The Best Vintage & Thrift Furniture Stores in Brooklyn
When you type “Brooklyn Vintage Furniture Stores” into Google it comes up with way too many options. I searched (painstakingly) through every neighborhood to find many of these so-called “furniture” stores had barely any furniture at all. I even stumbled upon a few that were permanently closed – not sure of the last time Google was updated.
New York City is full of independent, non-profit, and corporate thrift shops. Brooklyn, specifically, encompasses some of the most characteristic boutiques and vintage warehouses that carry truly one-of-a-kind items.
So, setting Google aside, I put together a compact list of the vintage furniture shops in Brooklyn that will give you the best chance of finding beautiful and original items without overpaying for that vintage feel.
Mother of Junk
567 Driggs Ave 11211
Mother of Junk is quite literally the Motherload of thrift furniture. This is like a salvage yard of retro relics. Piled warehouse style, this store has aisles and aisles of dressers, chairs, lamps, rugs, bookcases – you name it. They even have a large selection of vintage records. Prices are very cheap considering the size of a lot of this furniture. They may not be in perfect condition, but a lot of the blemishes are minor and can be easily fixed with a little love.
Favorite Find: This huge wingback armchair for $25!!
Copper + Plaid
655 Manhattan Ave 11222
Copper + Plaid is a boutique style selection of well-curated mid-century pieces. Erica, the owner, hand-picks all furniture with the strongest aesthetic and originality. Choosing quality over quantity, this store is small but new furniture arrives almost daily and the pieces are in near-perfect-to-perfect condition. A neighborhood favorite, this store is a great place to start your search for comfortable and beautiful pieces. Also, important to note, they will spruce up any furniture item before they deliver it (fix tears, scratches, etc.) and deliver anywhere in Brooklyn for only $15!
Favorite Find: These pair of mid-century recliner chairs that are apparently “built like rocks.” – Erica’s words. They were $450 each.
Dobbin St. Vintage Co-op
37 Norman Ave 11222
A ten minute walk from Copper + Plaid is Dobbin St. Vintage – a laid-back mix of retro style vintage furniture and clothing. The store is full of colorful accent pieces and one-of-kind finds. The quality is excellent, and the prices are very fair. Cozy couches, posters of succulents, and velvet armchairs await you here. This store has two other locations, both in Bushwick. I definitely recommend visiting all three as they all have beautiful pieces to offer and a great atmosphere that hits you as soon as you walk in.
Favorite Find: Some combination of this blue chair ($195) and ottoman ($50)
Also, not furniture but I bought this coat for $65, couldn’t resist
Neighborhood: Carroll Gardens
428 Court St 11231
This is my neighborhood thrift store. I live around the corner from this shop and I can tell you it’s a neighborhood treasure. Beautiful pieces of furniture, antiques, and clothing all for a price that doesn’t break the bank. I walk past this shop on my way home from the train station each day and normally stop to see the new pieces they brought in (new pieces arrive everyday) and they always have a lovely display out front. The furniture here is neat and organized but still has a wonderful thrifty atmosphere. Most pieces are finished and in very good condition.
Favorite Find: This four-piece vintage luggage set for $75!
387 Bushwick Ave 11206
Anytime a Brooklynite finds a new thrift store they compare it back to Reuse America. This vintage warehouse brings in a new truck of furniture every day. The staff here are very helpful – if you are looking for something specific just ask, they might have something in their two storage warehouses that could be of interest to you. The furniture here comes in all states, but the prices are very reasonable. They have an entire backroom dedicated to all kinds of chairs. I’ve found retro TVs, grandfather clock bookcases (think about that), and electric guitars here. This place cannot be missed.
Favorite Find: This luscious armchair for $150
Also bought this picture with the frame for $25
One Stop Shop
1113 Broadway 11221
Another warehouse style thrift shop but less crowded than Mother of Junk. Not as huge but still a very large collection of furniture; tables, bookcases chairs, etc. Many of the pieces out front and near the entrance are good as new. There was a row of beautiful antique dressers outside the store and the most expensive of the batch was only $170! Amazing when you consider that the original retail price was somewhere north of $500. The owners are very friendly and helpful, and the pieces are generally in good condition with few to no blemishes.
Favorite Find: This cute little bench for $75. Not sure why Bart Simpson is on it but that’s the nature of thrift stores.
Green Village Used Furniture and Clothing
276 Starr St 11237
This warehouse is full of not just vintage items but actual antiques; huge chests, hand painted armoires, and grandfather clocks. Anything you need, they will have it somewhere. They even deliver. Like the name says, they sell used furniture and clothing, but I would suggest you just come for the furniture. Though there is a huge pile of purses in the corner aisle you might want to dig through.
Favorite Find: This pair of hand painted nightstands – two for $60
Neighborhood: Boerum Hill
351 Atlantic Ave 11217
Admittedly more on the pricey side but hear me out. This place is 5 FLOORS of beautiful mid-century and antique furniture. There are just so many options in this 65,000 sq ft space. It’s also been around for a very long time – established in 1962. Some things are overpriced, I admit, but there are many pieces that are astoundingly affordable. Will you find an iron bar stool for $900? Yes. But will you also find a velvet ottoman for $105? Yes. You just gotta dig. Even if you aren’t looking to make a purchase here, it is still worth walking through mostly because it is so much fun to search. Not to mention it’s a beautiful piece of Brooklyn’s history.
Favorite Find: This gorgeous blush velvet couch that was destined for auction
I hope this helped narrow down your search for some eco-friendly thrift store furniture that will add some thoughtful character to your home.
I stayed away from large chain stores in this article because I wanted to explore the local neighborhood thrift shop options that go overlooked but have a lot to offer. Though one chain I would look out for in addition to the stores on this list is Housing Works: a non-profit fighting against AIDS and homelessness. I’ve always had good luck finding furniture there and they are extremely affordable. They are all over the city and offer membership programs. When you join, you get 20% off any purchase from any location every Sunday.
Thanks for reading!
If you live in Brooklyn and have a neighborhood thrift store you feel should have been included, I’d really love to hear about it. Happy hunting!