If you’re looking for some off-the-beaten-path places to shop, here are a few options:
The Holiday Handmade Cavalcade: The Holiday Handmade Cavalcade is a one-day event, but if you’re in town, it promises to be worth checking out.
*Housing Works: Housing Works has become a New York institution, having developed the idea of the upscale thrift shop. Celebrities and New York’s elite donate their gently used goods to sell to you. Shopping at Housing Works has become a status symbol for many individuals.
In addition to a chain of thrift stores, HW also has a used book shop and cafe in SOHO.
Best of all, the proceeds from your purchase funnel directly back into the social service part of the company, which provides housing, counselling, and other services for people living with HIV and AIDS.
Holiday Shops at Grand Central and Union Square: More and more storefronts in Manhattan New York are turning over to cookie cutter chains, victims of landlords’ insatiable rent hikes.
If you’re looking for something you’re sure that another gift-giver won’t wrap up for a mutual friend, then stop by these markets, which offer handmade jewelry, scarves, accessories, and home decorations are among the many items for sale.
Bonus points for being in locations that are convenient to public transportation and great food! (And check out the light show in Grand Central!).