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Beacon's Closet - 29 Reviews - 88 N 11th St, Brooklyn, NY - Retail Shopping Reviews - Phone (718) 486-0816 - page 2

Beacon's Closet

88 N 11th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 486-0816
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Beacon's Closet is a clothing exchange store. They selectively buy, sell, and trade used clothing and accessories, from, to, and with the public, on a walk-in basis. Beacon's Clos...


I have ventured into Beacon's Closet a few times. As an authority in vintage clothing (I have made attempts at my own internet vintage clothing business), I would say that the q...

What a trip 9/18/2005

Beacon's Closet is just a place you have to see to understand - prices for the vintage clothing are reasonable but it is the truly amazing atmosphere that makes it distinct. The music, the attitude and the funkiness of the clothing selection are just something to behold even if you are not really looking for anything specific, you will see something to purchase. Even guys can find decent clothes at good prices - my wife always does very well there, which makes sense as the woman's clothing section is much larger. If you are looking for cash to sell your clothing, this may not be the place as they don't take too much and do not pay out a lot - you are way better with clothing credit if you are going to but stuff there anyway. more

At first... 9/9/2005

I thought that BC was the best-- a rare reasonably priced resale shop with good selection. I'm over it. If you're selling, they're snobby, but they will go ahead and donate the stuff they don't want, which is useful since donating clothes can actually be kind of difficult here... there are some good finds, but also a lot of H&M clothes from last season priced at probably more than they were at H&M. I appreciate what they're doing, I just wish they could do it with less 'tude. more

hipster vintage clothing store 9/1/2005

I have found that this store is a lot cooler in theory than in reality. They have a ton of stuff, but most of it isn't even vintage--it's just recent stuff from mainstream chain stores like the Gap. It's really tiring sorting through all the racks, and it's especially hard to do that on weekends since the store gets really crowded and there is hardly any space to move between the racks. Most of the clothing is for women--there is a much smaller men's room too, but it seems to mostly contain stuff that is too large for the tight-clothes-loving hipster boys in the area. more

Trendy Northside Thrift Shop 8/18/2005

Beacon's Closet is somewhere between the Goodwill store and a trendy hipster boutique. It's a great place to take your clothes when you clean out your closet because they'll pay you cash (a little bit) or store credit (a little more) for the few items that are cool enough to grace their clothes racks. They will donate the rest to charity for you. On certain days everything with a chosen color tag will be half off and you can really find some deals. For the non-half-price items, it can be expensive, especially for used clothing. FYI, men's and women's jeans are not separated and all are kept in the women's section. more

Too Cool for School 8/13/2005

I have ventured into Beacon's Closet a few times. As an authority in vintage clothing (I have made attempts at my own internet vintage clothing business), I would say that the quality of "vintage" here leaves a lot to be desired. What isn't current "ultramodern" clothing is dingy, poor quality clothing. While I cannot dispute that one might find a piece of good vintage here and there, Beacon's Closet is quickly becoming an overpriced Salvation Army. And at least Salvation Army has better 50% off days. If you are looking for plus sizes, you won't find ANY here, and yes, I know it's Williamsburg, but one would think they wouldn't overlook over 1/2 the women in the country. In general, the prices are better than the other vintage stores in the area, but the quality of vintage threads is much worse. more

Hipster thrift 8/5/2005

Where once used clothing could be had for pennies on the dollar, now they can be bought for more than new prices. The store is much bigger after the move, more selection and a bigger buying area for all your vintage goods. People come from all over to buy this stuff. Thanks to all stores like this for cleaning out thrift stores of the good stuff. more

Beacon's Closet 7/28/2005

Great vintage or gently used clothing traded in from the artsy community of Williamsburg. Selection is vast and you must sift through it to find a great deal. The buyers make sure to keep the store well stocked with the latest trends and hipster gear. You can also sell your clothing there to get a store credit or cash. If the store does not take your clothing then you can also leave it there to be donated. Its a nifty store where I always find a great buy. Although the prices seem to be getting higher and the personal snobbier, it is still worth a visit if you are a thrift store junkie. more

Good Finds 5/3/2005

Yes, it can be crowded and it can sometimes take a while to get through the racks, but that's because there's so much cool stuff. The last time I was there, my friend found a Marc by Marc Jacobs mini there, she said it was from this season, and a pair of kick ass vintage knee high boots for about 20 bucks. I found a vintage Penguin and a Paul Smith tee. I've always found the racks packed. Go on a weekday if possible, weekends are a little busy. Bonus . . . the employees are all totally hot. more

Cool secondhand clothes, to buy or sell 4/22/2005

Beacon's Closet is rather overwhelming when you first walk in—this warehouse-sized used-clothes emporium is like mecca for the secondhand set. If your old clothes are hip (and seasonal) enough, you can sell them for store credit (or cash, but you don’t get as much), and go crazy buying more. Because this is Williamsburg, there’s a lot of cool stuff, but because this is Williamsburg, it’s pretty well picked over. The skirts and dresses section is poorly lit and kind of annoying to sort through, and the men’s section is pretty inadequate, but this still represents the best of the best, thrift-store-find-wise, that Williamsburg has to offer, and they don’t try to rip you off as many “vintage” places do. There’s also a second location in Park Slope. more
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