There is so much to explore in New York City. The entertainment. Delicious eats. An explosion of culture. But NYC, in particular, Brooklyn, also offers one of the best thrift shopping scenes there is.
On the hunt for trendy pieces, remarkable deals, or your next photoshoot-worthy outfit, you may have heard of L Train Vintage. With several store locations scattered throughout Brooklyn, fashionable finds are just a few skips away in these family-owned NYC businesses. Today, we feature the shop on Sackett St., steps away from Union subway station.
|Location||654 Sackett St. Brooklyn, NY 11217|
|Contact Information||Phone: (718) 858-4906|
|Hours||Monday—Sunday (12 PM – 7 PM)|
One of eight shops, this particular location is open all week (Mon-Sun) from noon to 7 pm and has a large selection of affordable vintage clothing in Brooklyn.
From clothing to accessories, men’s apparel, and different kinds of statement pieces—there is something for everyone.
In this article, we’ll go over the highlights and also some of the snags that thrifters have noted.
Highlight: Remarkable prices
Going through 200+ reviews, more than a quarter of them mention how reasonable they found the prices to be at L Train Vintage. One satisfied customer revealed she was able to purchase a leather jacket for $16.
So, if you’re on the lookout to find an affordable steal, this sounds like a great place to go.
Tops typically run between $6-20 with jeans going for around the same. Sweaters are a little more expensive but you can also find coats around the $30 price point.
Highlight: Frequent rotation of items
The store receives new shipments of clothing each month so, even if you don’t find something on your first visit, you can stop by from time to time for the most updated vintage wares.
Shoppers have frequently commented on the regular turnover and replacement of stock.
One of the best things about thrifting is that everything is one-of-a-kind. You never know what you’ll find—it’s kind of like a treasure hunt! If you live for unique fashion, this is it.
What’s more? Every time you thrift, you are playing a part in supporting the sustainable fashion movement.
A useful piece of advice on getting the most wear out of your pieces. Look for high-quality fabrics such as silk, linen, and denim. These materials are built to last.
Highlight: Impressively organized
Originally a warehouse, this shop is quite spacious. Right when you walk in, you’ll be greeted by a huge array of neatly organized sections of clothing.
It has high ceilings and a lot of natural light so that you can really see what the piece will look like out-of-store.
Sections are often separated by style or theme, then further subdivided by color and size. Each piece of clothing is marked with a bright yellow price tag.
If you’ve been thrifting before, you’ll appreciate how easy this makes sifting through all of the merchandise.
Highlight: Abundant Selection and Variation
Overall, the quality and condition of items in this store vary from good to great—after all, these are vintage items. Whether you are looking for a denim jacket, a classic windbreaker, or a cool new (old) Hawaiian shirt, this place is likely to have what you’re searching for.
It can be overwhelming, especially when the store is crowded. The store is the busiest on weekends so if you’re looking for a more relaxed experience, I suggest you visit on a weekday.
Items past thrifters have been able to score:
- Maxi skirts and dresses
- Bomber jackets
- Camo shirts
- Denim jeans
- Winter jackets
- Beaded shirts
- Leather jackets and skirts
Brands that have been found in store:
- J Crew
- North Face
Snag: Problematic customer service
It seems that the most common reason for subpar reviews of this store is a lack of satisfactory customer service. Some shoppers have recalled accounts of being ignored.
A couple of visitors have expressed that they would have enjoyed the store a lot more if they had received better service.
However, many others have stated their thrifting experiences here as nothing short of pleasant. The staff has been described as friendly, attentive, and down to earth.
Snag: No refund/return policy
This is not something that is out of the ordinary, especially with vintage clothing stores. Just be sure that you’re happy with your purchase because there they do not accept any returns—all sales are final.
With the current pandemic, some stores have limited fitting room access for safety reasons. If this is the case, bring a handy measuring tape with you to ensure your buy will fit as you want.
Experimenting with different types of fits and styles is also one of the reasons why thrifting can be so exciting though!
Some final thoughts
Thrifting is not a simple task, especially for beginners. It can be quite a daunting process going through what feels like an endless field of color-coded racks.
But with a bit of patience, you might just find some incredible gems and score a fantastic bargain.
Backed by an everchanging inventory and a massive selection of pre-loved goodies, consider making L Train Vintage your next stop. Give yourself ample time to explore and remember to also check out their accessories near the mirrors!
On rainy days, or days when you don’t feel like making the trip, take a look at their Instagram page for their most up-to-date looks and fashion inspirations.
Frequently Asked Questions
– Are sales final sales?
Yes, all sales are final sales at L Train Vintage.
– What COVID safety measures does the store have in place currently?
Based on their online status, masks are currently required in-store. They are also limiting the trying on of clothing items in their dressing rooms.
– Is there parking?
There is street parking as well as bike parking.
– Is this store wheelchair accessible?
Yes, this store is wheelchair accessible.
– What type of payment does the store accept?
They accept Apple Pay, cash, and credit cards.
– Can I sell my used/vintage clothing here?
The store does not buy used clothing. It does not accept donations.
– Does L Train Vintage offer online shopping?
No, clothing from L Train Vintage can only be purchased in-store.
– Is there apparel for men and women?
Yes, L Train Vintage stocks clothing for men and women.
– Where are the other locations found?
See below for other L Train Vintage sister locations.
Source: L Train Vintage Website
Location and Directions
L Train Vintage
654 Sackett St
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Directions from Union St. subway Station
– Exit the subway station and head northeast on 4th Ave towards Union St
– Turn left onto Sackett St and L Train Vintage should be on your left
– The whole walk takes approximately 2 minutes