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    Saks Fifth Avenue: Legendary High Priced Department Store

    by Paul2001 Updated May 31, 2014

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    Although I have been to other franchises of the Saks Fifth Avenue chain in other cities before (Los Angeles), I had to visit this one. Mother's Day was approaching and I wanted to get my Mom something special while in New York, so off I went to Saks Fifth Avenue. I bought her a very expensive scarf. My mother was very impressed. I could do no wrong for a very long time afterword.
    Saks is probably the most famous of all of New York's many department stores. It is actually not all that large and easy to manage if you are brousing. Most women will fall all over the cosmetic and fragrance departments. If you want to look powerful at work, then pick something at the very pricy men's department.

    What to buy: All kinds of clothing and cosmetics for men and women. No hardware. Rats!

    What to pay: Hundreds and hundreds!

    Saks Fifth Avenue in New York

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    Brooklyn/Williamsburg winter flea market: Winter flea

    by Turska Written Apr 21, 2014

    We had really waited to see local flea market, and this was told to be huge. Now I understand how huge flea markets we do have in Finland, since this didn´t feel big at all! It is big, but saying "huge" made us think about something many times bigger.
    There is not as much old staff as we thought. There is those, but they are very high priced, so we didn´t made any big "founds". Actually we only bought cups of mac n´cheese (quite good for the price) and a bottle of chili sauce.
    Some old metal signs were interesting, but quite pricey. I think the best time for people who like fleas like us, would be at summer. In winter there was only this and Hell´s kitchens flea, witch we couldn´t make because of the limited time.
    But interesting to see this, just not just anything very cheap.
    What was strange to us, were the old t-shirts, worn up and very expensive! You could have same band t-shirts cheaper new! Can´t think a t-shirt being "antique.." Even if it would be how "real from this and that concert".

    What to buy: House decoration made from old staff, hand crafts or if you don´t try to find very cheap, you can find some old staff to decorate your home.
    You can try some local snack foods, witch are cheap.

    What to pay: Quite a lot, if you ask me. I don´t think no-one in Finnish flea would pay as much for most of that staff. So I don´t know is it wrong to have this at budget travel..

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    Thrifting: Bargains in NYC

    by apbeaches Updated Feb 15, 2014

    We have some amazing indoor Thrift & Consignment Shops in NYC. I used to go to third Avenue north of Bloomingdale's Dept. Store there was a thrift shop on every block & delicious reasonable restaurants. My friend from Norway loved the Salvation Army and Goodwill Thrift Stores which are all over the City.

    You can get gently worn high end clothing, housewares & almost anything at:

    Vintage Thrift 286 Third Ave (212) 871-0777

    Arthritis Thrift Shop 1383 Third Avenue (212) 772-881

    Spence-Chapin Thrift Shop 1850 Second Ave (212) 426-7643

    Second Time Around 232 Third Avenue 212-228-8879

    The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Thrift Shop 1440 Third Ave (212) 535-1250

    Unique Boutique Thrift Store 1674 Third Ave

    Designer Resale 324 East 81st St (212) 734-3639

    City Opera Thrift Shop 23 Third Ave (212) 684-5344

    Angel Street Thrift Shop 118 W 17th St (212) 229-0546

    Beacons Closet Consignment 10 W 13th St b/t Avenue Of The Americas & 5th Ave in Greenwich Village (917) 261-4863

    New & Almost New 171 Mott St in Little Italy (212) 226-667

    Columbia University Consignment, 52 Tiemann Place, Harlem (646) 797-9849

    Housing Works Thrift shops are all over NYC Locations can be found at:

    Buffalo Exchange
    332 E 11th St Greenwich Village (212) 260-9340
    109 Boerum Place Cobble Hill Brooklyn, (718) 403-049

    Brooklyn Flea 80 North 5th St. (at Wythe Ave.), Williamsburg, Brooklyn
    Saturday + Sunday 10am-6pm
    120 goods vendors & 60 food vendors indoors through March 2014

    What to buy: Clothing even high end designer bags & shoes. Housewares, jewelry, children's, furniture ... you name it.

    What to pay: A fraction of retail

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    Lego Store: Legos, Legos, Legos

    by Donna_in_India Written Jan 22, 2014

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    This store is great fun, especially for Lego fans. There are all sizes and colors of legos and lego sets to buy, although they are not inexpensive.

    I love the buildings and scenes of NYC built from Legos that are around the store. There's a huge dragon hanging from the ceiling that snakes around the store too. And there's a station where you can build Lego people.

    This store has good inventory especially in single pieces. It can get very crowded especially during the holidays with the overflow from Rockefeller Center.

    Monday - Saturday: 10am - 8:00 pm
    Sunday: 11am - 7:00 pm

    Lego Dragon Thousands of Lego Singles
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    McNally Jackson: for book/coffee lovers

    by EviP Updated Aug 16, 2013

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    Independent bookshop with a nice and cosy coffeplace where you can enjoy reading the book you bought over coffee and snack and people watching through its large window over the street.

    Two-storey books and reads of al kinds for all tastes

    What to buy: Take a look at their recommendations, too, they may worth your while
    I was pleasantly surprised to find there a rare interview of Marcel Duchamp, which then I almost read through in an afternoon at their cafe....!

    What to pay: depending on the books...

    McNally Jackson independent booksellers, NYC McNally Jackson bookstore-cafe, NYC book reading over coffe, McNally Jackson, NYC fly with a book, McNally-Jackson NYC
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    by LoriPori Written May 14, 2013

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    First of all, I did not go to New York to shop, but many on our bus shopped every chance they got. They bought purses, souvenir T-shirts & sweat-shirts.
    I liked this little kiosk ( pictured here) which was right outside Central Park. It had "New York" t-shirts and hats for sale at reasonable prices.

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    Chelsea Market: Diverse Foods Market

    by TexasDave Updated Apr 28, 2013

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    In the 1930's this huge building was a Nabisco Factory baking cookies and crackers. In fact, it is the original Oreo Factory. The old brick walls and huge girders have been left exposed and now house a vast array of food stores: bakeries, purveyors of chocolates, teas, fruits, vegetables, and seafood. It is also the base of The Food Network Cable TV shows. It is a very similar setup, although on a smaller scale, as the Ferry Building in San Francisco. It's a great place to stop and have lunch or a mid-afternoon break.

    Freshly made pasta for sale at Buon Italia
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    Rizzoli Books: A Bookstore, Unlike Any Other

    by von.otter Written Jan 21, 2013

    “Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.”
    — Mark Twain (1835-1910)

    Rizzoli Book Store is an oasis of calm in the chaotic noise of midtown Manhattan. I love this place for it. When I walk into the store and I instantly feel at ease. This bookstore resembles a private library rather than a retail establishment.

    Browse the three floors of the store in the quiet atmosphere of contemplation. There is never pressure to buy; although if you like picture books as much as I do, you will want to buy everything.

    The store is known for its large-format, coffee table picture books; these books cover one specialized subject or topic through spectacular photographs and text. Other books, best-sellers and recent releases are also for sale, as well as magazines.

    The flagship store has an informed staff willing to help.

    What to buy: Books. Books. Books. In a civilized atmosphere that makes you want to read.

    What to pay: Prices vary.

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    by Gili_S Written Nov 10, 2012

    They were having a campaign for Staropramen Czech Beer in the supermarket, he he, well, after living in the Czech myself for few months it was not really appealing to me, I had enough of it already but anyway, they should have thought to bring Czech girl for the marketing campaign, would have sell much better ;-)

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    by Gili_S Written Nov 10, 2012

    New York is one of the world central locations for fashion. One famous local fashion icon from New York is Calvin Klein, jeans, perfume and of course, the most popular underwear in the world ;-)

    What to buy: Underwear

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    JOSEPH HANNA Leather Goods: Great leather in NYC

    by SOLODANCER Updated Oct 4, 2012

    Apart from incredible sightseeing and pleasurable fun from practically everything, New York City is also top-notch shopping haven. The number one place on earth probably where the visitor finds practically everything under the sun. Not only that but the widest selection possible and the absolute chance to find it at bargain price barring only one's time and effort. And the available services open to the hardy shopper is truly mind-boggling in this great metropolis as far as how he/she would want the product offered up in terms of design, style, texture, craftmanship, etc. etc.

    If you're looking for leather goods in NYC and desire the best along with the best personal service without having to sweat it thru the crazy madness of department stores, I have a place for you: JOSEPH HANNA Leather Goods in the West Village. The place is tiny but packed with wall-to-ceiling leather products from suitcases, carry-on bags, backpacks, briefcases, belts, wallets and certainly ladies' purses and bags. All fabulously hand-crafted within the premises and using only the best American leather which Joseph Hanna himself picks and purchases from Maine and Massachusetts. From my own experience, probably the best feature of JOSEPH HANNA Leather Goods is its professional job at customized leather design/style and executing it to full perfection. Matter of fact, a black leather shoulder bag I designed and executed by JOSEPH HANNA nearly 20 years ago is as good as brand new today which I continually use and love.

    This family leather business has been around NYC since the 1960's, a testament to savvy business sense, consistent high quality and service and tradition. But this tradition has its roots in Syria where the family had immigrated from. Joseph had inherited and continued the business from his brother Fred since 1984 in the very same store located at 33 Greenwich Avenue in the West Village where he continues to run it 7 days a week.

    Best seller from the store are carry-on bags. And if you want a customized design, allow it 4-5 days with a required deposit of 25-30% of the overall price which varies from item to item. All products from the store are fully guaranteed for 3 years. Personalized engravings are free of charge and JOSEPH HANNA also does repairs and alterations.

    Hours: 11A-9P (7 days a week)

    Joseph Hanna and his leather designs
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    Hard Rock Cafe: To the T-shirts collectors

    by GUYON Updated Apr 9, 2012

    We visit the Hard Rock Cafe of each town to complete our T-Shirts collection.
    Though, I cannot wear these T-shirts in France. Everybody thinks I am an American and speaks to me in English.
    Once, a hotelkeeper said me : "En France, nous ...."

    What to buy: T-Shirts and sweeters

    What to pay: 22$ for a T-shirt

    Hard Rock Cafe New York
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    The Place For Everything New York: CityStore - The Place For Everything New York

    by t_cims Written Mar 13, 2012

    A store where you can buy everything about new york, and buy tourist stuff or some gift. Well worth a visit, I think if you're in New York on vacation.

    Or live here, and just moved like me.

    What to buy: Books, maps, shirts, etc.

    What to pay: good prices

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    Nat Sherman Cigars: Hand rolled Cigars In Manhattan

    by Highbrae Written Jan 3, 2012

    Nat Sherman Cigars have been a New York institution since 1930. Now in the third generation they produce wonderful hand rolled cigars at machine rolled prices. I have yet to buy anything but the finest quality from them regardless of what I purchase and unlike most cuban cigars I buy here in Canada they are not grossly overpriced. The walk in humidor is one of the best I have seen and even my non-cigar smoking wife was impressed. The small lounge area allows you a quiet repreave from the busy shopping and noise of the street.

    What to buy: Any of the Nat Sherman brands are worth a try, ask an associate to help you select your choice.

    What to pay: under $10 to as much as your bank account and wife will allow.

    Exterior of Nat Sherman Cigars on 42nd Street Nat Sherman Interior and lounge area Inside the walk in humidor Some boxes of Nat Sherman cigars ready for tasting
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    Metropolitan Museum of Art Store: Great Place for Gifts & Unique Items

    by Donna_in_India Updated Oct 18, 2011

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    The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store is one of my favorite places to shop for gifts and unusual items. The shop at the Museum is huge but this outpost is also a nice place to shop.

    Along with the obvious art objects - prints, posters, books, sculptures - you'll find gorgeous jewelry, accessories, apparel, and a large assortment of children's toys.

    My favorite items include stationery items - particularly boxed cards sets and calendars. I also love the unusual umbrellas - with colorful designs.

    Prices range from affordable to expensive. All purchases help support the museum.

    Hours: Sat-Thu, 10am-7pm; Fri, 10am-8pm

    You can also order online at their website. Check for sales and specials.

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