You book your flights, organise your accommodation, pack your bags and check your bank account, only to realise you haven’t saved quite as much as you would’ve liked for your overseas trip.
That was me when I was about to fly to the Big Apple. There’s nothing more disheartening than wanting to shop like Carrie Bradshaw when you’re on a Hannah Horvath budget.
Speaking of Hannah Horvarth, look who I bumped into at the airport!
Since I knew shopping in New York was going to prove difficult with a measly few Australian dollars on my traveller card, I needed to think outside the box. So here is my loose guide to shopping in New York on a shoestring budget.
1. Outlet Shopping
Something I quickly discovered on my trip in New York was the crazy amount of outlet shops scattered throughout the city. Nordstrom Rack was a standout for me. I picked up a lot of essentials such as sneakers, makeup and workout gear for a fraction of the usual price. You have to be prepared to sift through the racks but you’ll definitely go away with something. Other outlet stores worth mentioning are Gabay’s Outlet and Century 21.
2. Outer Boroughs
Brooklyn was by far my favourite borough in New York thanks to its unique, laidback vibe. It doesn’t boast as many extravagant designer stores as Manhattan but that’s the beauty of it when you’re bargain hunting. You’ll come across pleasantly-priced boutiques with brands you’ve never heard of before.
3. Step Back in Time
The vintage shopping in New York is second to none. While I was there, I was lucky enough to stumble upon the Manhattan Vintage Fair, which features some of New York’s top vintage dealers. My favourite stall was held by Thriftwares, which stocked stunning vintage pieces from designers such as Chanel, Balenciaga and Celine. You can find them at the Artists & Fleas market in Williamsburg on a weekly basis. While you’re there, you’ll be overwhelmed by the eclectic mix of vendors selling pieces you wouldn’t find anywhere else in the world.
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Purveyors of the finest luxury vintage, What Goes Around Comes Around is another must-do! Located in Soho, it sells high-end vintage pieces and is a favourite of many celebrities.
4. Top up your makeup supply
Cosmetics are wayyyyyyy cheaper in the states. As in, you might find your favourite makeup for less than half price. I’m not a makeup fanatic but let’s just say I was on a first-name basis with the staff at Sephora by the end of the trip.
5. Time it
Visiting New York in-between seasons can be very beneficial to a fashion-loving Aussie. I visited at the end of winter, which meant SALE SALE SALE on winter clothes just in time for the Australian change of seasons. I shopped at Urban Outfitters for as little as US$10, found a gorgeous pair of boots from Barneys for a fraction of the original price and even scored some sales items from Saks Fifth Avenue.
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