Want that Louis Vuitton handbag but not at a Louis Vuitton price? You can probably find a well-made faux handbag at just a fraction of the cost on Elizabeth Street, located in the heart of Chinatown. Street vendors, antique shops and authentic Chinese restaurants line the street making for some exciting shopping and sightseeing.
Naturally, you aren’t going to find that typically fabulous New York boutique store on Elizabeth, but if you are looking for a bargain you can find it here. Because most of the things here are knock-offs of popular goods, make sure to bargain for a better deal. Be sure to inspect goods thoroughly before you buy, opening packages if you must. Sometimes the bargain is just a scam to get you to part with your money. Some items are stolen goods, so watch out.
Further north in NoLIta, Elizabeth Street mirrors more SoHo than chaotic, open-air market that it seems to be a few blocks south. One-of-a-kind boutiques have quality clothing and funky accessories that are sure to make you the envy of your friends back home. Of course, this uniqueness comes at a price, so don’t be shocked at the prices. Unfortunately, bargaining isn’t the norm here.
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