Wednesday, August 15, 2012

10 of the Best Unique Shopping in New York City

Pylones Shop

One of the most popular pastimes in New York City is shopping. I find I do a bit less now that I am there at least 2 to 3 times a month, but they have so many unique stores, it is hard to not shop a little. I think my biggest suggestion to you would be to go in stores you never heard of before. It is always fun to take a peek into a world you are not familiar with as you never know what you will find. I tried to think of a nice list of some original, unique shops. The kind you can bring some fabulous gifts home to family and friends, and of course, yourself. I am sure I missed a few, please feel free to comment with some of your favorites. 

In no particular order, here we go : 

  • Pylones - Founded in France in 1985, pronounced pea-lone, is a really fun shop. They are known for their whimsical designs of everyday objects. The items range from use in home, office, kitchen, personal grooming and even pets. Be prepared to be in here for a bit. 
  • Faberge' Boutique - The name Faberge is synonymous with eggs. Eggs jeweled in design for the Russian royalty such as Nicholas II and  Alexander II . They opened their first store in the USA in New York City on Madison Avenue May 23, 2012. The most expensive Faberge' egg sold by Christie's for 14 million in November 2007. This shop would be just an eye dropping experience, and even if you do not buy a thing, enjoy the beauty of these jewels right before your eyes!! 
  • Museum of Modern Art Gift Shop -  I tend to feel all the museum shops have really great unique items. The MOMA gift shop is one of my top favorites. They have such exclusive products that you will not find anywhere else. Wonderful jewelry, holiday ornaments, dining, toys and office items are what you will see here. 
  • Mxyplyzyx - I have wanted to check out this place for years, and when I finally did, I had a smile on my face the whole time. Opened in August 1992 in Greenwich Village, it has become a huge favorite with locals and tourists alike. Quirky, whimsy, yet affordable products from all around the world. A takeout menu organizer, a grass pillow, confetti mixing bowls are a few of their items available. 

  • Topshop - The British retailer with funky clothes and accessories is a great stop in Soho. With US stores only in New York, Las Vegas and Chicago, this is a fun place for fashionable, yet affordable, treats. 
  • Patricia Field - Known for designing the girls on Sex and the City as well as the movie The Devil Wears Prada, Pat Field is one totally original lady. Her shop is no different. Sequin shorts, studded bras, the famous Carrie necklace can be purchased here. Prices range from low to high, something for everyone. 
  • Pearl River Mart - Another great place in Soho, this is really quite a store! Herbal products, beauty items, kitchen stuff, Chinese dolls, hand fans, arts and crafts are a few of the departments here. It is a few floors of really some quite cool products and prices are very reasonable. You can spend hours in here very easy and find things you need you didn't even know was made!! 
  • Green Flea Market - Flea markets in New York City are always fun as you find some of the most cool items, great vintage and also products made by artists. I really love the Green Flea, on the Upper West Side, only runs on Sundays, but so worth the trip. They have items indoors and outdoors, ranging from vintage, food, artwork, gemstone jewelry and whatever else you can think of. I also found the vendors themselves here to be the nicest people. I visited solo but had conversations with so many people, I felt right at home!! 
  • Fish's Eddy - This is the most unique of all kitchen item shop. Dinnerware, Glassware, Linens and seasonal gifts will be found here. Prices reasonable and you will enjoy yourself at the fun items for sale here. 

Dry Cleaning Ticket Tray at Fish's Eddy's 

  • Pippen Vintage - Vintage is pretty big business these days, in case you were unaware. I have been in many vintage shops in the city, and I have to say, this is one of my favorites. It is like a boutique shop, everything is displayed just beautifully. I find it a fun day going through this little shop to see what I can find to take home. Prices range from low to high, so everyone can find a little something no matter your price range. They also have a home goods shop right next door, and I highly suggest you pop in there as well. 

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it”. Inspired by an original Fabergé jewel and by the spectacle of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes that brought Russian art, music and culture to the West, this white gold Egg is composed of diamond circles shimmering with rubies, with an invisibly-set diamond drawer in the centre that opens at the push of a gemstone, to reveal a matching pendant. The Diaghilev Egg is set with 2012 stones, with a total of 24.14 carats of rubies. 

This piece is set in 18 carat white gold and features 2,012 diamonds, rubies, sapphires and moonstones totalling 58.53 carats. 

Today's Words of Wisdom: Every day can be Extraordinary 

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s.c said...

So another one fore my shopping list but when I don't know. Thanks for showing us.

Unknown said...

We love Topshop... I think one is coming to MN..but nothing will beat the experience in NYC! My daughter loves vintage shopping...too! Great list!

Daryl said...

here's another: maxiga on Broadway btwen 79-80 Sts.

Anonymous said...

I love Fishs Eddy. It is one of my favorite places to go to while in NYC.

The Single Nester said...

Pearl River Mart is a place I have yet to visit. Need to get there.

Celestial Charms said...

Great picks, many I have not been to. Now I can add them to my list. I definitely agree with Fishs Eddys, as they have such unique stuff.

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