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The Ten Best Stores for Shopping on a Budget in NYC

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We don't need to tell you how expensive it is to live in the city. After all the bills are paid and the happy hour drinks are downed, you're probably looking in your wallet and not seeing much room for shopping.

But that doesn't mean you're doomed to repeat your wardrobe staples for the rest of the foreseeable future. We've rounded up what we think are the best shops in the city for cute clothing, shoes, and accessories that won't make you dip into your savings account. Click on the link below to check out our map, and get started on planning what you'll do with all that leftover cash.—Laura Gurfein


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1. teddy

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202 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(212) 875-0500
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Though the Upper West isn't known for its cheap haunts, this branch of the Brooklyn-based boutique has inexpensive-yet-chic finds from brands like BB Dakota and Blue Bird, alongside the store's own label. New York Magazine even listed them in its "Best of New York" guide last year. [Photo]

2. Darling

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1 Horatio St
New York, NY 10014
(646) 336-6966
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Make this your first stop for finding a dress on a budget and it'll likely be your last. Labels you'll find here include Eva Franco and Dolce Vita, among plenty others. [Photo]

3. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

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126 Crosby St.
New York, NY 10012
(212) 334-3324
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Maybe you've traded in real books in favor of e-book pricing, but head to this New York City staple to find discounted titles—you never know what you'll find. Added motivation? All proceeds benefit HIV/AIDS-related issues and awareness. [Photo]

4. American Apparel SoHo Factory Outlet

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285 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 675-2360
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For styles that didn't quite make it to the regular stores, head to the American Apparel factory outlet to find basically the same merchandise at discounted prices. Expect some extra zany, shiny, and stretchy pieces. [Photo]

5. Warby Parker

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121 Greene St
New York, NY 10012
(646) 568-3720
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Warby Parker's first full-fledged brick-and-mortar shop sells frames for prescription lenses and sunnies starting at just $95. They're always rolling out new styles as well, including this collection inspired by Coney Island.

6. Galeria Melissa

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102 Greene St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 775-1950
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The brand that brought jelly shoes back to the fashion forefront is wonderfully affordable. Scoop up some flip flops starting at $50, or the most comfortable flats ever starting at $65. [Photo by Brian Harkin]

7. Beacon's Closet

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92 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 486-0816
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When you need to think cheap, think resale. Need to expand your budget even further? Just sell your own clothes for cash or store credit. [Photo: Beacon's Closet]

8. O.N.A.

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593A Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 783-0630
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In Magdalena Jaworska's Prospect Heights standout boutique, you'll find a mix of affordable Brooklyn-based brands, as well as bigger labels like Dolce Vita. Don't miss out on petting the store sidekick, Pizza—that extra perk comes totally free. [Photo by William Chan]

9. Babel Fair

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260 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10012
(646) 360-3685
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1. teddy

202 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Though the Upper West isn't known for its cheap haunts, this branch of the Brooklyn-based boutique has inexpensive-yet-chic finds from brands like BB Dakota and Blue Bird, alongside the store's own label. New York Magazine even listed them in its "Best of New York" guide last year. [Photo]
202 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217

2. Darling

1 Horatio St, New York, NY 10014
Make this your first stop for finding a dress on a budget and it'll likely be your last. Labels you'll find here include Eva Franco and Dolce Vita, among plenty others. [Photo]
1 Horatio St
New York, NY 10014

3. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

126 Crosby St., New York, NY 10012
Maybe you've traded in real books in favor of e-book pricing, but head to this New York City staple to find discounted titles—you never know what you'll find. Added motivation? All proceeds benefit HIV/AIDS-related issues and awareness. [Photo]
126 Crosby St.
New York, NY 10012

4. American Apparel SoHo Factory Outlet

285 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
For styles that didn't quite make it to the regular stores, head to the American Apparel factory outlet to find basically the same merchandise at discounted prices. Expect some extra zany, shiny, and stretchy pieces. [Photo]
285 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012

5. Warby Parker

121 Greene St, New York, NY 10012
Warby Parker's first full-fledged brick-and-mortar shop sells frames for prescription lenses and sunnies starting at just $95. They're always rolling out new styles as well, including this collection inspired by Coney Island.
121 Greene St
New York, NY 10012

6. Galeria Melissa

102 Greene St, New York, NY 10012
The brand that brought jelly shoes back to the fashion forefront is wonderfully affordable. Scoop up some flip flops starting at $50, or the most comfortable flats ever starting at $65. [Photo by Brian Harkin]
102 Greene St
New York, NY 10012

7. Beacon's Closet

92 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
When you need to think cheap, think resale. Need to expand your budget even further? Just sell your own clothes for cash or store credit. [Photo: Beacon's Closet]
92 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217

8. O.N.A.

593A Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
In Magdalena Jaworska's Prospect Heights standout boutique, you'll find a mix of affordable Brooklyn-based brands, as well as bigger labels like Dolce Vita. Don't miss out on petting the store sidekick, Pizza—that extra perk comes totally free. [Photo by William Chan]
593A Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

9. Babel Fair

260 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012
260 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10012