Though these vintage stores might require a little extra energy for shopping on your part, the pay-off is well worth it. Finding a great one-of-a-kind piece is much sweeter when the price-tag doesn't break the bank.
1. Vice Versa
241 Bedford Avenue between N. 4th and N. 3rd Streets
Located on Bedford Avenue between North 4th and North 3rd Street, Vice Versa has more in common with the Salvation Army than the other boutiques on this list. There is an incredible amount of merchandise in this store, both for women and men, and not just clothes but shoes and accessories as well. The prices are very affordable, but be prepared to dig through a jam-packed rack of dresses to find the diamond in the rough.
496 Driggs Avenue at N. 9th Street
Just next to the Buffalo Exchange on Driggs Avenue you'll find Monk's, a wonderful blend of second-hand and older vintage pieces. The great thing about Monk's is their selection of men's clothes. Even in Williamsburg, Vintage for men can be difficult to find. Monk's has a large selection of clothing, shoes, bags, sunglasses, and even jewelry. If you're stumped on what to wear to a party and don't want to break the bank, stop in Monk's.
285 N. 6th Street near Metropolitan Avenue
This gigantic store is a must-go for your apparel needs. The space is broken up into rooms - the front, being the most spacious, is lined wall to wall with racks filled with clothing, organized by type of garment and men's and women's. The smaller back room caters to vintage aficionados. These clothes are even older, from the 50s all the way back to the turn of the century. If you are looking for the perfect military jacket or a 1950s style Mad Men dress, you have come to the right place. These items are generally more expensive than the clothes in the front room, which are very affordable. There's also a great selection of men and women's shoes, particularly leather boots.
4. The Salvation Army
176 Bedford Avenue at N. 7th Street
Though there have been threats in this past that Williamsburg's Salvation Army was going to become an Apple store, so far, no dice. This medium-sized store is your go-to for the cheapest used clothing in the neighborhood, a great place to shop for costumes. Just remember to throw these clothes in the dryer for a few minutes when you get home - with the threat of bed bugs in New York it's never a bad idea.