Everything here is cheep and cool--a deep groove between vintage and new. If you like gag gifts or are in the market for a little something for your hard-to-buy-for friend, you will find it here, all with a low price tag. Reminiscence carries a nice selection of inexpensive vintage items along with new vintage inspired items, which explains why they are packed around Halloween.
Discover intriguing items from sterling silver jewelry to plastic fangs. Anyone who grew up between the 50s and 70s will be blasted into the past with unforgettable memorabilia.
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Monday - Saturday: 11am - 7pm | Sunday: closed
N, R, 6, 5 trains at 14th Street (Union Square)
subway walking directions
Walk 1 block west on 14th Street to Fifth Avenue; walk left 1/2 block down Fifth Avenue; located on the west side of the block.
Fresh, funky, fun, but never tasteless, Reminiscence has more to offer than your typical vintage store. Full of good vibes and old-fashioned surprises, the shop sells an eccentric array of clothing, accessories, gifts, and knick-knacks. Some items date as far back as the 1930s, while others, like toys and gag gifts, are contemporary with a retro twist.
Reminiscence is basically vintage itself. Owner Stewart Richer first opened the store in 1975 on McDougal Street, where he sold surplus army clothing and accessories from the 40s that he had collected. Though its merchandise and location have changed, Reminiscence still carries its own line of early 20th century army and factory inspired clothing, with knee-length convertible biker jackets and full-body jumpers, made of 100% cotton.
All other clothing makes up a colorful and eclectic collection of apparel ranging 25 years or older, and fitting for any customer. Animal printed platform shoes, wedding dresses and tutus, quirky hats, and vests and ties are sure to keep costumers and collectors happy; but sterling silver jewelry, 40s floral dresses, and 80s knit sweaters are also cater to everyday wear. In the summer, 90s maxi dresses are a hit, while "ugly Christmas sweaters" are a hot commodity in the winter.
Novelties mix the modern and the traditional, often with a spunky humor. Hawaiian shirts, colorful wigs, lava lamps, drinking paraphernalia, and even classic toys like Rubik's cubes, Slinkys, and sock monkeys are just a few picks from the grand selection. No matter what your style or age, Reminiscence has a little something for everybody.