As we have mentioned before, this is sort of a limbo week in New York. Half the city is out of town, but their space is taken up by twice as many tourists (who still want to crowd in to look at that Rockefeller center Christmas Tree). It's sale sale sale time in the stores, and as we visited Loehmann's a few weeks ago as per Alex
Kuczynski's instructions, we, in a moment of perversity, decided to go someplace even worse. And that's how The Shophound found ourselves at Century 21. That is the discount department store, not the realtor. In a city full of the best boutiques and department stores in the world, and therefore the best clearance sales, not to mention a steady stream of sample sales, off price retailing somehow seems beside the point. There are already so many opportunities to dress well at a price. And yet, for some reason everybody eventually makes their way to Century 21, because in its vastness, it always feels like there is some gem of a bargain to be unearthed, and there usually is, it just depends how good of a hunter you are. The sign above several of the entrances bears a seal that reads, "New York's Best Kept Secret" which is, basically, a lie. If it were such a secret, then it wouldn't have been crammed with people this morning, and it appears to have been mentioned in several international guide books to the city, because a large proportion of the customers were clearly tourists. Well, let's face it, even Whole Foods is a tourist attraction this week.