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Okay, I’m not gonna lie to you. And please don’t hate me forever for saying this, but…I don’t like shopping. Phew!. I said it out
loud.

I seriously wish I loved shopping because I feel like most women love bargain hunting at some of the best places to shop in NYC on a budget.

Somehow:

It feels like cheap shopping in New York helps create these iconic sisterhoods that you see in shows like Sex and the City.

I mean:

Some of the show’s BEST girl talk occurs while shopping for a pair of Manolo Blahnik (Yeah, I don’t think any of the discount stores near me are that fancy but their shoes are exquisite).

And while most of us probably can’t afford Manolo’s:

You get the idea that bargain shopping in New York is about as  important to women as sporting events are to men,

That’s why it sometimes sucks that I hate shopping. Sure, I save money, but I also feel left out when all my girlfriends head out to various discount stores in NYC and leave me at home since I’d rather pull all out all my toenails out then go with them.

I’m being melodramatic.  Cheap shopping in NYC isn’t THAT bad but you get the idea).

So if you’re a total shopaholic who is in search of the best shopping places in New York City,, but have the bankroll of an almost homeless person, then check out this list of ultra-cheap shopping spots in NYC because when I cave and actually do go shopping, these are the places I go.

If you’re nodding your head in agreement, then this post about cheap shopping in NYC is for you!

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17 of My Favorite Stores for Discount Shopping in New York City! Because who doesn’t want to do a little retail therapy and shop all their feelings away?

1. INA NYC

Located in Chelsea (and well all across the city really):

This cheap clothing store in NYC has been around since the ye olde year of 1993 (Geez I feel old because that doesn’t seem that long to me.LoL) and has quickly become one of New York City’s most reputable consignment stores.

Why, you may wonder?

This store’s epic reputation for selling high quality at insane discount prices comes from the fact that this store accepts only the highest quality merchandise for resale and has a multitude of fashion-forward items, at discounted prices, from iconic designers like Chanel, Pucci, BALLY, etc.

Plus:

There are a bunch of different locations all over the city so it’s super easy to find an INA discount store near you.

Address: 21 Prince Street (This is the Nolita location but they have locations in Chelsea and Union Square as well)

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 12 pm to 8 pm and Sunday from 12 pm to 7 pm.

How to Get There: You could take the 6, R, W, or N trains here since all of these subway lines have stops near Prince Street.

2. HOUSING WORKS THRIFT STORE

Housing Works is an amazing store where you can find great clothes, and even better prices. Plus, all the proceeds go to charity, so in a way, you're kind of helping society by shopping here.
Housing Works is an amazing store where you can find great clothes, and even better prices. Plus, all the proceeds go to charity, so in a way, you’re kind of helping society by shopping here.

I come here for the bookstore next door but if I have time, I stop by the thrift store, which has some pretty epic deals that even appeal to this non-shopper right here.

Plus:

I just LOVE Housing Works Thrift Store and their social consciousness.

Believe it or not:

All the proceeds from this thrift shop go towards aid for the homeless and those afflicted with the AIDS virus.

Therefore:

While shopping here, you can feel good because you’re actually doing something for the good of humanity.  

And while you’re here:

You can even sell some of your own goods or just cruise the racks for vintage designs by Gucci, Givenchy, DVF, etc.

Address: 130 Crosby Street (This is the location in SOHO but there are additional locations in South Slope Brooklyn, Yorkville, and on the Upper West Side)

Hours: Monday through Saturday, from 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.

How to Get There: You could either take the 6, F, R, or C subway lines to a station near Crosby Street.

3. PRIMARK

With locations all across the country:

Cash-poor, fashion-conscious New Yorkers can now rejoice since Primark Outlets, a UK-based company, now has stores conveniently located in Staten Island and Brooklyn, making this one of the premier place to do some cheap shopping in NYC.

Here:

You can happily frolic through this spacious store and fill your cart to the tippy top since you’ll find an assortment of amazingly trendy clothes at dirt cheap prices.

Just think casual cool, only minus the high price tag.

 And with 41 fitting rooms at your disposal,  you can nab all the apparel, shoes, and accessories that your little heart could EVER desire.

You can even purchase some wicked awesome home goods and beauty products, but just because you’re already here. 

All this, just minus the buyer’s remorse since items here can cost as little as $10 a piece.

In that case, I’ll take the entire store, wrapped please. 

Address: There is one location in King’s Plaza Shopping Center (Brooklyn) and one in the Staten Island Mall (Duh, in Staten Island).

Hours: Monday through Friday, from 10 am to 9:30 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm.

How to Get There: To get to the Brooklyn location, you can take either the 2 or Q subway lines.

4. THINK CLOSET 

Think Closet in Williamsburg is the perfect place to go and get vintage-style clothes, but without spending a small fortune.
Think Closet in Williamsburg is the perfect place to go and get vintage-style clothes, but without spending a small fortune.

This vintage style boutique in Williamsburg was started in 2007 by Wendy Chung and sells items that are predominantly imported from Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong.

That’s why:

All the items here are affordable, unique, fashion-forward, and something that you can’t really find anywhere else.

Just think fun, flirty, and feminine, but with a dash of Asian funk thrown in for good measure. 

Therefore:

If you’re searching for a reasonably priced, one of a kind piece that has eccentric detailing, then Think Closet is the place for you.  

Address: 218 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Hours: Open every day, from 11 am to 7 pm.

How to Get There: You can take the L subway line to the Bedford Avenue station.

5. ANGEL STREET THRIFT SHOP

If you’re in search of one of the best places to shop in NYC on a budget, then look no further than Angel Street Thrift Shop.

Opened in 1997:

This upscale, second-hand store is nestled within Lower Manhattan’s iconic Flat-Iron District and sells a wicked awesome, but totally eclectic selection of gently used clothing and jewelry items.

But more than that:

You can actually feel good about shopping here.

No really!

Think of it as Capitalism with a heart since all of the store’s proceeds go towards the Lower East Side Service Center, a fantastic, non-for-profit organization that supports individuals suffering from addiction, HIV/AIDS, and mental illness.

So really:

It’s kind of like donating money to charity.

Except for the fact that you just happen to get awesome stuff in exchange for your money (my inner-consumer whore shouts out with glee).

And added bonus?

Angel Street also receives new shipments of merchandise MULTIPLE times A DAY.

Crazy right?

Therefore, regardless of when you swing by, you’ll definitely be able to find something brand spanking new (Okay, it’s not new new, but it’s new to you!).

But wait, it gets better!

Because Angel Street Thrift Shop also receives a bunch of donations from large companies too!

That’s why:

If you stop by, you might actually be able to find a one-off, J-Crew sweater that has never been worn.

See, consumer-related dreams really do come true!

And:

If you’re looking to snazz up that fine AF apartment of yours, then you’ll be delighted to know that this store also has an awesome furniture section too, with pieces that cost anywhere between $20 and $3000.

Yeah:

$3000 doesn’t really sound super “budget” to me but hopefully, you’re WAY more financially secure than I am.

Address: 48 West 22nd Street

Hours: Open Monday through Friday, from 11 am to 7 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 10 pm, and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm.

How to Get There: You could either take the 6 subway line to 23rd Street Station or the F subway line to the 23rd Street Station.

6. CENTURY 21 

Century 21 is another amazing place in New York City where you can get designer clothes but at a fraction of the price.
Century 21 is another amazing place in New York City where you can get designer clothes but at a fraction of the price.

No, not the real estate giant!

And I’m being absolutely serious since the first time I heard about this NYC discount store, I really thought my friend wanted to buy a house.

But that’s another story. 

Now, the first time I went to Century 21 I was only there because I had time to kill before seeing a Broadway play at Lincoln Center.

And I have to say,

This store did not disappoint. They have amazing deals and offer up to 70% off designer prices, on everything from shoes to handbags to workout gear.

But the best part?

This shopping outlet in New York City is actually spread out over something crazy like seven floors.

Therefore:

You actually have to room to shop and don’t have to fight the woman next to you for the last v-neck top in the rack.

Plus:

Century 21 has multiple locations, so it’s easy to find a location near you; a store that is truly one of the best places for shopping in NYC.

Address: 21 Dey St, New York, NY (This is the lower Manhattan location but there are no less than 19 other stores throughout NYC)

Hours: Open Monday through Wednesday, from 7:45 am to 9 pm, Thursday and Friday from 7:45 am to 9:30 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 10 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm.

How to Get There: To get to the lower Manhattan location, take the 4 or 5 subway line to Fulton Street Station.

7. NECESSARY CLOTHING 

Going to Little Italy for a nice slice of pizza and an enormous cup of gelato?

If you are:

 Then I’ll forgive your naivete since the Italian food along Arthur Avenue is infinitely cheaper and more delicious than the Italian food in Little Italy. 

That’s why no respectable New Yorker would eat Italian food in Little Italy.

But:

Since you’re in the area, why not stop by this trendy shop, (preferably BEFORE you eat like a horse so that you don’t feel bloated) which is known for having in style fashions, at affordable prices.

Affordable garb is a plenty here, and the best part is that you get to avoid the department store hassle while nabbing great clothes for under $50.

What? Not gonna be in New York City any time soon?

No Problem! Necessary Clothing, once a humble Little Italy clothing boutique, is now an online megastore that can ship quality clothes, at discount prices, to women all across the US.

And by discount, I mean less than $20 for a cute dress,

Sigh.

I wish traveling around the globe was that inexpensive. 

Address: 442 Broadway, New York, New York

Hours: Open Monday through Saturday, from 10 am to 8:30 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm.

How to Get There: You could either take the 4, 5, or 6 to Canal Street Station, or the N, Q, R, or W to Canal Street Station.

8. WOODBURY COMMON PREMIUM OUTLETS 

Woodbury Commons makes for the perfect day trip from NYC since you can find designer clothes here for a fraction of their regular, retail price.
Woodbury Commons makes for the perfect day trip from NYC since you can find designer clothes here for a fraction of their regular, retail price.

I love this outlet mall with my whole heart since it’s outdoors, makes a great place to walk around on a nice, sunny day, and just one of the BEST places to do some cheap shopping in New York.

It’s also huge.

Like you need a map so you won’t get lost huge since this mall literally has hundreds of stores.

Seriously, there is an outlet for anything you can imagine, like Gucci, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ugg, Coach, Kate Spade, etc.

So grab a map and plan on making a day of it.

Also:

Wear a pair of uber comfortable sneakers since Woodbury Commons is quite large and requires a fair bit of walking; especially on the weekends when it’s crowded and the parking lots are all full.  

And if you get hungry from all this walking:

They have an amazing food court with delicious restaurants like Shake Shack and Yo Sushi. So no need to brown bag it with your lunch.

 The only down side?

This outlet paradise is located in Central Valley New York, which is about 40 minutes outside the city.

But:

The discount prices make it totally worth the trip.

And if you don’t have a car, not to worry. because there are a ton of tour companies that offer excursions up here.

Just arrive early and stay late because this place isn’t exactly a secret. And I don’t know about you but crowds are just way too peopley for me. 

***If you have some time and want to do a nice day trip from NYC, then definitely check out Sleepy Hollow. Not only does this tiny riverside town have amazing antique shops and vintage clothing shops, but you’ll also be able to enjoy some amazing, riverside views.***

Address: 498 Red Apple Ct, Central Valley, NY 10917, United States

Hours: Open everyday from 9 am to 9 pm.

How to Get There: If you don’t want to take a tour up to Woodbury Commons, you can always take the Woodbury Commons shuttle bus service from Port Authority for $32 round trip.

9. Bloomingdale’s Outlet (Upper West Side)

So:

We’ve all heard of Bloomingdales, AKA “Bloomies” for all the local New Yorkers out there.

I mean:

This store is so hella iconic that their paper shopping bags have been transformed into uber trendy, reusable totes that have the words,“big brown bag” emblazoned on the front (You know you’re store is one of the best places to shop in NYC when people are buying reusable verisons of your disposable bags. LOL).

Yup:

The Bloomingdales brand s so serious that people actually want to buy their reusable shopping bags (Hey Bloomies! If you guys wanna market for me, give me a call!)

But:

That kind of diehard, brand loyalty makes sense when you realize that this NYC merchandise mecca first started in 1872 when the Bloomingdale brothers first started their east side bazaar.

Rather than specializing in the sale of a single item (a practice that was common for retail stores at that time):

The Bloomie bros dared to be different and carried a variety of European-inspired fashions that shoppers could choose from.

Well, not surprisingly:

Their store became SO popular that by the 1950s, Bloomingdales had actually secured a super snazzy location along 5th Avenue, a store that still stands today.

And this store?

Yeah, it’s kind of sort of amazing since it takes up a full city block and is basically NYC shopping divinity.

But the prices?

Yeah, not so great for anyone in NYC shopping on a budget.

And that’s where this super nifty, Bloomingdales Outlet comes in handy.

Located on the Upper West Side:

This outlet store is home to high-quality merchandise at incredibly low prices. And all right in Manhattan!

Seriously, what more could you ask for?

Sure, you’ll have to dig a little bit, but that’s pretty standard for most outlet stores.

Now:

If you do stop by, do NOT expect to find a pair of pants for $5.

Sorry, but that just ain’t gonna happen, not unless you do a little dumpster diving right outside of Bloomies.

Instead:

Expect high-end, designer brands (like Theory, Marc Jacobs, Free People, etc.) to be discounted by about 30%.

However:

If you’re Where’s Waldo level committed to bargain-hunting, then do a little digging and you may just find something that is discounted 50%-80% off the original price.

But wait, it gets better!

This epic Bloomies Outlet also comes with its very own frozen yogurt store, Forty Carrots!

Sitting at the tippity top of the building:

This chic little froyo shop is a fantastic place to stop, recharge your batteries, and indulge in a little bit of dessert deliciousness, just minus all the insanely cumbersome guilt and calories. 

Address: 2085 Broadway, New York, NY

Hours: Open from 10 am to 9 pm Monday through Saturday and from 11 am to 8 pm on Sundays.

How to Get There: Take the 1, 2, 0r 3 train Uptown to the station at 72nd and Broadway.

10. DSW at Union Square

The only thing I love more than shoes are discount shoes from DSW at Union Square. This place is basically like Disney World for shoe lovers.
The only thing I love more than shoes are discount shoes from DSW at Union Square. This place is basically like Disney World for shoe lovers.

Be Honest:

Do your feet hurt after all this walking? If they do then obviously, you need to purchase yourself a new pair of shoes. I mean, it’s a medical imperative.

Or so I tell myself every time I’m in the city and have the sudden urge to visit a bunch of cheap clothing stores in NYC.

But, to save yourself from the slings and arrows of potential buyer’s remorse, let’s make them discount shoes.

Well, then there’s no better place than DSW of course!

Okay, I know DSW isn’t exclusive to NYC, but trust me, their store at Union Square is kind of like a theme park for shoe lovers.

I mean:

Everywhere you turn you’ll see rows upon rows of shoes…and all at discounted prices! 

See, dreams really do come true!

Just stroll on in through the ground floor and you’l find floor after floor of shoes, with big, shiny escalators in the middle to help make shopping even easier.

But:

This DSW is enormous and can be a bit overwhelming. Therefore, let me help you out and share the lay of the land.

Clearance shoes are all the way in the back, dressy heels are in the back right, stylish sneakers and athletic sneakers are in the middle right, and rain boots/men’s shoes are on the left.

Boom. 

You’re now ready to show DSW what you’ve got when it comes to purchasing power.

Address: 40 E 14th St, New York, NY

Hours: Open Monday through Saturday, from 9 am to 10 pm, and Sundays from 10 am to 9 pm.

How to Get There: You could take either the 4 or 5 to Union Square, or the N, Q, R, or W to Union Square.

11. Sample 260 Final Sale

Have you heard of a sample sale?

If not, they’re basically like these amazing, high fashion unicorns that can’t be chased, just found. 

Or, as Google might say:

They’re when designer brands sell trial-run clothing (i.e. samples and prototypes) for a limited time and at a third of their original price. 

However:

Many sample sales today now include overstock/past season merchandise that has been marked-down to production costs (or lower if you’re SUPER lucky).

Typically:

These unicorns of the fashion world are unannounced, pop up sales that usually sell out of merchandise within a few short hours.

No really, sample sales are no joke in NYC, especially among 

People will literally start fist fights and line up at the crack of dawn just for these things since they can include anything from Reformation dresses to Rebecca Minkoff purses to Caroline Constas Gowns to Spiritual Gangster tees.

Now, back in the day:

You needed to be Micheal Kors’ bestie just to get some advance info about these things. But the times, they are a changin’ (Not what Bob Dylan meant, but we’re gonna go with it anyway)! 

Today:

All you need to do is stop by Fashion 260 Final Sale (one location is on the Upper West Side and the other is in Noho), and you’ll find sample sales as far as the eye can see, all day every day!

Yup!

Think sample sale quality goods, at sample sale prices, but without the hassle of dashing around the city to different locations that are, SURPRISE, totally devoid of all fashion awesomeness.

Plus:

You’ll find a wide variety of brands at Fashion 260 Final Sale, with prices that range anywhere between $30 and $300, depending on the item.

And since their stock is constantly changing, you can stop by whenever you want and always find something new.

Yeah, your wallet totally hates me right now.

But legit, this definitely is one of the BEST places to shop in NYC on a budget since it’s like a sample sale, only 10,000 times better than you ever imagined possible (Unless you imagined swan diving into a pool of chocolate and eating it all without gaining a pound. Then sorry but this place isn’t THAT amazing).

Address: 704 Broadway New York, NY (There is also a second location on the Upper West Side).

Hours: Open everyday from 11 am to 7 pm.

How to Get There: Take the 6 train to Astor Place Station.

12. Buffalo Exchange

Buffalo Exchange has multiple locations in New York City and really is one of the best places to shop in NYC on a budget.
Buffalo Exchange has multiple locations in New York City and really is one of the best places to shop in NYC on a budget.

With locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan:

Buffalo Exchange is the place to go if you want to look high fashion but only have the budget of a thrift store diva.

Which is basically 99.9% of NYC’s population since rent is THAT outrageous.

And while this spot is definitely one of the best places to shop in NYC on a budget, it’s also a thrift shop.

As a result:

All the clothes on sale here have had previous owners, so be prepared.

However:

It’s not unusual to find items here that still have their original tags. So, at least it sort of feels like for real shopping (like at an actual store with new clothes).

But:

You could always say that the clothes here are “pre-owned” if that makes you feel any better about thrift shoppin’ like a boss.

Plus:

Unlike most thrift shoppin’ meccas, Buffalo Exchange actually specializes in fast fashion, or clothing that has been released within the last two or three years.

Therefore:

Expect to find a ton of current pieces from brands like Zara, H&M, and American Eagle, and more.

Trust me:

The clothes here won’t make you look like you crawled out of some wonky time warp where white, pleather bell bottoms are the height of fashion.

However:

Be prepared to sift through a ton of duds since most people don’t want these things for a reason. Trust me, they didn’t give their clothes away because they were AMAZING.

Yet:

If you come armed with a bit of patience, and a splash of determination, you can walk away with some truly unique pieces that make you feel like a high roller, even if you can’t spend like one (That’s me! Fiscally irresponsible, party of one).

Address: 323 East 11th Street, New York, NY (But there is also one location in Brooklyn and another on West 26th Street)

Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm and on Sundays from 12 pm to 7 pm.

How to Get There: Take the L train and get off at 1st Avenue Station!

13. L Train Vintage

Everyone loves a good thrift store.

And even if you don’t, L Train Vintage will definitely change your mind.

Because believe it or not:

L Train Vintage is actually part of a larger, thrift-store chain, that owns and operates multiple second-hand shops throughout NYC; places like No Relation Vintage, Village Style, and Vice Versa Vintage, just to name a few.

So, feel free to take your dollars to any one of their many locations.

Because not only is thrifting a sustainable and super “woke” way to build your wardrobe, but it’s also an incredibly budget-friendly way to get truly one of a kind pieces.

Plus:

L Train is a family-owned business.

So:

Shopping here comes with a super sweet, feel-good discount too since you’re supporting small, local businesses! Am I right?

But seriously:

Their buyers travel all around the US in an effort to provide their customers with the HIGHEST quality, second-hand, vintage merch.

And trust me:

That’s not a claim that anyone would make lightly, especially since lawsuits are a VERY real thing up here in NYC.

Now:

Since thrift stores cater to shoppers with many different fashion styles, what you can expect from L Train Vintage is something along the lines of a mint condition, denim Gap jacket, for around $5 or less.

So:

The name of the game here is affordability and quality.

And since all the cool kids from Manhattan to Brooklyn are doing it, you’ll fit right in while thrifting your little heart out.

And yes:

Both you and your wallet can thank me later.

Address: 629 Grand Street Brooklyn, NY

Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 12 pm to 7:45 pm.

How to Get There: The closest subway stations to L Train Vintage are the Grand St station, Lorimer St station, and Graham Av station. And you can get to all of these stations by, not-so-surprisingly, taking the L train.

14. Crossroads Trading Company

Embrace your inner Macklemore and start thrift shopping it up at Crossroads Trading Company in NYC.
Embrace your inner Macklemore and start thrift shopping it up at Crossroads Trading Company in NYC.

This incredibly popular thrift store originally started in California and now has locations all across the United States.

And even though this store isn’t unique to NYC:

It’s still worth checking out since they carry tons of once loved, and still very much in style, clothing items.

Seriously:

The pieces here are next-level awesome, meaning that many common thrifting annoyances (you know, like sifting through racks of clothing for hours, just to find a single, diamond in the rough) are pretty much non-existent here.

Now:

To procure all of this epic merchandise, Crossroads actually accepts pre-owned goods from private individuals.

But:

Their standards of quality are very high, ensuring that nothing is out of style and that everything is in great condition.

So, if you still think thrifting isn’t for you:

Then think again, cos at Crossroads, you can score high-end designer-labels and at incredibly low prices.

I mean:

You can actually get none other than YSL sneakers for just $55!

And if you’re really lucky:

You might even be able to find one of the most coveted accessories in the entire fashion world, a chain strapped, quilted, Chanel handbag, for just $800!

But:

If you’re like me and don’t actually have your own trust fund, then Chanel may still be just a bit out of your reach.

That’s why:

Their EPIC discounts are really where it’s at!

Therefore:

You can expect to pay between $5 and $50 for pre-owned items, from popular brands, whenever you stop by one of the best places to shop in NYC on a budget.

Address: West 26th Street (Flatiron District, Manhattan) or North 7th Street (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm and Sundays from 11 am to 7 pm (these hours apply to both locations).

How to Get There: To get to the Manhattan location, your closest stop will be the 28th and Broadway station via the N, R, Q lines. To get to the Brooklyn location, take the G train to the Bedford Avenue station.

15. Cure Thrift Shop

If you’re looking for quirky, one of a kind, vintage pieces, then I’m delighted to say that you’ve just found them at Cure Thrift Shop.

Just walk inside and you’ll be greeted by an eclectic assortment of vintage jewelry cases, furniture, typewriters, antique cash registers, and sewing machines.

And all in working order, just in case you were wondering.

But let’s be real:

As interesting as all of those items are, you’re probably NOT in the market for an old cash register (apologies if you are)!

So:

If you’re looking for something a bit more practical, then head down to the basement and let the REAL shopping spree begin.

Because:

Once downstairs, you’ll find racks upon racks of clothing, and bookcases filled with shoes that you can easily scour through since everything at Cure Thrift Shop is donated in near-mint condition.

And added bonus?

They have a wide selection of merchandise here that caters to a variety of different styles (from vintage to more trendy pieces) since diversity is the name of the game here.

And yes:

The customer service really is outstanding.

But buyer beware:

Because while most items here are clear steals, you may encounter a few pieces that might be near retail price.

Don’t let that scare you away though.

Because all of those hard-earned dollars that you spend here are donated to the Diabetes Research Institute.

Plus:

Twice a year, Cure Thrift Shop hosts an epic, ‘$15 anything you can fit into this bag’ event, where you can pay just $15 for, you guessed it, anything that you can fit inside the single bag that they give you.

See:

Capitalism at its very finest.

Address: 111 E 12th Street between 3rd Ave & 4th Ave

Hours: Open Monday through Sunday from 12 pm to 9 pm.

How to Get There: Just take the L train to the 3rd Avenue Station.

16. Vintage Thrift Shop

If you're looking for quality, vintage furniture then Vintage Thrift Shop is the place to go in NYC.
If you’re looking for quality, vintage furniture then Vintage Thrift Shop is the place to go in NYC.

Guys…we’ve been #blessed with not one, but two, separate locations for this budget shopper’s paradise in NYC.

Plus:

Not only is Vintage Thrift Shop a total gem of a place, but all the proceeds here also go directly to the United Jewish Council of the East Side.

As if shopping second hand wasn’t something to feel good about in and of itself.

And:

Since everything in Vintage Thrift Shop is donated, be prepared to do some digging if you want to find some seriously MINT items to add to your wardrobe.

But:

Once you do find that ultimate fashion must-have that you’ve been dreaming about, you’ll be in total, discount shoppers paradise since rumor has it that someone actually found a vintage, Yves Saint Laurent blouse here for just $12 (at the Gramercy location).

Meanwhile:

You can expect their West Village location to be just a bit pricier, with Fendi purses here selling for about $95 (which is still a total bargain).

Just a word of warning though:

A lot of their merchandise, which consists of both designer and non-designer items, does tend to get moved around a lot.

So:

If you do find something that you love here, be sure to grab it!

PSST:

If you’re looking for more designer finds, then their West Village location is where you want to be!

Plus:

In addition to divine apparel, Vintage Thrift Shop also carries a ton of vintage furniture, making it the perfect place to browse for home decor, art, and various other antiquities.

Address:

286 Third Avenue, between 22 & 23 Streets (Gramercy), and 242 West 10th Street, between Bleecker & Hudson (West Village)

Hours: Open Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, Fridays from 11:00 am to sunset, and Sundays from 11:00 am to – 6 pm (West Village).

Note:Both the Gramercy and West Village locations are closed on Saturdays.

How to Get There: To get to the Gramercy location, take the 4,5,6 to the E 26th st station. For the West Village location, take the 1,2, or 3 train to the Christopher Street Station.

17. 10 ft. Single By Stella Dallas

A slice of reasonably priced vintage heaven:

10 ft. Single By Stella Dallas is your go-to vintage thrift store if you find yourself in the ever trendy neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Now:

Don’t let the modest storefront fool you because once inside, you’ll find the most glorious (and abundant) selection of vintage clothing and knick-knacks that you ever did see.

Take some time to puruse through the racks:

And you’ll see a carefully curated selection of 60s and 80s era clothing that is perfectly balanced out by a slightly random selection of old-time, western finds.

So:

If digging through piles of clothing, in search of retail buried treasure, is your thing then this unique store will not disappoint.

And while getting incredible discounts on everyday apparel is great, the real appeal of this store is their backroom.

Before you enter though:

Be aware of the fact that everything in their backroom is a little pricier, but for good reason since all of these items are truly one of a kind pieces, featuring vintage military garments, old school letterman jackets, golden age era fur coats, and so much more.

And while you may not be interested in adding such items to your wardrobe:

A trip to the back room is still uber-fun since it’s like visiting this awsome, vintage fashion museum, where touching and trying things on is totally encouraged.

FYI:

The pricing here follows the layout of the store, with everything getting progressively more expensive as you move towards the rear of the shop.

Address: 285 North 6th Street

Hours: Open Monday through Sunday from 12 pm to 7:30 pm.

How to Get There:

You can either take the G train to Metropolitan Avenue Station or the L train to the Lorimer Street Station.

A Super Fun, Interactive Map to Help You Find 17 of the Best Places to Shop in NYC on a Budget!

TADA (Insert jazz hands here)! There you have it, my local’s guide to 17 of the most amazing discount stores in all of New York City.

These stores are the perfect place to do any and all of your bargain shopping in New York City.

So if you’re broke but still want to look like a total baller, then use this list to find any and all discount stores near you.

And if this post has you jonesing for an impulsive, travel fueled shopping spree, then pin this now and read it again later. Pretty please with sugar on top!

Looking to do some budget shopping in NYC? Then check out this local's guide to all of the best discount stores and thrift shops in New York City. #NYCshopping #discountshopping #BudgetNYC #NYCtravel #NYCstores
Looking to do some budget shopping in NYC? Then check out this local's guide to all of the best discount stores and thrift shops in New York City. #NYCshopping #discountshopping #BudgetNYC #NYCtravel #NYCstores
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