There’s nothing better than a vintage boutique owned and run by family with more than twenty years under their belt dealing with what’s in, what’s out, and what’s come back around. A lot of the times, vintage shops are run by twenty-somethings who may dress according to the role of the too-cool-for-school. Furthermore, their snobbish demeanors can sometimes make it even a bit frightening to ask questions. But how much do they really know about what they are selling? You need not worry about that at Second Chance. Ask them anything, and the staff at this boutique will grace you with patience – and best of all, a smile, not a smirk. Oh – and to boot, the prices are so outstanding you’ll have to check tags twice to be sure.
Second Chance, which is aptly on the second floor of a building, is in such a tiny space, you’d be surprised how many bargains are crammed inside of it. Not to mention, the inventory is arranged neatly and just about every article is in absolute mint condition. No need for rummaging here – it’s easy to sift through this shoebox of bargains.
Let’s talk price and brands. The shoes I checked out started typically at about $150, while handbags ranged in the $100’s. Nowadays, that is par for brand names, but the store also carries some higher-end items like a Michael Kors tote for $200. Lots of friends of mine seem to rage about their plethora of Chanel and Louis Vuitton items (including luggage). While I myself am not a lover of either, it’s certainly worth mentioning for those of you who are. You’ll also find Tiffany, Burberry, D & G and more.
At the time I was there, the boutique was holding a deal that if you bought one item of clothing you get the second article 50% off. I was tempted to buy a Fendi bag ($100) just to snag the deal but decided against it on account of rent arrears (UGH!). There were also a slew of half-off items marked by an “X” on their tags, but these items were amongst the most expensive (i.e. a second hand suit for $400) Sizes typically run from 0-8, which is perfect for my petite figure, but if those sizes don’t suit you, I’d suggest shopping elsewhere.
If you’re sick of the same old, same old when it comes to vintage shop-hopping in NYC, give it another go by visiting Second Chance. It’s a practical guarantee you’ll find something you like. Oh- by the way, don’t be alarmed when the staff buzzes you in as you stand outside the storefront before you even knock. While it’s a little creepy, it’s certainly a clever way to get you to head on in.