Soho meet Hartsdale with new Uncommon Threads Store

Soho meet Hartsdale with new Uncommon Threads Store

Uncommon Threads opened its doors December 1, 2012 as a new Vintage Clothing and Antiques store located at 12 N. Central Avenue, Hartsdale, New York. Phone: 914-458-6568.

I dropped by the store with the unusual name and spoke with the Manager, Charlene to find out a little more about how she decided to open in Hartsdale and a little about her background and what the store has to offer!  

When you walk into the store, you think “Soho” meets Westchester County. The main floor has the Vintage Clothes, with a variety of clothes, jewelry, shoes and handbags. Charlene said that she had been collecting Vintage clothes for years, and her friends actually suggested she open a store; rather than just wear them and give them away. That combined with the fact that her mother-in-law encouraged her and thought it could be combined with her interest in having an antique store spearheaded the thought process a few years ago.

Charlene loves going to the textile houses and rag houses downtown and looking through all of the bins, crates, and boxes looking at recycled clothing from around the world. She has developed a good eye for that “hidden treasure”.  She also has friends that work for several of the designer shops who let her know when a “one of a kind” dress or other designer item is something she can have. Right now she had a one of a kind Donna Karan dress that she had made, but never worn. It is sitting on a mannequin at the front of the store.  She looks for items that are innovative and different but reflect some of the fashions of today.  She favors the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s and retro looks, although she does have contacts in the city who have come up with some 70’s and 80’s designer room samples.

Charlene said that in the spring, she will have offering someone who will be able to help reconstruct any dress that someone may like, but may not just fit right or want it designed a little differently.  If you do see something you like, however, now, there is always Gangemi Tailors (that I’ve used forever) right around the corner on E. Hartsdale Avenue.

Just when I was finishing speaking with Charlene, her mother-in-law came in and I had the pleasure of being introduced to her small antique room downstairs. She was also enthusiastic about opening her store in Hartsdale. She said that this room was just a sample of antiques and had a 3,000 square foot warehouse with many other items. For such a small space, she certainly had some unusual items to see. Among them were a 1900 Real Chinese Food cart, and African birthing chair (that she said people can use for bad backs), signed chinese mud figurines, and 200 year old antique ink and letter holder and a 3 tier cake box!  She is hoping to build a following of antique collectors.  If someone comes in a requests an item, she can draw on some of them from her warehouse and email a picture before they see it in person.

Don’t fret though if you are thinking everything is “high priced”. There is something for every price point, with some smaller priced “not so old” items to the higher end items, and these, I found, were sold at less than you would find in the city. This is also true on the Vintage clothes side, with a 50’s type jacket I actually saw for $20, up to the one of a kind Donna Karan.

This is NOT a consignment shop, but a well thought out store where the owners take pride in what they have to offer.

Parking on the corner of Central is not easy, but you can park across the street behind Duane Reed, or there is a municipal lot right off the corner of E. Hartsdale Avenue.

Drop by and welcome Charlene and her “mother in law”, to the neighborhood. Tell them that Barbara sent you! You might just find something really unique. Be sure to visit their Facebook page for Uncommon Threads where you can see pictures of some of the shoes, dresses and other items in the store.

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Phone: 914-804-3048
Dated: February 6th 2013
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About Thomas: I got into real estate sales by accident in 2006. At the time, I recently earned a Bachelor's Degre...

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