Routing Brooklyn’s New Vintage Shopping Experience

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The pop-up shop, the anticipatory sneaker “drop,” community rallies and shopping tours — all have origins in community. Vanessa Monsalve is a wardrobe stylist, curator and creator of the Ultimate NYC Vintage Shopping tour. One hundred tours later, Monsalve has carved out the two perfect routes in Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Greenpoint and Bushwick neighborhoods. Frequently rotating between selection as the top pick on Airbnb’s recommended experiences, she is just one familiar face of Brooklyn’s community of creatives embracing secondhand fashion. Providing a digital map of the surrounding area and tour route, personal styling consultation and discount incentives by store, Monsalve aims to give both veteran vintage shoppers and newcomers alike a taste of Brooklyn’s “hidden gems.” Mosalve’s Brooklyn shopping tour in Greenpoint.  Kaley Roshitsh/WWD “Vintage is a finite resource,” said Maresa Ponitch, owner and operator of Dusty Rose Vintage, first stop on the North Brooklyn Vintage Shopping tour. Ponitch has been buying vintage for nearly 30 years, a testament to her organized bins with labels such as “silk tops” or the quirkier, “goth witch noir mix.” Around 2004, Etsy and eBay were catering to what Ponitch calls “true vintage,” whereas today, she partially credits the craze (and muddled definitions of vintage) in secondhand shopping to teenagers

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