If you’ve been browsing Troutman Street lately, you’ve probably seen a new store door open: Other people’s clothes – OPC for short. It opened earlier this month and it’s the second location within walking distance with the name – there’s one in Ridgewood that’s been in operation since 2020. Both stores look like nice open spaces; full of good vibes, and, well, other people’s clothes.
Owners Christine Costello, Pat Noecker and Jane Herships are no strangers to the buy, sell and trade game. Their journey to OPC began with a boutique Costello and Noecker owned in Ridgewood called Feels, which opened in 2018 and closed a few years later. It was a small shop filled with vintage clothing, artwork, and other accessories. It was “really exciting,” Costello says now. “We met a lot of people in the neighborhood, [but] there is one thing that kept happening… Everyone was asking if they could sell. And I was like, ‘Ah, okay.’ And it was a year of that.
Costello and Noecker tried to do it a bit at Feels – “I come from a background of buying, selling and trading, I worked for Beacon’s Closet for 13 years,” says Costello. The space at Feels was small, however. The operation of a purchase, sale, trade requires “space and personnel”. This brought Costello into contact with Herships, which ran a booth in Brooklyn Flea under the name “Other People’s Clothes”. Now they are here.
“We’d like you to help us…but we’re going to have to take your name.” It’s a little too good. said Costello. Now she says her business in Ridgewood rivals more established vintage names like Beacon’s Closet or L Train Vintage. “It’s cool to be part of this group,” she says.
Moving to Bushwick was also a big deal.
“Bushwick was really that next frontier,” she says. “You see all the trends in full force…Bushwick is his own destination, and as a business owner, that’s exciting.”
Unlike many other “buy, sell, trade” stores, Costello says OPC has a mission.
“When you ask [someone] what their sell-to-buy, sell, trade experience is like in New York, it’s usually pretty intimidating, or it’s like a cool kids’ club,” she says. Per Costello, this is not the case in the two stores she runs.
On a regular day, a vegan leather bag — from Canadian brand Matt and Nat — can be found for around $20. Prada wedges are $50. Both stores regularly post new items for sale on their stories feature. instagram accounts. Costello says, “If you’re from this neighborhood, regardless of your income level, you can walk in here and buy something for $7.98.
“We aim to be a truly inclusive store,” she adds. “There’s no brand we absolutely say no to and no size we say no to.”
OPC Bushwick is located at 333 Troutman Street and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Their Ridgewood location is at 885 Woodward Avenue and it’s open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Both also sell things directly on Instagram.
All photos are from the OPC’s Instagram accounts.
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