Mon-Thu, 1pm-8pm; Fri, 1pm-9pm; Sat, noon-9pm; Sun, noon-8pm
L at First Ave.
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More thrift than precious vintage, this no-nonsense East Village shop makes up for its lack of décor and ambience with its vast inventory of well-organized blue-collar basics and cheap prices. No Relation Vintage sells unwashed, used clothing principally from the seventies and eighties, plus accessories like sixties jewelry and sunglasses, in the kind of thrift-store setting you are more likely to find in the Midwest. The family-run business, which regularly ships containers of clothing from rag warehouses in Texas, Oklahoma, and Florida, draws a bargain-hungry clientele consisting mostly of downtown starving-artist types who scour the racks for fedoras, Cosby sweaters, and random tees touting small-town Little League teams and local businesses. The varied inventory also includes wacky patterned polyester button-ups and cotton plaid shirts, leather jackets, old-school windbreakers, mid-century dresses, and eighties handbags. And there’s a collection of men’s loafers, cowboy boots, and contemporary footwear like Ann Taylor women’s pumps and classic Chuck Taylors.