Best shops near the Forest Hills-71st Ave subway station

Discount designer duds and vintage finds are only a E, F, M, or R train ride away.

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  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Fox's

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    Instant Replay

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    Lady Love

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    Soleil

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    Dmitry

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    Jacklyn's Boutique

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    Stoa

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    Laytner's Linen and Home

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    Maiko

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Fox's

Fox’s

  • Price band: 2/4
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You can stop by this discount designer destination every day and always find something new—the selection of clothing and accessories from far-flung locales such as France and Italy is updated constantly, thanks to this store’s lucky proximity to the company warehouse in Mineola. Sales associates—who often have their own clientele lists—can call other branches for a different size or color should you need it. If you’re in the market for deeply discounted clothing from designers like Vince Camuto, Michael Kors, Cluny and Cynthia Steffe, this is the place to go: We saw Marc by Marc Jacobs T-shirts ($39–$49, slashed from $68–$88) and Rachel Roy blazers in black and tobacco hues ($79, down from $169).

  1. 70-39 Austin St, (between Continental Ave and 70th Rd)
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Instant Replay

  • Price band: 4/4
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Lodged between an optical store and a children’s boutique, this unassuming vintage shop has no awning and no sign in the window—only piles of handbags and jewelry. Once you step inside and look past the racks of clothes, you may find yourself drawn to the wall of purses that hang behind owner Marc Pine’s counter. Local women frequent this 35-year-old store to bring in old and new Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci and Prada bags for Pine to inspect, authenticate and sell. Prices for the designer arm candy can range anywhere from $100 for Coach and Dooney & Bourke satchels to more than $3,000 for Chanel. Vuitton luggage pieces ($850) are also available. In addition to bags, Pine has collected about 50,000 examples of costume jewelry, starting at $10 for earrings and going up to $30,000 for vintage gold and diamond items. Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off handbags through May 1.

  1. 72-20 Austin St, (between Ascan Ave and 72nd Rd)
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Lady Love

  • Price band: 2/4
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Lisa Jaume opened her accents shop two years ago with the intention of bringing elegance and femininity back into the shopping experience. Women of all ages browse the vintage-inspired wares, surrounded by retro prints and sketches on the wall, with smooth jazz playing in the background. Jaume’s eclectic, girlish selection includes high-heel wine caddies ($45–$48), Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe prints ($44), Scandal bustier-topped nail polishes ($8.99) and earrings from Dancing with the Stars jeweler Anne Koplik ($20–$90). Shoppers often comment on the sweet smell in the air, and Jaume is quick to point them toward its source—Illume Pomegranate Aromatic Reed Diffusers ($29). Mention TONY to receive 15 percent off through May 1.

  1. 71-63 Austin St, (at 72nd Ave)
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Soleil

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The Old World vibe of this home-goods, clothing and accessories boutique invites you to bring back a piece of an exotic destination, without traveling very far. In the front room, try on clothing fit for a tropical vacation, such as house-brand crochet sundresses ($45) and cotton tunics ($49), or browse an array of small home-decor pieces, including colorful blown-glass champagne flutes ($50) and Italian painted-marble coasters (set of four for $42). Walk through a brick archway to the back room, where you can consider higher-priced items such as drop-leaf, round dining tables ($1,999) and Tiffany lamps ($460).

  1. 71-43 Austin St , (between 71st Rd and 72nd Ave)
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Dmitry

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If you see a tie you like here, you’d better buy it quick—Naples-born designer and store owner Dmitry Toscano switches out his patterns every month. Hanging beneath black-and-white photos of Italian cities is his extensive collection of 100 percent silk neckwear ($52). The light-blue solid and polka-dot ties are popular with those in the corporate scene, while Toscano’s skinnier styles attract the well-dressed cool crowd. And just past the Vespa parked in the middle of the store is a wall of Italian designer Lorenzo Uomo’s colorful socks ($14). Though this store is mostly for men, ladies can scope the bright neck scarves ($10) and Nesti Dante soaps ($12). If you feel the need to buy more than one of something,  you’ll save some money, too: Everything is priced both individually and as duos or trios (e.g., two soaps for $20 or three ties for $99). Mention TONY to receive 25 percent off ties through May 1.

  1. 72 -28 Austin St , (between Ascan Ave and 72nd Rd)
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Jacklyn’s Boutique

This neighborhood favorite offers a treasure trove of luxury duds that have been whittled down to at least 20 percent off their original hefty tags. Among the random assortment, we spotted a Bailey 44 body-con black leather dress ($329),
a Winter Kate bustier ($219) and Current/Elliott straight-leg jeans ($230). Accessories are a highlight, including on-trend pieces such as Dolce Vita high-heel chukkas ($179) and a
Rebecca Minkoff studded mini-duffel purse ($439).

  1. 71-50 Austin St, (between 71st Rd and 72nd Ave)

Stoa

  • Price band: 3/4
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Owners Marie Sinanian and Rena Monogenis opened this jewelry shop in 1972, continuously adding to their unique offerings during their European travels; spots in Switzerland, Greece and Poland are among their sources. Styles range from romantic silver chandelier earrings ($125) to edgy amethyst and silver-spiked chokers ($300) to necklaces made of pleated ribbons and Swarovski crystals ($600). If there’s a piece you don’t see in store, bring any design in and they’ll duplicate it (prices vary with design).

  1. 71-60 Austin St, (between 71st Rd and 72nd Ave)
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Laytner’s Linen and Home

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This home store offers a hodgepodge of affordable goods for your apartment: Buy an inspirational quote card ($2.95) to display on your mantle, grab a green tea shea butter soap ($4.95) for the bathroom or pick out a cantaloupe-colored spatula ($4.99) to jazz up your kitchen counter. Bedding from Laytner’s in-house brand ($39 and up) is a great basic option, while brightly embroidered pillow shams from Mélange Home ($29.99) add pops of color to your bedroom. Head to the lower level to view bigger items such as foldable chairs ($99–$125), cable-knit throw pillows ($49.95), area rugs ($99.95) and sofas ($795 and up).

  1. 72-10 Austin St, (between 72nd Ave and 72nd Rd)
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Maiko

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It’s difficult to leave this boutique empty-handed, particularly when you realize that all the merchandise here—mostly comprised of Forever 21-esque frocks without a brand name—is $39 per item. Try on shifts with waist cutouts, Ikat-printed boat-neck minidresses and silky quarter-sleeved button-down tunics, all organized on the racks by color. Accessories surround shoppers from above, on shelves lined with items such as leather slouch bags ($50); a black table at the center of the store displays belts in every imaginable style ($10). Just when you thought you were done, costume jewelry at the cash register ($12–$15) pushes you to dip into your wallet one last time.

  1. 71-11 Austin St, (between 71st Ave and 71st Rd)
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