If you have never taken a vacation to New York City, you may not be able to comprehend why it is referred to as “The City That Never Sleeps.”
If, on the other hand, you are either a resident of New York City or have visited there enough to know, this becomes quite the understatement. Suffice it to say, NYC is a favorite target destination for a lot of reasons such as the different cultures, the food, the shows on Broadway, etc.
However, the main reason that people venture to the city is for the shopping. When you reside in NYC, it’s almost impossible to not spend your last dollar on the current fashions of the day. The trends are everywhere and they are constantly changing without a lot of warning. If you want to shop on a budget in NYC, the following suggestions should help you accomplish your mission.
Consider the following stores for your NYC shopping adventure:
Forever 21 and H&M – if you’re only looking for the very latest and trendiest fashions that you would only wear a few times, these 2 stores are just the ticket. However, most people like us that have average bodies can’t squeeze into the items sold here, so you want to keep that in mind.
Banana Republic – a great store for ongoing sales to take advantage of. The common misconception is that BR is not the best of bargains, but if you check the sales racks and tables, you will be pleasantly surprised.
Arden B, Mandee, and Strawberry – three of the lesser known bargain-priced boutiques that are a must-explore proposition while you’re visiting the city. From graphic t-shirts to trendy sequined mini-skirts, these three shops have it all and at the best deals.
Here are some added suggestions for shopping NYC on a budget:
Consignment Resale Shops – most of these stores feature high-end clothing that is only slightly worn and you can purchase these clothing items for a fraction of their initial cost. It isn’t that impossible to find some garment that sets you apart from the crowd style-wise. The downside is that you will need to spend some time shopping these types of stores in order to find that perfect bargain.
Instead of separates, buy a dress – these are “instant outfits” that you never have to worry about assembling your outfit for that business meeting or that night on the town. In addition to this, it is usually cheaper to buy a dress than purchasing separates.
Don’t overlook the “Sample Sales” – if you are label conscious but don’t have the budget for the high-dollar goods, make sure you shop these stores. You can easily find out about sample sales by searching the internet.
Budget Hotels in New York
- Hotel Howard Johnson – Long Island City, New York
- Hotel La Quinta Inn Queens – Long Island City, New York
- Hotel MichaelNY – New York City
Photo of tourists shopping in New York by Ed Yourdon