Back to Canal Street — Purses & Pashminas

March 22, 2007 at 5:23 pm 5 comments

2nd Morning of our 2-Day Trip.

The Today Show. The five of us headed for the Plaza at Rockefeller Center for the Today Show. Even though it At the Today Showwas strictly a girls’ getaway, we were from Midwest Airlines and thought we’d bring little packs of our famous chocolate chip cookies to hand out to other folks watching the show on the Plaza. Oops! The security guards — and there are plenty of them, said we could not hand out food. The guards were very nice — ex-NYC police officers. They liked our Midwest Airlines baseball caps, so we gladly offered our hats to them.

Although chilly at 7 am, the show was fun to watch. Meredith, Matt, Ann and Al came out a number of times and made a point of greeting the people lined up along the barricade. Three of us — Marie, Jan and Jackie, got up to the front and were personally greeted. Ann particularly made very personal observations and comments to each person she greeted. Ann liked Marie’s lipgloss color! Kind of a thrill. My other friend — another Marie — and I ducked into Dean & Deluca’s for a hot coffee.

Ground Zero, Century 21 and Canal Street.
After that, we split up 3 and 2 as we had different goals for Canal and Broadway in Chinatownthe day. Three took the subway down to Ground Zero (click to see live cam) and the great discount department store across the street —Century 21. Two of us stopped at a store called Daffy’s as we headed back to the hotel and then down Madison Avenue for some sightseeing. By early afternoon, we met our friends in Canal Street in China TownChinatown and searched for great deals on the latest purse styles. Two of the gals also bought colorful pashmina scarves at 3/$10. Now that’s a deal.

Jackie really wanted a Louis Vuitton tote bag. We were directed down to a “corner” on Canal where the LV business is done. No shop. Just people asking you what you want, telling you to wait there and then some showing up with the piece you wanted. Then the haggling begins and Jackie did a pretty good job. Marie, however, did even better on a small LV clutch. The seller wanted $35; Marie said she had bought one awhile ago for $15. He said no, $30. She said no. They went back and forth. She finally said no and we started to walk across the street. The seller came chasing after us with final price within $3 of Marie’s original offer. Success! It pays to be persistent and walk away if the price doesn’t suit you!

NEXT: Strolling Through SoHo

1) Use the Subway.
It’s efficient, very busy and filled with people and only $2 for a quick ride up or downtown.
2) Haggling is the Thing. Don’t ever pay what the shopkeeper asks for a purse or pashmina, sunglasses or jewelry. Start low. If you buy more than one thing, you have better bargaining power. So consider putting your purchases together to get a better price.
3) Use Cash Only. Be well prepared with cash when you visit New York. Canal Street — use only cash. Even a few of the smaller restaurants accept only cash.
4) Check Flickr for More Photos. I’ll add more photos from this New York trip on Flickr — in the right column of this blog. You can click on the pictures for larger viewing and to see the rest of my collection.

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Entry filed under: bargain airfare, Canal Street, New York, China Town, Knock-off Purses, New York City.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Amy  |  December 1, 2007 at 7:24 pm

    Where did your friends get pashmina’s 3/$10?
    I live in New York (Brooklyn), and when ever i go back west to visit family, I get many requests for ‘pashmina’s’. I have tried to negotiate with the sells if I am buying many, but they don’t bite.
    My sister wants me to bring her more this Christmas, and I’m sure more requests will follow. 3 for $10 is better than the regular 2 for $10. Please feel free to email me if you have the answer –

  • 2. tish  |  December 2, 2007 at 11:09 am

    Amy —
    I’m sure they don’t remember the exact stall on Canal Street. So many have the pashminas and the vendors change locations from time to time. I’d recommend some firm bargaining. Haggle. If not, be prepared to walk away and try another vendor. You might try having your $10 or $20 bill in your hand where the vendor can see it. They won’t want that money to walk away. If they’re $5 apiece, for example and you can’t get 3 for $10, as a last resort before moving on — “How about 5 for $20?” The vendor might just take it. If the vendor won’t haggle, move on as there are lots of them down there. Good luck!

  • 3. Terri  |  December 7, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    I’ve purchased these pashminas that you two are talking about. I live in Pennsylvania, not close to NYC. Now my daughter wants some of the colorful pashminas, but I can’t get back to the city by Christmas, and now I just can’t pay the higher prices at most online locations. Does anyone know how to get a good price for these and have them shipped?


  • 4. tish  |  December 10, 2007 at 10:06 am

    Amy —
    Regarding Pashminas — My friend, Marie, who originally bought the pashminas 3/$10 just came back from a one-day shopping trip to Canal Street. She paid $3.50 each this time. She shopped on Lafayette Street north of Canal Street. That’s as close as I can get to an exact location. Again, she recommended that you initiate the bargaining and if they don’t meet your price, move on. Or, she suggested telling the vendor you were offered pashminas a block down for 3/$10 — would he or she give you the same price?

    Hope one of these options work for you.

  • 5. peggy  |  April 21, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    I was on canal st shopping for purses and really didnt find much, there was a lady with many bags and said she found a ton of stuff in the “warehouse district” down the street. Where is the warehouse district?


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