Even with all of the diverse New York City attractions and events, shopping remains at the top of the list of NYC activities. After all, NYC is at the center of the world’s fashion and retail industry and is home to some of the best-known stores in the country. Unless you absolutely loath shopping, you’ll want to do at least a little shopping in New York City. However, not everyone can afford to go on a 5th Avenue spree. In fact, many of us could not afford to buy a pair of socks on 5th Avenue (although window-shopping is always fun!). So while you may want to check out the high-end stores (just to say you did), you’ll be glad to know there are also lots of places to find discount shopping in NYC, even discounted designer clothes! Here are 6 places to find discount shopping in New York.
Loehmann’s is a favorite among both tourists and locals, offering 30-65% off of designer clothing. Plus, they buy nationally, expanding the extensive list of brands that they sell. Some names you can expect to see are Juicy Couture, Michael Kors, Theory, Marc Jacobs, French Connection, Kate Spade, Betsey Johnson, and so much more. For a cost comparison, the prices are similar to department store clearance items, but are available during the current season. As with any discount designer store, your shopping experience will be a bit chaotic as these stores are equally stuffed with people and garments. But chalk it up to the NYC experience and find some great deals!
Location: 2101 Broadway (between 73rd St & 74th St.)
It may no longer be New York’s “best kept secret,” but this bargain designer store is still a gem. Located in the Financial District, they work directly with garment district representatives to only stalk locally. This means they have the ultimate in high-end names, like Armani, Pucci, Prada, and Missoni—and you’ll find savings up to 75% on these top brands. They have a huge men’s and women’s shoe department (located in a separate store) and great prices on kid’s clothing. That being said, Century 21 is not for the faint of heart. You’ll have to fight your way threw throngs of shoppers and racks of clothing.
Location: 22 Cortlandt St. (between Broadway & Church)
Good cosmetics can be expensive…but not at Cosmetic Market! Ever wonder what happens to extra make-up and perfume samples when promotions end? Or where excess Clinique, Sephora, and Chanel products end up? The answer to both those questions: they go to Cosmetic Market. This treasure of a store has everything from $5.50 Chanel nail polish to $1 L’Oreal hair color. In addition to make-up they have an assortment of other products, like snacks (European chocolate in the back), candles and picture frames, jewelry, and other miscellaneous things.
Location: 15 East 37th St. (between 5th Ave and Madison Ave)
At Fishs Eddy, you’ll find the highest-quality kitchenware and flatware for reasonable prices. Whether you’re a culinary wiz or just thinking about adding some flare to your kitchen, Fishs Eddy is a really unique place to shop. They have everything you can imagine, ranging in style from retro to contemporary. Plus, they change their inventory seasonally. Look for weekly sales or clearance items to save even more. Just be warned, it’s a tight space—not convenient for strollers and the likes.
Location: 889 Broadway (between 19th St. & 20th St.)
This unique showroom in the Lower East Side offers a varied collection of ethnic arts imported directly from China, Indonesia, India, Morocco, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea, and other Asian countries. Their store features affordable décor and housewares, African trading beads that can be made into a necklace or bracelet on the spot, and ready-made jewelry, among lots of other things! If you’re the kind of person who wants one-of-a-kind items or has an affinity for oriental accessories, you can’t miss this place.
Location: 4 Rivington St. (between Bowery & Freeman Alley)
If you’re willing to travel a little, Woodbury Outlets in Central Valley is the ultimate shopping mecca. You can easily take a bus for a less-than-an-hour ride out from the city. Woodbury encompasses 220 outlet stores, including one of only 5 Chanel outlets in the world. The outlets are set up almost like a village, making for an enjoyable atmosphere. Again, there are likely to be crowds of people (that’s how you know the deals are good), especially on weekends and holidays, but the outdoor area allows shoppers to spread out. If you’re willing to make the trip for luxury outlets like Diesel, Prada, John Varvatos, Sony, Coach, Fossil, Vera Bradley, etc., it’s definitely worth your time.
Location: Red Apple Court, Central Valley, NY 10917