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Welcome to Drunk Shopping! Our new feature celebrates the time-honored tradition of getting totally wasted while the sun's still shining before buying a bunch of debatably useful stuff that the sober you would be too timid or too restrained to take home. Each Friday we'll cobble together a new itinerary starting you off with a boozy Saturday or Sunday brunch before meandering through a few neighboring retailers and happy hours notable for seasonal specials, limited time availability, fantastic deals, recent openings, or new shipments.
The sun is shining. The credit cards are singing. Let's get loaded and buy some stuff! Follow us back to the Lower East Side this weekend—we have a pretty optimistic itinerary in store so you'll need to be properly fueled. Three-free-cocktails-with-brunch-for-$18 fueled, that is. Start at Essex where you can go Jewish with potato pancakes or a bialy-decorating kit or go south of the border with any number of chorizo-flecked options. Either way, wash it down with screwdrivers, mimosas or Bloody Marys. Just get there early to beat the crowds, and don't dilly dally because the fourth drink ain't free and we have a lot of ground to cover.
First, head south on Essex. The Hester Street Fair opens this weekend and organizers are hoping to give Brooklyn Flea a run for its money. Check the vendors: If Gargyle consistently eludes you with their limited hours, you can pick up Fred Perry gear and Karen Walker shades at their booth. As yet, the roster seems heavier on foodie fodder than straight up shopping, but while trolling you might run into co-founder and former MTV News host SuChin Pak, so that's something!
Time to move on: Head west, then take a right on Orchard Street. Any Old Iron beckons with an assortment of dandy-punk British menswear, and what wasted male shopper doesn't need a sequined blazer? Further up Orchard, pop into the Fix, a "pop-up fashion house" brought to you by the premier purveyors of hip at Greenpoint's Alter. Rock-inspired vintage clothing and accessories are the draw, and everything is under $100.
It's probably late enough to hit a bar and replenish your blood alcohol content (and take a bathroom break). One block east is Motor City, and the faux-dive celebration of rock 'n' roll automobilia has a daily happy hour. Two-for-one wine and wells: A second drink? Only if you insist.
Now skedaddle. A pebble's throw away is Plum, a downtown destination for hip, unfussy womenswear from indie designers like Gina DeSilva, Ralph & Duchess, and Daftbird. Sadly, their brick-and-mortar operation is closing; but that means major markdowns with prices topping out at only $150. Next, follow Stanton towards the river and hit Convent. Brand-spanking new, this little shop is chock full of quietly goth trend-wear by under-exposed international designers. Everyone can use a little leopard print, and the prices are pretty friendly. Speaking of friendly prices, head back to Rivington for Narnia's big sale on their signature vintage and antique clothing—prices start at only $20!
Well, that was exhausting. And, hey, you're right back where you started so you might as well get back to drinking. The Magician is open for business and they pour wine like it's apple juice. It'll be the best $3 you ever spend, trust. And you can't toast all those new, vaguely-recalled purchases with a cup of tea, now can you?
Enjoy! And please do share your Drunk Shopping tips, tales, and war stories in the comments!
· Fleas Hither and Tither [City Room]
· Hester Street Fair [Official Site]
· Any Old Iron Packs a Small Space With Exclusive British Menswear [Racked NY]
· The Fix [Official Site]
· Lower East Side Boutique Plum Gets Cooked [Racked NY]
· Almost-Goth Convent Brings Easy Shopping to Stanton [Racked NY]
· Dealfeed: Narnia [Racked NY]
· Drunk Shopping [Racked NY]