It’s my favorite day of the week! Brace yourselves for today’s #WardrobeWednesday - I’m talking thrift shops, 90’s revival and I’m also featuring Williamsburg’s own Arbor Vitae, your neighborhood thrift shop for affordable vintage clothing!
You see this breezy light brown floral maxi that I’m sporting? I’m head over heels in love with it! Hands down, it's my favorite summer dress and I was lucky enough to find it at Arbor Vitae, the amazing vintage store of Monika Sendrowska and her brother Luke Sendrowski!
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Originally from New Britain, CT, Monika began selling clothes to other thrift stores in the area to help her pay for college. After her initial success, Monika decided to transition to online retail and opened up Arbor Vitae (that’s “tree of life” in Latin for ya’) to sell vintage apparel on Etsy. Her online store is still up and running and to Monika’s surprise, her online endeavor turned out to be such a hit that she expanded her business to the Brooklyn Flea Market, where she currently sells every Saturday from 10:00am – 5:00pm at its 176 Ave. location.
Two months ago, Monika and Luke decided to take things to a whole new level and opened up a pop-up shop in Williamsburg, and that’s how I came to find this treasure of a dress, and tons of other high quality and affordable vintage pieces!
While talking for a bit with Monika, she explained that she wanted to cater her store to college students and young professionals who were looking to add vintage accessories to their wardrobe. Interestingly enough, 90’s inspired attire is really popular in NYC right now, so when Monika shops for pieces to add to her inventory, she focuses on 90’s revival, casual, flattering and comfortable finds.
In terms of pricing, Monika would rather ask herself what would she actually pay for an item and keep it reasonable for her clientele, she doesn’t believe in overpricing just for the sake of it – and this is one of the many, many great things about this little thrift store, wonderfully located in one of my favorite streets of the oh so lovely Williamsburg.