Discount shopping in the Big Apple
Century 21, by Shannen
Fifth Avenue is one of New York’s most iconic – and expensive – shopping streets. When I called New York City home, one of my favourite weekend activities was to walk through Central Park, then wander down Fifth Avenue, window shopping to my heart’s content. Yes, window shopping, For those fresh out of school, shopping on Fifth is a bit of a distant pipe dream, unless you go to stores like Gap and Banana Republic.
However, for those without deep pockets, never fear as New York City has plenty to offer as well. Perhaps my second favourite weekend activity was to go for brunch with friends, usually somewhere below Union Square. Then I’d head over to Bowery Street to browse through the kitchen supply stores. Again, this was mostly window shopping for me because my kitchen was smaller than a closet. But still, a girl can dream.
When I first moved to New York and had to buy a thousand and one things to transform that dreary apartment with lime green walls into some semblance of a home, K-Mart was my best friend. Without a Walmart in the city, and without a car, K-Mart was the next best option. That and Century 21 near Wall Street, where I got a set of 300+ thread count Egyptian cotton sheets for a song.
Everyone says that New York is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Rent-wise, that may be true, but when it comes to shopping, there are plenty of places to get some bargains. You just have to know where to look.