#secondhandfirst: thred up review
By now you probably all know how much I love vintage and thrift shopping. When it comes to any type of shopping, I'm old school and I prefer to do so in person rather than online. When it comes to second hand shopping, this is even more true because I like to inspect for imperfections, feel the fabric and try the clothes on for fit. A few months back, Thred Up gifted me with a credit so I could shop for some second hand finds. I scored 2 cardigans and 2 dresses (one of each I'm wearing in these photos). All of them were brand new and still had the tags on them! I decided to share some pros and cons of my experience with Thred Up in case you were ever curious about the app and how it works.
First, a little bit about the app if you're unfamiliar with it. Thred Up is an app and website where you can shop and sell second hand items.
Some things I liked:
Some things I didn't like:
Overall, I am happy with the pieces I scored from Thred Up. I think it's a great way to thrift shop if you prefer online shopping. I would definitely order from here again, but for the most part, I think I'll just stick to scouring the vintage and thrift stores here in NYC.
If you want to try Thred Up for yourself, you can get 20% off your first order when you sign up!
Dress and Cardigan: c/o Thred Up
Location: Odd Fellows (SoHo, Manhattan)
There are fewer things I love more than ice cream and vintage, so you can imagine why I love Brooklyn Farmacy so much because it combines both of those things in one. The space was formerly a Pharmacy dating back to the 1920's and was transformed into a soda fountain and ice cream parlor in 2010. The first time I visited was on my birthday in 2016. Now I stop in pretty frequently for a milkshake or a sundae. My favorite things to get are the "Any Day Sundae" with mint chocolate chip ice cream, the brownie sundae, or just a classic chocolate milkshake. They also have an amazing grilled cheese too!
Another thing I love about this place is that they are always super festive for every holiday. The windows are always decorated and they have a special menu with seasonal items. The drink I have here is "The First Kiss", which is cherry soda and vanilla ice cream, plus a little heart as the finishing touch.
If you're in Brooklyn, I definitely recommend checking this place out, it does not disappoint. It is located in the Caroll Garden's Neighborhood at 513 Henry Street.
Dress: Vintage; Shoes: Eastland Shoe; Headband: Lysande
Location: Brooklyn Farmacy (Caroll Gardens, Brooklyn)
Last Friday I found out that my favorite retro spot in Hoboken, Schnackenberg's Luncheonette, closed without any notice. I visited this place almost every week, whether that was to grab a doughnut before work or to sit and have a grilled cheese and milkshake on a Saturday afternoon. I shot a lot of photos for my Instagram and blog here as well. I'm upset I won't be able to enjoy their food or come here to take pictures anymore, but what makes me really sad is that a piece of history is going to be replaced by a trendy salad spot.
Schnackenberg's opened in 1931, so it was in business for 88 years. There have been a lot of articles in the past week about the closing of such an iconic Hoboken location. One article claimed "Schnackenberg's was from a different era and no longer fit in" and that a healthier eatery will be better received by Hoboken residents (even though there are plenty of juice bars and acai bowl places littered across the main street already).
Since Schnackenberg's is no more, I shot these photos at my local Johnny Rockets. While I still enjoy the vintage vibes of Johnny Rockets, it's just not the same as a local place like Schnackenberg's. And while Johnny Rocket's probably has a stronger chance of survival since it's a chain restaurant, it was still completely empty on a Sunday morning (prime brunch time in Hoboken). Moral of the story, we need to support old school eateries before they all become extinct.
If you'd like to shop my t shirt, you can find it here:
Tshirt: c/o One Round Jack
Cardigan: Kate Spade; Skirt: Vintage; Sneakers: Converse; Headband: American Apparel; Sunglasses: Hello Holiday
Location: Johnny Rockets (Hoboken, NJ)