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In the '90s, Avis Cardella was a real-life Carrie Bradshaw: A freelance writer with fabulous clothes and an on-and-off romance with a wealthy businessman. But while Carrie's improbable wardrobe was provided by HBO, Cardella filled her closet during mad binges at Bergdorf and Barneys, where she'd go into a panicky trance and re-emerge hours later having done unspeakable things to her credit rating. In her memoir Spent, Cardella writes frankly about her shopping addiction, which she traces to deep-rooted emotional problems stemming from the death of her mother. Her 90's life sounds fabulous on the surface, but the guilt, unhappiness, and piles of debt she describes as side effects of her condition will make you (briefly) never want to enter a store again.

Nowadays, Cardella has recovered, but she was still willing to give us a list of her danger stores—the New York boutiques that wreaked the most havoc on her bank account. Some have closed; others, like Takashimaya, are on their way out. Still, proceed with caution: These places are pure trouble.

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1. Bergdorf Goodman

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745 5th Ave
New York, NY 10022

2. Barneys New York

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660 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10065

3. Bloomingdale's

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1000 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10022

4. Linda Dresner

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484 Park Ave
New York, NY 10022

5. AEFFE Showroom

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30 W 56th St
New York, NY 10019

6. Takashimaya

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693 5th Ave
New York, NY 10022

7. Housing Works

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157 W 17th St
New York, NY 10011

8. Sigerson Morrison

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28 Prince St
New York, NY 10012

9. Issey Miyake

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802 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10065

10. Patricia Field

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11. Charivari

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18 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019

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1. Bergdorf Goodman

745 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022
745 5th Ave
New York, NY 10022

2. Barneys New York

660 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10065
660 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10065

3. Bloomingdale's

1000 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022
1000 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10022

4. Linda Dresner

484 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022
484 Park Ave
New York, NY 10022

5. AEFFE Showroom

30 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019
30 W 56th St
New York, NY 10019

6. Takashimaya

693 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022
693 5th Ave
New York, NY 10022

7. Housing Works

157 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011
157 W 17th St
New York, NY 10011

8. Sigerson Morrison

28 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
28 Prince St
New York, NY 10012

9. Issey Miyake

802 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10065
802 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10065

10. Patricia Field

11. Charivari

18 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019
18 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019