixture of current trends and kooky one-off pieces. Though the store is quite small, there's a fair amount of merchandise and great sales to clear out a season. Rabbits is the kind of store that's always worth stopping in for a look - you may not find something every single time, but when you do, it'll be a piece you can wear again and again. People will constantly ask, "Where did you get that great dress?"
Sorry boys - Rabbits caters only to women's clothing.
Compared to Manhattan prices, where the same kind of clothing could easily set you back hundreds of dollars on the Lower East Side, Rabbits is very affordable. The sales are fantastic, and you can come away with a great dress for $40. Non-sale prices on dresses range anywhere from $50 to $150. Separates are usually cheaper unless it's a designer label.
Rabbits is a great place to buy sunglasses. The store has an excellent selection of vintage designer labels at unbeatable prices. The shoes here are unique, and the selection could be larger. It's the same situation with hats and bags - you can find a gem, but you'll wish there were more to shop through.
If you're still in the mood to shop, Grand Street has a remarkable amount of stores, non-vintage, including the Paul Smith outlet store (great shopping for men). In terms of vintage, Fille de Joie and Stella Dallas are very close. If you get hungry, stop in Caracas for an arepa or Walter Foods for a delicious burger.