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The best cheap clothing stores in NYC

Ball on a budget and shop at cheap clothing stores in NYC that are filled-to-the-brim with budget-friendly gems

By Christine Fischer Hewit and Jennifer Picht

Just because it doesn’t cost a lot doesn’t mean it’s cheap. Just remember that phrase the next time you shop at these cheap clothing stores in NYC. Believe it or not, but affordable boutiques do exist in the city, and they’re not all fast-fashion chains either. Whether you’re on the hunt for high-end labels that are deeply discounted, cheap T-shirts for less than $10 or pre-loved dus from thrift stores and budget-friendly vintage clothing stores, save some change and shop at these legendary spots below. Think of it this way—now you'll have more money to spend exploring the best things to do in New York.

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Best cheap clothing stores in NYC

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1. Ina

Shopping Consignment store Chelsea

In business since 1993, INA is one of the most reliable consignment shop chains in the city. Priding itself on accepting only the highest-quality items for resale, its racks are full trendy steals from brands like Stella McCartney, BALLY, Pucci and Chanel. 

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2. Primark

Shopping Staten Island

Get your plastic ready because you’re about to overload your closet with casual-cool duds at this shop. But, don’t worry, this splurge will hardly make a dent in your bank account. Why? Because Primark—the trendy, dirt-cheap, UK fashion brand—now has a store in New York! (Er, well, the Staten Island Mall.)  You can leave with multiple bags filled-to-the-brim with new clothes without feeling any shopper’s remorse. (Seriously, you can get a pair of shoes for $12.) 


3. Housing Works Thrift Store

Shopping Thrift stores Soho

At Housing Works, you can actually feel good about shopping—all profits go toward helping the homeless and those with AIDS. But beyond its charitable mission, Housing Works is a great place to offload goods while simultaneously scoring vintage garb from labels like Givenchy, DVF and Gucci. 

Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

4. Think Closet

Shopping Williamsburg

This chain of shops from Wendy Chung is known for trendy pieces at mid-range prices, making it the ideal spot to snag of-the-moment pieces without breaking the bank. As an added bonus, all items are curated from Japan, Korea and Hong Kong, so you know you’re getting something unique.

L Train Vintage
Photograph: Courtesy L Train Vintage

5. L Train Vintage

Shopping Thrift stores Bushwick

This thrift-store chain goes by different names throughout the city—No Relation Vintage, Village Style and Vice Versa Vintage to name a few—but each carries affordable pre-loved goods for both sexes. Don't go looking for high-end brands—think Gap denim jackets for just $5.

Bash and Bow
Photograph: Courtesy Bash and Bow

6. Bash & Bow

Shopping Gramercy

This stunningly sleek boutique will make you double-guess the affordable price point. Even though the space is distinctively high-end, you can find off-the-shoulder body-con dresses, patchwork bomber jackets and grommet-studded booties for less than $50 each. 


7. Century 21

Shopping Department stores Upper West Side

A bargain hunter’s dream, this colossal department store stocks labels like Lanvin, YSL, Marni and Rebecca Taylor for up to 70 percent off. When the OG location in the Financial District turned 50, it opened a second one on the Upper West Side to bring you twice as many clothes and accessories for a steal. 

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8. Flirt

Shopping South Slope

This budget-friendly store is bursting with locally made dresses, blouses, coats and more, most of them with a vintage, retro feel. Snag quirky printed tees, polka-dot bathing suits and a litany of funky accessories, most of which are under (or well under) $100.

Necessary Clothing
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9. Necessary Clothing

Shopping Little Italy

Known for cute, of-the-moment fashions at affordable prices, this is the perfect outlet for picking up cheap garb without the department-store fuss—almost everything is priced under $50. 

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10. Bloomingdales Outlet

Shopping Shopping centers Upper West Side

After years of anticipation, Bloomingdale’s finally opened an outlet store to much acclaim. The praise is for good reason—you can snag overstocked clothing, shoes and accessories for 25 to 50 percent off. 

La Di Da Dee
Photograph: Courtesy La Di Da Dee

11. La Di Da Dee

Shopping Williamsburg

Known for mixing girly pieces with edgy, statement-making accessories, La Di Da Dee is the perfect spot to get experimental without breaking the bank. Enjoy a variety of duds like daring bodysuits, flirty wrap dresses and gemstone cuffs, the majority of which are $100 or less.

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12. Lockwood Shop

Shopping Gifts and stationery Astoria

At this colorful home decor boutique selling a litany of items including accessories, gifts and party gear, you can’t help but have fun shopping. Splurge on everything from trendy cookbooks to screen-printed glassware to locally made onesies, all for bargain-basement prices.

RACK UP SAVINGS Nordstrom Rack sells discount goods from its main stores.
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13. Nordstrom Rack

Shopping Department stores East Village

Though, yes, it’s always a bit chaotic inside, this department store outlet is a treasure trove for mid-range brands like Michael Kors, BCBG and Ella Moss at up to 40 percent off.

Pema NY
Photograph: Courtesy Pema NY

14. Pema

Shopping Williamsburg

It can be tough to find a bargain boutique in Williamsburg, but we did it. Fashionable and relaxed, Pema is home to chic clothing, jewelry and accessories that won’t leave your wallet empty.

Line & Label
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Kate O.

15. Line & Label

Shopping Womenswear Greenpoint

Most of the clothes sold at this cozy neighborhood nook are locally made, making it a feel-good spot for shopping at any price point. Though some pricier items exist, there’s a plentiful selection of tops, tees and accessories for $100 or less.

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