Weekend Visit: Front General Store
It’s been sooooooo longgggggg. It has come to my attention that I have been abandoning my blog (I have been literally busy working and studying for the past few months), so here I am! Reactivating my blog!
Credits to Time Out New York last week, I found this amazing vintage store in Dumbo.
What? Vintage store? That’s ratchet! But wait a minute, if you ever think vintage stores are like thrift shops, then you are wrong! Because they are totally different stores. Unlike thrift shops, vintage stores resell worn/unworn clothing of rare and nice well-kept quality fabrics, such as leather and wool. These vintage clothes are from a variety of brands around the world, such as Schott, and brandless clothes from Europe and UK. On the other hand, thrift shops resell clothing that are donated to charity by individuals. So clothing in vintage stores have a higher value because they are limited in quantity, and are, duh, old. The older they are, the more expensive they get!
So I found myself at this incredible vintage store in Dumbo own by young Japanese fashionistas called Front General Store. Just like a general store, it sells everything from vintage clothing to keychains, from scissors (but really cool and old fashion ones) to glasses. I’ve always wanted to find one of these vintage shops in New York after I totally fell in love with the ones in Tokyo. In Tokyo, you see vintage shops like you see Starbucks in New York. And I have to give credits to Japanese people, because they really know how to keep every piece of their clothing in new condition regardless of the brand and price! Go green!
I am a fan of these round glasses because they are just so classic!
You can never go wrong shopping in a vintage store when you hear a 60 year old guy yelled: “I used to have one of these leather motorcycle jackets when I was in my 20s!”
Of course, vintage clothing can get pricy. A leather Schott jacket can cost up to $700-$800. These jackets are time travelers, for they were worn a few decades ago but got renewed before coming to the 21st Century. In Front General Store, you can also find super classic sweaters made of cashmere or wool of cheap prices.
As a general store, Front General Store has general supplies (in a vintage style, of course), from pins to mason jars, and from lighters from the Vietnam War to pocket watches, all in reasonable prices.
Front General Store has a wide selection of shoe styles, mostly in leather. My favorite ones are their bluchers. Most of them are well-kept and are only slightly worn, having the style from the 70s you can’t find anywhere else except in here (yes, not even your parents’ attics). The slightly worn away heels and the creased leather gives the old, classic but yet to be shabby look to these shoes.
Next time, I will show off a few pieces I bought here at Front General Store.
À plus tard!
Where to buy
Front General Store
143 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201