As college students, the one question we all ask ourselves on a regular basis is “what do I do with all this excess money I’ve got lying around”?
Luckily, living in NYC offers amazing opportunities to get rid of all those bills burning a hole in your pocket, at an amazing rate. There are so many wonderful, beautiful, unnecessary things to purchase here, that it may even feel overwhelming at times. But do not worry — it is for this exact reason that I have decided to step in and stop you before you get lost. As a fellow art and design student, I would like to be your guide on a quick and quirky trip down Consumer Lane.
Here is a list of my favorite places to go and break the bank in NYC:
1. Printed Matter
If you are interested in anything and everything artistic but in book format, Printed Matter is the place to go. Housing everything from rare editions of established artists’ books to self published newcomers and zines, you could potentially drop a couple hundred bucks, but what’s even better, you can feel just as successful spending five. Some people complain about the lack of tidiness when you get in the store, but I really don’t mind. It feels like you stumbled into the attic of the coolest grandma that ever existed. On top of being a rad store, they offer opportunities to local artists who self publish to sell their artists’ book, and in some cases, will even publish the book. There are also events happening there on a daily basis, so ch-check it out.
As stated on their wall, they quite simply sell “things from places.” Nothing more, nothing less. It is a great place to go if you really aren’t looking for anything in particular, you’re just looking. They get imported goods (toys, toothpaste, etc.) from all over the world, and display them in an awesome space. Although they have temporarily moved locations, their main location is barely noticeable form the outside. I actually walked past is multiple times when I was first looking. Once you get in the door, you walk up a graffiti and sticker covered staircase, go around the corner, and if the door is open, you’ve made it. Although their open hours are sparse, it is worth the wait. I mean, who wouldn’t wait for their chance to get an almost pocket sized “bubble factory” from Germany?