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A-Rummaging We Will Go

Three out-of-town vintage gold mines.


Buy a prom or wedding dress at Mill Crest Vintage in Lambertville, New Jersey.  

East End Long Island
Known more for its high-end boutiques and antiques shops, the East End also possesses some vintage-shopping gems. For those who don’t mind sifting, Out of the Closet in Bridgehampton (631-537-2470) is a rambling house filled with fifties prom dresses, rhinestone jewelry, perfectly worn T-shirts, and designer gowns. Across the street, Barbara Trujillo’s section within Bridgehampton Antiques (631-537-3838) has an extensive collection of vintage turquoise belt buckles and Lucite and Bakelite jewelry. Open only in the spring and summer, newcomer Nikki Eve (631-728-6516) in Sag Harbor specializes in seventies glam designers like Mary Quant, Ossie Clark, and Zandra Rhodes. Consigner Collette ( has multiple shops throughout the Hamptons selling barely worn Chanel bags and last season’s Prada.

Greenwich, Connecticut
Even the recession-resistant residents of Greenwich have had a rough time of things the last few years—a steady boon for the area’s consignment stores. Hidden in a parking lot, Consigned Couture (203-869-7795) has a room dedicated to furs and racks of Chanel, Dior, and YSL. Local socialites and designers donate their gently used items to the Greenwich Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop (203-863-3933), where the bargains draw huge crowds at the semi-annual sale. In-the-know locals spin by Second Time Around (203-422-2808) for Lilly Pulitzer dresses and Ralph Lauren cashmere sweaters. Mint (203-532-0200) in nearby Byram has party dresses for children, teens, and grown-ups in a pretty, boutiquelike space.

New Hope, Pennsylvania
Don’t be fooled by all the tie-dye and wind chimes—the residents of sister towns New Hope, Pennsylvania, and Lambertville, New Jersey, are trained assassins when it comes to hunting down antiques. Subterranean shop Night Bird (215-862-1902) keeps the bohemian vibe alive with bell-bottoms and dashikis, but it also has a solid selection of vintage Levi’s and T-shirts. Aspiring and professional designers find inspiration at Mill Crest Vintage (603-397-4700), where you can buy a prom or wedding dress from the twenties to the nineties. Three days a week, rain or shine, flea addicts gather along the Delaware River to rummage around the Golden Nugget Antique Flea Market (609-397-0811) for accessories such as walking sticks, top hats, and costume jewelry. Sundays have the best selection—bring cash!


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