Century 21, New York City
Okay, you may have heard about the wonders of Century 21 - the great brand names for low prices. It's true. There are great American, European and designer duds to be had at Centruy 21.
There's a big BUT here though. The place is PACKED with people on a weekend (well, Friday - Sunday). There are always a lot of people but, during the week it's much more tolerable.
If you're a fanatic and HAVE to go and only have a weekend, you'll find deals. you'll also be pushed, shoved and generously ill-treated by all the other people who're looking for a bargain.
(If you're Canadian, think "Boxing day shopping"... if you're American, think "Black Friday".... otherwise, think whatever day of the year you have in your country that has crazy sales and expect some of that behaviour! :))
What to buy: If you do feel irresistably pulled into Century 21 I can only hope it's on a weekday (I go on the weekdays - it's absolutely tolerable and the deals ARE great!).
Some things to look for - go into the Shoe Department ladies! (And gents - lots of great shoes!)
You can get to it from a completely separate entrance - off of Church Street. (You can also get there through the store but, it's not the most user-friendly experience - following a bunch of footsteps in, around, up , down... confusing!)
Also, a lot of people miss it but they have a great home section in the basement. Lots of crazy brand name towels for silly prices. I get giddy everytime I go there! :)
Summary of things worth going into Century 21 for (because I babble!):
- house stuff
- brand name duds if you're patient
Advertised as "New York's Best Kept Secret", it's the secret that everyone and their dog knows about. Still, Century 21 was on our "must see" list for New York, and it did not disappoint! Just make sure you get here very early, as soon as they open, and then get out of there by lunch, as the crowds do get overwhelming as 12:00 pm nears. The staff are not that helpful, and seem robotic, but at that point I really didn't care. I just got a $300 cashmere sweater for $65.00!
I must warn you about the change rooms -- if you are a very private person, you may not like them. Basically, they are set up like stalls in a barn, no doors, just two narrow walls about a foot wide to separate you from your neighbor. However, no one's looking, as they're trying on bargains as fast as they can!!
What to buy: There are truly some excellent bargains here, with plenty of all the big name designers. It was a whirlwind, but I remember seeing beautiful Tracey Reese dresses for $50.00; Marc Jacobs dresses for $65.00, a huge selection of high-quality cashmere for under $80.00, and Seven for All Mankind jeans at $75.00. For the vertically challenged, like me, there was a pretty good petites section and petite sizes available. The men's department had great prices too.
What to pay: Save 25-75% off of retail
Century 21 advertises itself as New York's best kept secret but on the contrary its just the opposite. If you are planning to go get there early as it can be a real madhouse. I purchased a nine west handbag for a fraction of what it would cost in London. I also bought some accessories from the childrens clothing range upstairs. The designer stock changes on a regular basis so buy what you want when you see it. I am not convinced the perfume is that much cheaper but I did not price it anywhere else. Do remember you will be charged sales tax of 8.375% on top of your purchases.
You may need to hunt for what you want but there are some fantastic bargins to be had on this high end couture line - Happy shopping
You will find many great bargains at this discount designer haven.
Lines can be long for dressing rooms, and they are not very private, just little dividers with no curtains. Dressing rooms for men are non-existent, unless they are trying on suits. I have witnessed guys hiding behind the garment racks to try on clothes. Don't let this turn you off though...these inconveniences just make the shopping trip more interesting.
When I was working in NY in 2000, the best time to shop here was during the work week, mid morning or afternoon. During these times you didn't have to battle huge crowds.
After shopping, stop by the Stage Door Deli on Vesey for a quick bite to eat.
What to buy: Good things to look for at Century 21 are:
- Women's Shoes (2rd floor)
- Wallets & Purses (1st floor)
- Luggage (basement level)
- Just about everything else!
What to pay: It really just depends on your budget. There are deals to be found whether you have $50 dollars or $500 to spend.
The place is a huge sale! You fing a lot lot lot lot lot of things to buy, even if they are new collections in cheaper prises.But the point is there are lot of things that are from former season easy to wear that have up to 75% off!!!
The department has 3 floors and who will need at least 4 hours to say you saw half of the cloths.
I got in at 9.00am and got out in 1.30pm and had bought about 30 pieces for about 420$-450$!!
You should give it a try...
What to buy: Everything from babies,kids, men and women, haute couture, casual, daily, swimming-suits, shoes, leathers, you will find everything...
Century 21 is a bargain shop just opposite where the twin towers used to stand.
Its great for absolutley everything, everything you find from clothes to eletronical good are good quality stuff, but dead cheap i walked in and came out with about 100 dollars of things which would of cost double or even triple back home in the Uk.
If your a girl like me and can shop literally till you drop go ahead.
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)
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.
when we got to New York, the first thing we requested was to go to woodberry factory outlet to do some best buy shopping for pasalubong. but since my husband's friends have all been living in New York for decades already, they were very wise enough to advise us not to splurge too much on those factory outlets for we will go see Century 21. Boy the place is a mecca of everything that is discounted! (or maybe it's just a holiday since it's memorial day?) ha ha ha ha... all shoes & clothes are not taxed but everything else are. almost all brands are there! i was too engrossed on the sale that I end up being reprimanded by my husband for buying a few things which are not on our budget. he he he he... :) anyways, they have a lot of branches all over new york but the one we shopped was located I think near ground zero. according to my husband's friends, there would be a lot more to choose from the branch in brooklyn if you're not into hip hop clothes which black mostly buy in that area. can't wait to go back there and i will surely spend more this time and ship it through a balikbayan box because it would cost more if i buy those things here in pinas!
What to buy: anything! clothes, shoes, bags, belts, wallets etc
What to pay: you can buy a pair of boss shoes at around $50, lacoste bag at $30-$60, RL bag for $25, RL shoes at $25-$40. triple or more the worth there & that's how much it would cost if you buy them here in manila
Century 21 is situated opposite Ground Zero and sells lots of goods at bargain prices. Perhaps not as a big a name as the other department stores but worth going to if you want designer gear but can't afford Fifth Avenue prices.
What to buy: Shoes. I got myself a pair of Miss Sixty trainers for probably half of what they would cost in the UK. DKNY stuff is also popular as my boyfriend got some t-shirts for a good price.
What to pay: Less than other department stores.
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
I have to say I didn't really like this store it was far too busy! and alot of the stuff in there looked like junk to me. I am sure if you are prepared to use your elbows and fight to save $20 on a purse then you might just get a bargain!
Tip: if you want to go get there as soon as it opens at 7.45am
It will not be an experience I will be repeating and I am a seasoned shopper - but life is too short to spend time wandering around a shop for hours when i may not even get anything!
What to buy: well apparantly loads of bargains but you have to have the patience (which I don't!) to hunt for stuff.
What to pay: cheap cheap cheap!!!!
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.
This store has everything. I arrived an hour and a half before closing to see men and women diving pellmell into the inventory. Try to go in armed with a specific list, or at least zero in on a category of what you're looking to buy--otherwise, it's a little overwhelming. The line to the fitting rooms was about 30 deep--you'll do best if you know your figure well enough to predict how a certain cut of clothing hangs on it. I'm a master bargain shopper, so I didn't think all the prices were that great, but I did find some good deals. On a practical note: if, like me, you come out of Century 21 needing to replenish the calories you just burned off shopping, there's a Kentucky Fried Chicken just down the street. If you're facing Century 21, KFC is on your left, in your line of vision.
I love Century 21 and I have been a die hard shopper there for years! I wanted to add that the women's dressing rooms now have curtains, for those of us who are a little more modest!
My advice is to go early on the weekdays--The store opens at 8:00am. In the morning the merchandise has not yet been picked over and the experience is much more calming.
The worst time to go is during the holidays, but if you are brave you can get excellent designer gifts and not break your budget.