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New York City has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our fantastic city that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.
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Julie Bensman is the Entertainment Editor at Niche Media, where she books the celebrity covers and feature stories for magazines like Gotham, Hamptons, and Ocean Drive. And since her full-time day job isn't enough for her type-A personality, she also oversees all of the publication's fashion shoots and acts as editor-at-large for The Fashion Spot, where she develops and executes partnerships, writes celebrity interviews, and manages her weekly column.
I'm a consignment junkie. Nearly half of my closet is comprised of thrift scores—from old-school leather messenger bags to vintage blazers, worn-in riding boots to my favorite hammered metal cuff. When I found out Décor NYC, a consignment furniture store, was opening around the corner from my Chelsea apartment, I was so excited I requested a meeting before they even unlocked their doors (the perks of being an editor, I suppose).
The space is huge, but owner Bruce Tilley has curated it with little vignettes that kind of absorb you into a different place and time, and make it that much more manageable to browse. They have this antique metal and leather rocking chair stuffed with horsehair—horsehair!—that's basically the sickest thing you've ever seen. I try to adjust my walking route to swing by every week, since the merchandise is always rotating. You MUST go in and take a peek for yourself, if only to daydream about how you'll decorate your future apartment when you peace out of your shoebox studio.· Décor NYC [Official Site]
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