Shopping in Manhattan can be exhilarating, fruitful, and magical, but it can also be overwhelming, exhausting, and pointless if you don’t know exactly where to go. Thankfully, you have me! Here’s your insider’s guide to fabulous fashion at a fraction of the price:
- T.J. Maxx (407 East 59th Street at 1st Avenue, Monday-Saturday 9am-9pm and Sunday 10am-8pm): This T.J. Maxx is like no other. It has some designer and contemporary clothing and shoes that are carried at high-end department stores such as Saks, as well as brands you find at places like Macy’s. You can regularly find dresses for as low as $30!
- Designer Revival (324 East 81st Street between 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue, Monday-Wednesday & Friday 11am-7pm, Thursday 11am-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, and Sunday 12pm-5pm): This is a consignment shop that carries designer and bridge clothing, shoes, and handbags. It’s a great place to get a MICHAEL Michael Kors dress for $100 or a Louis Vuitton bag for $1,000 (if you’re in the market for one!).
- 2nd Time Around (1040 Lexington Avenue at East 75th Street, Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm and Sunday 11am-7pm): This is also a consignment shop. It is the place for you if you like contemporary brands you find at Bloomingdale’s such as Alice & Olivia and DVF. The prices here are typically lower than other consignment shops, but you have to examine the merchandise carefully to assess it’s condition. For more tips, check out my Consignment Shopping 101 article. (UPDATE: CLOSED IN 2017)
- Century 21 Department Store (1972 Broadway at West 66th Street, Monday-Saturday 10am-10pm and Sunday 11am-8pm): This is the designer discount mecca! It has so many high-end European and American designers. You can find clothing, handbags, and shoes galore. These prices are higher than the other stores I recommended, but that is because at full retail, the items sold here have a much higher price tag. It’s the place for you if you’re ready to buy what’s on Madison Avenue, but you’re looking for a discount!
Have fun becoming a true New Yorker!
Andrea Graye :)