Chock-full of the homey (wool blankets), the necessary (frying pans) and the endearingly random (Lithuanian handstitched leather key covers), this sunny mom-and-pop is the kind of shop we wish we could live in.
75 S. Sixth St., 718-388-8642, brook
Founded in 2008 by a pair of enterprising Brooklynites, this multi-venue flea is a top destination for tourists and locals alike. There’s a tight curation of antiques dealers, handmade goods, and an array of local food vendors. For dedicated gastronomes, however, the all-food Smorgasburg market is a must-visit. The panoply of local fare includes Red Hook Lobster Pound's buttery rolls and irresistible doughnuts from Bed-Stuy's own Dough. Multiple locations, brooklynflea.com
We love the consistent selection of Tulle, BB Dakota and Ark & Co., plus the well-edited racks of feminine cocktail dresses and ladylike work pieces. And it's all presented in appealing, antique-inspired Victorian decor.
150 Franklin St., 718-389-4049,
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Alec Stuart and Celeste Wright kept the original signage at this gorgeously renovated, ash-wood-accented former dry cleaner, but replaced the washing machines with A.P.C., Rachel Comey and Rag
85 Lafayette Ave., 718-797-0011, frenchgarmentcleaners.com
If you had a chic Parisian grandmother — particularly one whose past lives included a stint at the Moulin Rouge — this is what her closet might look like: leopard-print handbags, suede pumps, frilly nighties and brightly colored silk dresses from the 1960s.
197 Grand St., 718-599-3525, legrandstrip.com
Restored maple tables, sturdy wood hutches and old-school file cabinets (all expertly refurbished in a nearby workshop) are used to display quirky smaller items like vintage stained-glass light fixtures and table linens.
62 Grand St., 718-388-1121, moonriverchattel.com
It makes sense that shop owner Perry Gargano once created exhibits for the Museum of Natural History. His sculptural, nature-inspired jewelry—like a sterling silver hummingbird skull pendant necklace—manages to blend animal imagery with Brothers Grimm creepiness.
242 Grand St., perrygargano.com
Eric Famisan and Sarah Ryhanen's hand-cut olive-oil-based soaps are sold worldwide, but only at their freestanding, secret garden-esque Red Hook shop can you scoop them up along with Ryhanen's impossibly gorgeous seasonal floral bouquets.
147 Van Dyke St., 718-624-2929, saipua.com
The James Dean brand of rugged, white-T-shirted Americana is repackaged in the form of this casual clothing-and-lifestyle shop that sells vintage motorcycles alongside tried-and-true Pendleton geo-print cardigans, Billykirk leather bags and The Hill-Side scarves.
225 Smith St., 718-855-4295, smithbutler.com
One's a veritable Everest of vintage textiles, composed of floral bedsheets, embroidered curtains, midcentury American flags and burlap sacks. The other houses more cool '70s logo tees than Keith Richards' closet.
285 N. Sixth St., 718-486-9482