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Best Bets: Week of April 6, 2015

Ask a Shop Clerk
Tiffany McCrary just opened the subterranean $10 Vintage Shop in Bushwick. (By appointment at 16 Cypress Ave.; 404-263-8550.)

Illustration by Murphy Lippincott  

So this is like a dollar store for vintage?
This new showroom is in my workspace, in an underground art studio. Since I have basically no overhead, I can afford to charge $10 for a 1980s Gucci cross-body with a pigskin lining and a Dior blazer and a denim Levi’s jacket with the collar all shredded. If I come across it in my travels, I grab it. But it’s not your typical dollar-store experience. I set out vintage trays with Japanese Hibiki bourbon and a hookah, and I play Tina Turner and the Doors on the record player.

Side by Side
Two new women’s shops, each run by a pair of sisters.

Sam & Lex
860 Lexington Ave.
Big sis: Alex: University of Colorado 2011, ex–sales director for Shashi Jewelry.
Little sis: Sam: University of Colorado 2012, ex–personal-shopping assistant at Bergdorf.
Inspiration: UES 20-somethings seeking a department-store alternative.
Vibe: Blue Paloma Silk loungewear ($308) and Mara Hoffman knits ($225); sheepskin throws.
Celebrity inspiration: Blake Lively.

William Okpo
6 Fulton St., April 10
Big sis: Darlene: African-American studies and women’s history at Lehman.
Little sis: Lizzy: Business at Pace, former Opening Ceremony and Nylon intern.
Inspiration: Their Staten Island school uniforms and ’90s R&B groups like TLC.
Vibe: Pleated crop-tops ($155) and eyelet flare pants ($315), surrounded by warm wood and air plants.
Celebrity inspiration: Solange Knowles.

How to Puff a Pocket Square
Three tips from Allyson Wicha Lewis of the Tie Bar, popping up at 250 Mott Street through June.

Illustration by Jason Lee  

1. Lay it flat: Smooth the patterned side faceup on the table.
2. Pull it through: Pinch up the center of the square. Make a napkin-ring loop with your other forefinger and thumb; thread the square through. Flip its tips back up a third of the way.
3. Blouse it: Plop the square into your breast pocket, and flick to puff.

2x2: Acrylic Tables
Going clear.

Neutral: Akbar table, $3,080 at Donghia, 979 Third Ave., Ste. 700.
Colorful: Kartell Max-Beam table, $360 at

Neutral: Agra table, $2,668 at Plexi-Craft, 30-02 48th Ave., Long Island City.
Colorful: Sledge acrylic table, $14,000 at

From uptown to the outer-boroughs, from sectional couches to sneakers, the city is in the midst of an outlet renaissance.

Eighty percent off bra-size bikinis at the three-month-old Malia Mills Outlet in Cobble Hill (375 Atlantic Ave.).

From 20 percent off Hyperdunks at the just-opened Nike Factory Store in Flushing (4024 College Point Blvd.).

Fifty percent off Alexis Bittar and Michael Kors at the five-month-old Neiman Marcus Last Call in Brooklyn Heights (210 Joralemon St.).

Seventy percent off Bonn bar stools at year-old BoConcept Outlet in Flushing (136-20 38th Ave.).

Twenty percent off Noguchi coffee tables at the Design Within Reach Outlet, opening in April in Industry City (219 36th St.).

Discounts TBD on Calvin Klein blazers and Aqua metallic jumpsuits at the Bloomingdale’s Outlet (2085 Broadway), coming in fall.

Top Five
The new Bushwick Flea, at the corner of Wyckoff and Willoughby Avenues, is a 35-vendor alternative to the flea stalls in Williamsburg and Fort Greene. Here, founder (and vendor) Rob Abner on a few highlights.

“I sell a ton of Royal and Remington typewriters (from $100) from the early 1900s. I know how to clean them when the keys are sticky, so they’re all in working condition.”

“This antique pine tool chest ($600) dates back to the late 1800s. Rustic Roots, out of Newburgh, sandblasts and clear-coats vintage trunks, and this one is coffee-table size.”

NicFit Vintage carries your standard polyester 1970s sundresses, but their specialty is vintage band T-shirts. This Madonna T-shirt ($90) is for her 1992 album Erotica.

“This is an overdyed Turkish rug from Orientalist Home ($500). They are based in Manhattan and specialize in antique rugs from Persia and Uzbekistan, plus pillows.”

Superette Cold Brew is a brand-new soda company out of Bushwick. They make a caffeinated drink ($4) using bases like hibiscus and ginger root.”