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Best Thrift Shop

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Domseys Warehouse Outlet
431 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn
718-384-6000

Most seasoned garment hunters know the difference between vintage clothes and used clothes. A vintage shop will sell a great shirt from a bygone era for the same price (or more) as the shirts on the sale rack at Barneys. A basic thrift store will sell the same shirt for chump change. Hello? Do vintage buffs realize that the clothes are used? That someone probably slept in it, splashed it with condiments, or used it to nurse a pug back from the brink of death? Domseys Warehouse, a 35,000-square-foot behemoth, understands that vintage means something different for clothes than for wine. Somewhere in the sea of 350,000 garments there is a slick blue Starsky and Hutch leather jacket or a shimmering green blazer. The multilingual staff is especially friendly (which is more than can be said for some of the Manhattan shops) and will happily lead the savvy shopper on the spree of his or her dreams.

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