East Village cheap shopping guide

Steals and deals still abound in EV boutiques.

  • Big Buddha faux-leather Sammy bags, $45 (were $90), at Love Song 422

  • Margarita glass, $1.50, at 99 Store

  • Set of four Miya Japanese ceramic bowls, $17 (originally $24), at Random...

  • Handmade bangles, $2--$5 each, at Dress Shoppe

  • Anodized-aluminum card cases, $7 each, at Exit 9

  • Foldable sunglasses, $30, and four strand beaded necklace, $35; both at...

  • Marc Jacobs suede flats, $30, at Cadillac's Castle

Big Buddha faux-leather Sammy bags, $45 (were $90), at Love Song 422

Love Song 422
441 E 9th St between First Ave and Ave A (212-533-5683, shoplovesong.com)Every single item at this chic boutique is currently 50 percent to 90 percent off. Among the vintage-inspired (and already very affordable) wares are Big Buddha faux-leather Sammy bags for $45 (were $90) and Bellissima cutout cuffs for $22 (normally $43). Other deals: Flying Tomato Denim Chevron jacket ($43, was $86); Orion London beach dress ($73, was $146); Insight Cookie Crumble dress ($41, was $82); Insight Kisses at Three dress ($44, was $88) Bellissima Kiwi knot cuff ($12, was $23); Bellissima 3 Gator bangles ($15 for three, were $30); geometric rings ($8 each, were $15).

84 E 7th St between First and Second Aves (212-260-0676)
Allison McGowan’s locally produced handbags are all eco-friendly, which make these deals even sweeter. Vintage lambskin frame clutches are $50 (originally $195), and laptop bags are cut from $150 to $75. Other deals: recycled croc-embossed leather clutches ($75, were $165); veg-tanned leather-and-vintage-lambskin fold-over clutch ($85, was $175); vintage fabric pouches ($15 each, were $20); vintage fabric buttons (two for $1).

99 store
73 First Ave between 4th and 5th Sts (212-505-6595)
For less than the cost of a package of big red plastic cups, you can sip your cocktail of choice in style with these margarita glasses ($1.50 each).

TONY discount Cloak & Dagger
441 E 9th St between First Ave and Ave A (212-673-0500)
We scored deals on two of our favorite items from Brookelynn Starnes’s beautifully tailored, locally made collection—exclusively for TONY readers. Silk Amelia camisoles are slashed from $270 to $89, and high-waisted stretch jeans are cut from $298 to $98 (mention TONY to receive the discount). The entire spring and summer collection are also 30 percent off until August 6 if you name-check TONY.

TONY discount Random Accessories
77 E 4th St between Bowery and Second Ave (212-358-0650)
This kitschy shop is packed with stuff you never knew you needed, like a set of Kikkerland Orleans ornate reusable plastic flatware for $11 (normally $16) and a set of four Miya Japanese ceramic bowls for $17 (originally $24). Mention TONY to receive these discounts and also take an additional 10 percent off everything in-store through August 6. Other deals: a Tokyobay Petticoat watch, $63 (was $70), and a Fringe scented candle ($21).

Blue & Cream
1 E 1st St at Bowery (212-533-3088)
Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent tux dresses are reduced from $295 to $99. Other deals: Charlotte Ronson high-waisted sailor shorts ($90, were $210); Anlo Farah shorts ($80, were $120); Ksubi denim tuxedo vest ($99, was $240); Red Carter Straight Arrow Ringed tie-side Bikini ($100, was $200).

New York Adorned
47 Second Ave between 2nd and 3rd Sts (212-473-0007)
This tattoo-parlor-cum-accessories-shop is marking down a selection of its edgy stock. Jovana Djurie spike rings are now $55 each (were $105), IL Design oxidized-silver five-spike rings are lowered from $150 to $65, and IL Design yellow-gold chain rings are sliced from $140 to $90. Other deals: an IL Design thin-band ring ($65, was $105); Black Horn earrings ($60, were $110); Tan Horn earrings ($80, were $130).

Dress Shoppe
83 Second Ave at 5th St (212-533-4568)
A trip to Mumbai may not be in your budget, but you can definitely afford to stock up on a wide variety of Indian imports, like these kaleidoscope-colored handmade bangles, which run from $2 to $5 each.

Exit 9
64 Ave A between 4th and 5th Sts (212-228-0145)
Uncover gems at this tchotchke haven, such as orange faux-leather Barbie ID wallets ($13), blue aluminum card cases ($7) and Batucada cutout necklaces ($48). Other deals: a Voluspa three-wicked candle ($22); a gold adjustable round/flat ring ($23); a floral-print nylon fold-out bag ($9.50); a Lexon gold-aluminum clock radio ($92).

303 E 9th St between First and Second Aves (212-677-7897)
This jewel-box-size shop is packed full of treasures for less than $10, including pretty packaged soaps ($1), colorful patterned scarves ($2), incense ($1--$3), fabric-covered mini journals ($1), yoga-mat bags ($10), blankets ($35) and costume jewelry ($1--$10)—all of which are handmade in India.

309 E 9th St between First and Second Aves (212-260-3905)
Finding the perfect pair of jeans isn’t easy; luckily, Dejavu has half a dozen different styles and fits to choose from (all priced at $29.95)—and will hem any pair (even those bought elsewhere) for only $4.95.

Dinosaur Hill
306 E 9th St between First and Second Aves (212-473-5850)
Dinosaur Hill may be a children’s store, but you can find plenty of things that are fun for all ages: jump ropes ($5.50), water balloons (120 for $2.75), colorful handmade greeting cards (75) and plastic heart-shaped bracelets ($1), to name a few.

Local Clothing
328 E 9th St between First and Second Aves (212-777-3850)You won’t have to go digging to find a gem at this well-stocked, neatly organized vintage shop. Look for bold prints and pristine accessories from the ’50s through the ’80s, like this silk polka-dot blouse ($58) and these woven sandals ($58).

Cadillac’s Castle
333 E 9th St between First and Second Aves (212-475-0406)At this popular resale shop, the best deals are found on the street, where a clothing rack (everything marked $25) and an oversize box (everything $5 each) are constantly replenished. We found this Walter top for $25 (it retails for approximately $150). Other deals: a Shoshanna black-and-white bikini ($60, retail approximately $100); an Anna Sui white lace top ($85, retail approximately $200); Marc Jacobs suede flats ($30, retail approximately $300).

TONY discount Fabulous Fanny’s
335 E 9th St between First and Second Aves (212-533-0637)An eyewear shop known for its comprehensive stock of spectacles (more than 40,000!), Fanny’s also carries a selection of affordable and chic vintage clothing, like this ruffled blouse ($25) and men’s vest ($30). Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off until August 6. Other deals: foldable sunglasses ($30); a multichain necklace ($35).

Buffalo Exchange
332 E 11th St between First and Second Aves (212-260-9340)Our favorite deals here: a Peter Grim straw fedora ($13), a Lux blue tank top ($8) and an Aerie orange tank top ($8).

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