In fashion conscious cities like New
York, people who cannot afford new designer fashions are turning to vintage
clothing stores. Here, shoppers can find previously owned designer label
clothing at discount prices. VOA's Nia Sutadi and Ade Astuti recently visited
one of the best-known vintage stores in New York, Cheap Jack's Vintage
Clothing, a place where savvy shoppers can find second hand fashion at a
reasonable price. Jim Bertel narrates.
nothing new at Cheap Jack's Vintage
Clothing. And yet for many fashion minded New Yorkers, there is nowhere
they would rather shop.
is vintage, vintage at least 30, 40 years old, we consider it vintage, if it is
10, 20 years old, it's too modern for the store, at least 1980s right now,"
Jack Markus, owner of Cheap Jack’s Vintage Clothing said.
Jack's is a New York landmark for more than 30 years. Customers from all walks
of life shop there in search of bargains and a unique look. The store also
boasts a large international clientele.
right now, the Europeans come in here, and Far East people come in here, cause
they always love American clothing … in Europe nothing survived because of
World War II, so they're looking for the old stuff [clothing]," Markus said.
fashions span more than a hundred years, making it the first stop for many
designers looking for inspiration. Markus knows his clothes and knows a real
vintage item when he sees it.
I can tell the dress, I can tell the fabric, it was very simple, up to the 70s
they didn't know how to mix the fabrics … so it's very easy to identify just by
touching it," Markus explained.
clothing stores are about more than just retro fashion. Many feature second
hand designer items that are not old at all. No matter what your taste, retail
experts say vintage clothing stores offer budget conscience shoppers a way to
look chic without breaking the bank.