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Where to shop for cheap clothes in New York

Here's where to shop for stylish but cheap clothes in New York

Written by
Jennifer Picht
&
Time Out contributors
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Face it — everything is expensive in NYC. So after you take care of rent and other expenses, how are you going to maintain your fashion game? Well, while the city is known for high end boutiques and world class fashion labels, you can still find cheap clothes in New York while avoiding fast-fashion. There are plenty of affordable clothing boutiques around the city, offering inexpensive but well-made attire in all styles. In addition to the many vintage and thrift stores, sample sales and outlet stores, you can find clothes that are sure to fit your budget and look great too.

Best cheap clothing stores in NYC

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  • Consignment store
  • Chelsea
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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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  • 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.) 

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Housing Works Thrift Store
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  • Thrift stores
  • Soho
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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. 

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  • Williamsburg
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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.

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  • Thrift stores
  • Bushwick
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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.

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  • Department stores
  • Upper West Side
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A bargain hunter’s dream, this colossal department store stocks labels like Lanvin, YSL, Marni and Rebecca Taylor for up to 70 percent off. After closing for a few years, the flagship store is open once again next to the World Trade Center.

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  • Gifts and stationery
  • Astoria
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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.

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  • 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.

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  • Womenswear
  • Greenpoint
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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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