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Walking into this street-level boutique is like stepping into an old family rec room, complete with its “let’s all hang out” arrangement of once-valueless/now-coveted vintage furniture and clothing. Further compounding Tahir’s laissez-faire ambiance is its ebullient proprietress, Arianna Adele, who greets patrons as if they were entering her home (indeed, her mother still owns a second-hand shop in Adele’s hometown of Boston). An FIT graduate who worked in corporate fashion before opening this store in 2004, Adele handpicks her stock from thrift stores, estate sales, and wholesalers around the country. Affordable vintage is the name of the game at Tahir (which is Arabic for “pure”), but what really sets the shop apart from countless East Village thrifts is its old-meets-new mixture of fifties, sixties, and seventies apparel and unique, contemporary merchandise by local designers. A few Victorian pieces are even thrown into the stew. Tahir carries some men’s clothes, but the emphasis is really on the ladies, whether they’re looking for floral fifties housedresses, nylon disco shirts, or silver lace-up go-go boots.