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Real Grownup Apartment Status isn't achieved through tossing that futon (or at least sticking a throw pillow over its wine stains), or finally trading in your Ikea 'Lack' coffee table for something with fewer Sharpied-over scratches—that state is reached by buying art. Luckily, New Yorkers are surrounded by some of the country's best galleries. Unluckily, most of the pieces in those galleries are soul-crushingly expensive. That's why we've rounded up 14 of our favorite places to shop for affordable prints, photos, paintings, wall hangings, sculptures, and more—from home goods stores with excellent selections of original works, to museum gift shops and Lower East Side print collectives.

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1. Mixed Greens Gallery

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531 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001
(212) 331-8888
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This gallery specializes in original works by emerging contemporary American artists, meaning the prices aren’t rock bottom. But for significantly less than the cost of an ‘It’ bag (aka, around the $1000 mark) you can pick up a piece that’s way cooler than your typical over-the-couch fare. [Photo]

2. Printed Matter

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195 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 925-0325
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Printed Matter is a go-to for rare art books and limited-run zines, but the Chelsea shop also carries a top notch selection of posters. The non-profit bookstore often raises money through the sale of editioned artworks, and heavy-hitters like Richard Prince, Kiki Smith, and Cindy Sherman are just a few of the artists who have contributed exclusive prints. [Photo]

3. Love, Adorned

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269 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 431-5683
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This spot is a no-brainer for fine jewelry, but Love Adorned also has a stellar art selection for those with a boho bent. On a recent trip, we spotted mobiles by Heather Levine and Michele Quan’s ceramic wall hangings and decorative daggers. [Photo: Driely S. for Racked]

4. The Evolution Store

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120 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 343-1114
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Bypass the skulls and taxidermy and head to the poster section, where you’ll find reprints of European botanical and zoological educational charts from the ‘50s and ‘60s. [Photo]

5. Other Criteria

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458 Broome Street, New York
NY, 10013
(646) 762-0123
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Yes, this store is run by Damien Hirst, an artist not exactly known for his affordability (diamond-encrusted skulls don’t come cheap). But Other Criteria also serves as a showcase for works by Hirst’s lesser-known pals. A recent visit turned up Confetti System garlands, frame-worthy Peregrine Honig scarves, and silicone sculptures by Jane Simpson. [Photo: Driely S. for Racked]

6. Object_ify 139

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Object_ify 139 bills itself as an “art object store,” meaning it specializes in the delightfully nonfunctional. Stop by to browse fur drink koozies, candles that double as sculptures, and a rotating collection of super-affordable prints by up-and-coming artists. [Photo]

7. Coming Soon

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37 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 226-4548
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Orchard Street’s Coming Soon traffics in home goods, but wedged between the reupholstered ‘70s Italian furniture and enamel saucepans you’ll find decorative treasures like Chen & Kai wall hangings, geodes with tiny sculptures hidden inside, and obsidian pyramids. [Photo: Driely S. for Racked]

8. Whisper Editions

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South Street Seaport newcomer Whisper Editions taps artists and designers to create limited-run products, which run the gamut from gold-dipped feather wall hangings to moody surf photo prints. [Photo]

9. The Noguchi Museum

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9-01 33rd Road
Queens, NY 11106
(718) 204-7088
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Minimalists can go nuts (in a restrained sort of way) at the Noguchi Museum gift shop. The Long Island City spot is home to its namesake’s pared-down light sculptures, as well as an array of abstract Japanese prints. [Photo ]

10. Pierogi Gallery

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177 North 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 599-2144
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Williamsburg’s Pierogi gallery is famous for its flat files—chests of drawers full of drawings, paintings, photos and prints, most of which are under $400. Stop by, slip on some white gloves, and get digging, or browse a selection of the works online. [Photo ]

11. Beam

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240 Kent Avenue #18
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(646) 450-1469
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Beam's buyers favor $20 slap-in-the-face motivational posters (sample slogan: "Constantly fucking challenge yourself."), framed parakeet wings ($420), and laser-cut wood prints ($195). The Williamsburg shop is also home to an impressive collection of neon signs and decorative plates worthy of a spot on your home gallery wall. [Photo: Driely S. for Racked]

12. Fuego 718

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249 Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 302-2913
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Fuego 718 specializes in Mexican folk art, but the Williamsburg shop also carries Italian Milagros, Peruvian wall hangings, and metal sculptures from Haiti. If El Dia de los Muertos imagery is your thing, there are hundreds of figurines, dioramas, and painted Papier-mâché skulls to browse. [Photo]

13. Grey Area

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165 Clermont Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(347) 799-1155
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Founded by Kyle DeWoody and Artlog’s Manish Vora, Grey Area specializes in everyday objects interpreted through an arty lens. New additions to the Fort Greene showroom include silk-screened skateboards (meant for displaying, not riding), splatter-paint-covered paper fans, and resin blocks studded with suspended pills. [Photo]

14. Collyer's Mansion

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368 Stratford Rd
Brooklyn, NY 11218
(347) 240-2227
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This Ditmas Park home goods shop is named after two legendary hoarders, so it's only fitting that it's packed to the rafters with art. Expect to find original abstract paintings by Maya Strauss, framed Coral and Tusk embroideries, and photo collages by Emily Johnston. There are plenty of pieces in the $150 to $500 range, although some original works do pass the $1,000 mark. [Photo: Driely S. for Racked]

1. Mixed Greens Gallery

531 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001
This gallery specializes in original works by emerging contemporary American artists, meaning the prices aren’t rock bottom. But for significantly less than the cost of an ‘It’ bag (aka, around the $1000 mark) you can pick up a piece that’s way cooler than your typical over-the-couch fare. [Photo]
531 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001

2. Printed Matter

195 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011
Printed Matter is a go-to for rare art books and limited-run zines, but the Chelsea shop also carries a top notch selection of posters. The non-profit bookstore often raises money through the sale of editioned artworks, and heavy-hitters like Richard Prince, Kiki Smith, and Cindy Sherman are just a few of the artists who have contributed exclusive prints. [Photo]
195 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011

3. Love, Adorned

269 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012
This spot is a no-brainer for fine jewelry, but Love Adorned also has a stellar art selection for those with a boho bent. On a recent trip, we spotted mobiles by Heather Levine and Michele Quan’s ceramic wall hangings and decorative daggers. [Photo: Driely S. for Racked]
269 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10012

4. The Evolution Store

120 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
Bypass the skulls and taxidermy and head to the poster section, where you’ll find reprints of European botanical and zoological educational charts from the ‘50s and ‘60s. [Photo]
120 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

5. Other Criteria

458 Broome Street, New York, NY, 10013
Yes, this store is run by Damien Hirst, an artist not exactly known for his affordability (diamond-encrusted skulls don’t come cheap). But Other Criteria also serves as a showcase for works by Hirst’s lesser-known pals. A recent visit turned up Confetti System garlands, frame-worthy Peregrine Honig scarves, and silicone sculptures by Jane Simpson. [Photo: Driely S. for Racked]
458 Broome Street, New York
NY, 10013

6. Object_ify 139

139 Essex St New York, NY 10002
Object_ify 139 bills itself as an “art object store,” meaning it specializes in the delightfully nonfunctional. Stop by to browse fur drink koozies, candles that double as sculptures, and a rotating collection of super-affordable prints by up-and-coming artists. [Photo]

7. Coming Soon

37 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
Orchard Street’s Coming Soon traffics in home goods, but wedged between the reupholstered ‘70s Italian furniture and enamel saucepans you’ll find decorative treasures like Chen & Kai wall hangings, geodes with tiny sculptures hidden inside, and obsidian pyramids. [Photo: Driely S. for Racked]
37 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002

8. Whisper Editions

8 Fulton St New York, NY 10038
South Street Seaport newcomer Whisper Editions taps artists and designers to create limited-run products, which run the gamut from gold-dipped feather wall hangings to moody surf photo prints. [Photo]

9. The Noguchi Museum

9-01 33rd Road, Queens, NY 11106
Minimalists can go nuts (in a restrained sort of way) at the Noguchi Museum gift shop. The Long Island City spot is home to its namesake’s pared-down light sculptures, as well as an array of abstract Japanese prints. [Photo ]
9-01 33rd Road
Queens, NY 11106

10. Pierogi Gallery

177 North 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Williamsburg’s Pierogi gallery is famous for its flat files—chests of drawers full of drawings, paintings, photos and prints, most of which are under $400. Stop by, slip on some white gloves, and get digging, or browse a selection of the works online. [Photo ]
177 North 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

11. Beam

240 Kent Avenue #18, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Beam's buyers favor $20 slap-in-the-face motivational posters (sample slogan: "Constantly fucking challenge yourself."), framed parakeet wings ($420), and laser-cut wood prints ($195). The Williamsburg shop is also home to an impressive collection of neon signs and decorative plates worthy of a spot on your home gallery wall. [Photo: Driely S. for Racked]
240 Kent Avenue #18
Brooklyn, NY 11249

12. Fuego 718

249 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Fuego 718 specializes in Mexican folk art, but the Williamsburg shop also carries Italian Milagros, Peruvian wall hangings, and metal sculptures from Haiti. If El Dia de los Muertos imagery is your thing, there are hundreds of figurines, dioramas, and painted Papier-mâché skulls to browse. [Photo]
249 Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

13. Grey Area

165 Clermont Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205
Founded by Kyle DeWoody and Artlog’s Manish Vora, Grey Area specializes in everyday objects interpreted through an arty lens. New additions to the Fort Greene showroom include silk-screened skateboards (meant for displaying, not riding), splatter-paint-covered paper fans, and resin blocks studded with suspended pills. [Photo]
165 Clermont Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

14. Collyer's Mansion

368 Stratford Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11218
This Ditmas Park home goods shop is named after two legendary hoarders, so it's only fitting that it's packed to the rafters with art. Expect to find original abstract paintings by Maya Strauss, framed Coral and Tusk embroideries, and photo collages by Emily Johnston. There are plenty of pieces in the $150 to $500 range, although some original works do pass the $1,000 mark. [Photo: Driely S. for Racked]
368 Stratford Rd
Brooklyn, NY 11218