Mon-Sat, noon-8pm; Sun, 1pm-7pm
6 at Bleecker St.; B, D, F, M at Broadway-Lafayette St.; 6 at Astor Pl.
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Long a favorite of designers and wardrobe stylists, Screaming Mimi’s is one of the funkiest downtown destinations for affordable, well-preserved vintage clothing. With innovative window displays and a bright, colorful interior, owner Laura Wills’ boutique could almost be mistaken for a smaller, slightly twisted branch of Barney’s Coop. Attentive, smartly-dressed sales associates help shoppers navigate the racks to find a Quiana shirt to go with their Saturday Night Fever leisure suit, or try on some kicky, kitten heels for a vintage prom dress. Most of the store’s items are classic casual wear from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, although a back balcony area displays collector’s designer pieces from names like Courreges, Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga.