Thrintage Too: Unique Thrift

October 20, 2010


It's been a while since FADER style contributor Bethany Cosentino has crossed boroughs, counties and states to find us fine thrifted and vintage pieces for her column, Thrintage. These days she travels around not for FADER, but as the singer for a little band called Best Coast. Bethany: if you ever want to quit that gig and get a REAL job in the lucrative world of style journalism, Thrintage is always ready for you. Until then, FADER intern Naomi Zeichner will take the reins. This week, Naomi checked out Unique Thrift in the Bronx. Read her thoughts and peep the steals after the jump.


My forever-partner Maya just moved from Portland, OR back to her parents' apartment in the Bronx. From what I can tell, her little sister down the hall is living an NYC dream life. She spends a lot of time iChatting and has a deep purple room, electric guitar and iced coffee readymade in the fridge when she wakes up. The look she’s working for 2010 is a tribal stew of too-wide printed tees, Aztec nylon and capes. Their mom has a pretty amazing collection of casual sportswear to draw on, but most of her pieces are sourced from Unique Thrift in Kingsbridge. The store is huge, carpeted and neat. It’s got a sweet staff and a club card for committed family-shoppers. A lot of attention is paid to baby swag and home wares. But there’s gear for freakz too! My friends John Arthur and Caroline came along on my last trip to Unique. The old solider 1 train was offering atypically busted weekend service, so our trek was massive and we didn’t have time to deep-browse before the store’s Sunday early-close. So we did a Supermarket Sweep style shop challenge, trying to match items to character-stories we invented on the ride up.

“Freshman reading William Blake at Dalton (Drug Experiments)” and ‘Video Clerk Hottie”

“Medical Marijuana Harvest ‘Pot’luck” and “Bad Witch”

The rundown:

Not-Pucci romper: $4.99

Red and blue reversible long sleeve: $6.99
Pink LL Bean jeans: $6.99

Print dress: $6.99
Red canvas jacket: $6.99
Fringe kitten-clog: $9.99

Sheer black shirt: $5.99
Vest: $6.99
Leather skirt: $6.99

Unique Thrift
218 W 234th Street, Bronx, NY 10463
1 Train to 231st Street

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Thrintage Too: Unique Thrift