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Best shopping deals in NYC?

Heading to NYC for a shopping trip! Looking for shopping deals in the city...what streets, areas, or stores should I go for shoes, clothes, etc.?

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top answer by
Courtney from Los Angeles

I would start with the thrift shops which, on the right day, are practically like shopping at Bergdorf Goodman.

City Opera Thrift Shop - Benefits the NYC Opera and gets all their patrons' castoffs. Last purchase I made there - a $3,500 cashmere coat (I looked it up) for $60.

New York Vintage - vintage store meets thrift shop. Expect great condition Vera scarves and Lily Pulitzer here. 

Housing Works Thrift Shop - once got a Balmain skirt here for $15. They also have an incredible bookstore downtown. 

There are always tons of sample sales in the Garment District which you can pretty much find just by walking around. The lines are often endless and they can sometimes feel like a street fight but if you can just keep your cool, there are some amazing bargains here. For some reason there are always a lot of them in the Flatiron District (just north of about 25th street) as well as in Chelsea Market.

Ina is a consignment chain that has very high-end designer clothing. Second Time Around is similar but not quite as high-end. 

All the big stores like Henri BendelBergdorf Goodman, and Barneys New York, Madison have yearly sales right after Christmas and again in the summer. 

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  1. Bergdorf Goodman (attraction)
  2. City Opera Thrift Shop (attraction)
  3. New York Vintage (attraction)
  4. Housing Works Thrift Shop (attraction)
  5. Garment District (attraction)
  6. Flatiron District (neighborhood)
  7. Ina (attraction)
  8. Second Time Around (attraction)
  9. Henri Bendel (attraction)
  10. Barneys New York, Madison (attraction)
  11. Chelsea Market (attraction)
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answered by
Alex from Boulder

Century 21 Department Store near World Trade Center. Chaos brings awesome buys.

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answered by
Eve from Milan

NY native here to give you ideas for shopping... 

 -SoHo has great shops, at every price range. Start at Prince St and Broadway and wander downtown, as well as off Broadway (west) for more upscale shops.  

 -5th Ave btwn like 14th and 28th st is great area too and a more recently developed, less crowded than SoHo shopping area. There's Free People, Club Monaco (giant fancy one), Anthropologie, Ann Taylor, Joe Fresh, J.Crew - Wedding Collection, H&Metc 

 -Union Square also has some good stores, try Nordstrom Rack Union Square for deals. There are also lots of good shoe and sneaker discount stores around there.  

 -Macy's/34th st area is a mess but has lots of shopping.  

 -Lower East Side has cool boutiques 

 -If you want to go to Century 21 Department Store, I recommend the uptown one instead of the one by the World Trade Center. It's less chaotic.   

Best part about shopping in NYC is that there's a shopping opp just about anywhere/everywhere!

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  1. SoHo (neighborhood)
  2. 5th Ave (attraction)
  3. Free People (attraction)
  4. Club Monaco (attraction)
  5. Anthropologie (attraction)
  6. Ann Taylor (attraction)
  7. Joe Fresh (attraction)
  8. J.Crew - Wedding Collection (attraction)
  9. H&M (attraction)
  10. Union Square (attraction)
  11. Nordstrom Rack Union Square (attraction)
  12. Macy's (attraction)
  13. Lower East Side (attraction)
  14. Century 21 Department Store (attraction)
  15. World Trade Center (attraction)
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answered by
Renee from New York City, NY

Follow Racked NY, Sample Sally, 260 sample sale or Mizhattan to get the scoop on sample sales.  There's always a few going on.  

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answered by
peggy from Washington, DC

Sign up for emails from R29 NYC. Each month they list the sample sales coming up and tell you what will be offered and where the shop is located. Locations are all over the city. They'll also update info when they go to a sale and tell you what they found, prices and include pics of the merchandise.

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answered first by
Perla from Alexandria (Virginia)

You have to go to lower Manhattan. There is a shopping center that sells discounted labels. I cant remember the name.I think, its Century 21 Department Storeshopping center near the old word trade center

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  2. Century 21 Department Store (attraction)
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answered by
Stephanie from New York City

I've become a shopaholic ever since moving to NYC. Here are the most popular stores everyone has to visit when coming to the city: I would hit the Lower East Side. Lots of consignment shops and independent designers just starting out. There’s a place called Cadillac's Castle that I love. David Owens Vintage Clothing is another good one down there. 

I would also try the thrift shops on west 17th street. They pretty much ALL carry designer clothing, housewares, etc. Angel Street Thrift Shop is a good one as is Housing Works Thrift Shop.

I would also check out west 10th street between Greenwich and Waverly. There’s a store there called Madame Matovu that has great one-off pieces you’ll probably never see anywhere else. She’ll bargain with you if you really want something.

It’s gotten somewhat mainstream but I love Bleecker St just north of 6th street. Some great stores like Lulu Guinness, Zadig & Voltaire, and even a small Marc Jacobs. 

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  1. Lower East Side (attraction)
  2. Cadillac's Castle (attraction)
  3. David Owens Vintage Clothing (attraction)
  4. Angel Street Thrift Shop (attraction)
  5. Housing Works Thrift Shop (attraction)
  6. Madame Matovu (attraction)
  7. Bleecker St (attraction)
  8. Lulu Guinness (attraction)
  9. Zadig & Voltaire (attraction)
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answered by
Regan from Brooklyn

If you want an actual deal, the only choices are Century 21 Department Store or take the bus from the Port Authority for the day to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets--a luxury outlet mall with everything from Etro to Gucci to Prada to Neiman Marcus.  Otherwise, the only inexpensive shopping is the same mall choices everywhere else:  HM, Joe Fresh, Top Shop, Zara, etc.  

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  1. Century 21 Department Store (attraction)
  2. Woodbury Common Premium Outlets (attraction)
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