This is the kind of place where you dig through a HUGE mass of clothing for the really great buys. I left there with a PILE of clothes and only spent $150. Granted, I didn't buy any Gaultier, Lauren, etc. On the other hand, I got some GREAT clothes, including a pair of terrific BCBG sunglasses for $20.
What to buy: Anything you want, you can find it here.
What to pay: Cheap, cheap, cheap
Not to be mistaken with the well-known real estate company, Century 21 is a huge bargain department store where you can find all kinds of designer labels at low costs. It's located just across from Ground Zero.
I was here on a tax-free Labor Day weekend so the crowds here were way too much for me to deal with, but since I was here with two ladies, we ended up staying over an hour. The place was absolutely nuts, but I did notice some great deals.
What to buy: DKNY, Versace, etc. etc.
Century 21 is good enough, I dont think is fantastic! because its a little messy, but still, if you have patience you can find something good at a great price =)
Last buy there>
Poncho= Usd 17 (best deal of the day)
Stockings = usd 5 (average)
Advertised as NY's best keep secret. Unlike the discount stores like TJ Maxx and Filenes basement, you don't need to rumage through piles andjammed packed racks to find bargains. Go earlier in the day as it gets crowded after work and in the evening.
What to buy: Designers like Prada, Helmut Lang and Versace. Their handbags and shoes are to die for.
What to pay: 50-75% off retail
New York and top class shopping means Fifth Avenue, so you will probably go there sooner or later, it’s not only the famous avenue with the famous desingers’ stores but also because of the hype that Sex And The City brought to our lifes. If you want to protect your wallet (but also your head from your wife’s anger) you can take her to Century 21. It’s a department store that has top designers’ items with 40-60% off retail!!!
When I’ve heard about it I thought it was fake but my local friend said no, it’s all real that’s why it’s always full of people. So, when we went there it was crazy, so many women try to buy everything, I was laughing the first minutes but a headache was coming and so I decided to leave for 3 hours until she gets happy there.
By the way, there are men’s clothes, luggage, wallets, souvenirs and other items there too. The magnets at the souvenir corner were the least expensive in Manhattan, they cost only $2 each.
The store is open mon-fri 7.45-21.30 sat 10.00-21.00 and Sunday 11.00-20.00
A claustrophobics nightmare, but oh, if you want designer fashions at low, low prices and can fight your way through the maddening crowd, you'll definitely want to stop by Century 21. It's right across from Ground Zero and close to the Staten Island ferry terminal. It features several floors of fashions for men and women. Then there's an entire basement of shoes! That's right, girls.....SHOES!
I made the mistake of visiting there during the Christmas season and nearly had a breakdown. It is not for the faint of heart.
What to buy: Up and coming designer digs.
This shop is described as New Yorks best kept secret. They sell a lot of discount fassion products, most of it is well known brands.
What to buy: Mainly clothes, shoes and accessories, but this is a discount department store so you will find other things here aswell.
What to pay: Less than you are used to...
I discovered Century 21 by chance, but it was by far the best department store I've been to. It's a discount store, selling everything from clothes, to bags, to cutlery, all stuff you would find in regular stores, but at half the price (at least). You have to sift through the rails and be aware that many tourists have found this place too, making it frustrating to get through the crowds sometimes. Indeed, it was one of the places, Macy's being the other, that I heard the familiar sound of the English accent. Ahhh, home.
Once you've battled your way through the crowds, and found that pair of DKNY jeans for $25, you may, like me, never want to leave the cosy confinement of the store. It's got everything that you could want and you'll see no reason to visit the snobbish enclave that is Bloomingdales. Don't get me started on the Sales assistants
What to buy: Designer labels, including DKNY and Juicy Jeans, should you be small enough to squeeze into them. Alas, my derriere was too grandiose for them and I nearly broke the zip.
What to pay: Half of what you'd pay in regular department stores, and definitely cheaper than UK prices.
21 Century is called as New York's Best Kept Secret but I don't think it's any secret at all nowadays.
You can find cheap desingner clothes, lingerie, shoes, linens, cosmetics, bags, giftware, houseware and electronics in reduced prices (25 -75 % off retail prices) but you have to dig into the piles and really try to find those real bargains. I didn't like it so much anymore because it is too crowded and I didn't really find anything special (August 2005).
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It's nice to have NY's finest discount department store back in business. Located across the street from the World Trade Center, it was closed for many months. Now it's back and better than ever. Century 21 carries an amazing selection of quality merchandise for everyone. Discounts run from 25% to 75% on Armani, Versace, Polo and many more designer labels. You will not be disappointed.
What to buy: The best departments are housewares, women's shoes, children's clothing and men's ties and dress shirts.
What to pay: 25% - 75% off retail price
Century 21 - those in the know go to this store for brand name merchandise at discount prices. Cortland St between Broadway & Church Sts. 212-227-9092
SOHO (area "SO"uth of "HO"uston St, West of Lafayette St, and North of Canal St) - art galleries and hip boutiques
Macy's - World's largest department store. 34th St between Broadway & 7th Ave. 212-494-3827
Bloomingdales - The latest in designer fashions and home furnishings. 3rd Ave between 59th-60th Sts. 800-777-0000.
Great place for designer bargains, a particularly HUGE shoe department, worth a visit!
What to buy: Clothes, shoes, bags.
What to pay: Bargains to be had, but you have to search