Get The Most Out of a New York Shopping Trip

Thursday, 25 May 2017
Shopping in New York is an experience like no other. With the number of high-end labels based there, and some of the most prestigious clothes stores anywhere in the world, it's no wonder that so many Europeans head to the Big Apple more or less just for the shopping. If you're heading to New York soon, obviously you'll want to make the most of the trip. Here are some handy tips for shopping in New York...

Districts Mean Discounts The fashion industry in New York is centered in the Garment District, where you can find a lot of clothing, textiles, and fabrics at incredibly low prices. You'll find a lot of it isn't all that tasteful or current, but you're sure to run into at least one bargain that you simply need to jump on. There is another couple of block-long districts where you can find a lot of gorgeous accessories to polish off your outfit. The Diamond District in Midtown has over 2,000 independent jewellers, where you can pick up typically expensive jewellery at a discounted price. The Flower District in Chelsea has a lot of wholesalers who deal in fresh blooms as well as high-quality fake flowers.

Travel for the Clearances in January & July.  While there are clearance sales at various shops scattered through the year, some of the larger and more prestigious department stores, like Bloomingdale's, tend to have them after their storewide inventories, taking place at the start of January and July. If you're scrambling to plan a trip in July, just make sure you get all your paperwork sorted out in advance, as American customs can be a little tricky to wrap your head around. Start by making sure your passport is going to be valid, and then checking out sites like to understand your visa and other documentation options.

Get Off the Radar. Sure, Century 21 and the Nordstrom Rack in Manhattan may be the most famous shopping locations in the city, but there are a lot of less-trafficked areas, with more merchandise throughout the different boroughs of New York. One must-see store is the huge Century 21 in Bay Ridge, which you can read more about here: Neiman Last Call in Dowtown Brooklyn is also a good one to put on your list. By hitting these more off-the-radar locations, you'll have a wider variety of clothes and accessories to choose from, and will be able to dodge the crowds of your fellow tourists that full up Manhattan in the summer!

Don't Miss TJ Maxx. When you've burned through most of you budget, TJ Maxx is a great place to find a wide selection of designer denim, clothing , shoes and accessories, all at incredibly low prices. It also has new arrivals coming in every weekday. With the stock always rotating, you'll be able to make a few day trips to this amazing store through your trip, without ever feeling like you've seen everything. Try to hit it on Wednesdays, where more of the stock tends to be marked down.
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