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Best Bargains

Smart ways to nest for less.


  • 1. Earth-Friendly Furniture

  • Nova Zembla

    117 Atlantic Ave., Downtown Brooklyn; 718-222-5705

    This eco-focused furniture store is knocking 20 percent off hardwood furniture (including already reduced items), 20 to 40 percent off in-stock upholstery, and 10 to 15 percent off lamps. A hand-hammered copper-and-steel floor lamp is $195, reduced from $325.

  • 2. Built-Ins

  • Manhattan Cabinetry

    Three locations; 800-626-4288

    Widely known for bookshelves and cabinets, this rather expensive firm is taking 80 percent off floor samples (photos at manhattancabinetry.com), plus 10 percent off custom orders. An English- sycamore credenza, formerly $9,500, is $3,900.

  • 3. Tableware and Décor

  • Apartment 48

    12 W. 17th St.; 212-807-1391

    The charming and inexpensive Flatiron- district housewares shop is running its Spring Preview Saleó20 percent off all new merchandise, including dinnerware, pillows, vases, lamps, and moreó from March 14 through 21.

  • 4. Fabric and Upholstery

  • Beckenstein Fabric and Interiors

    4 W. 20th St.; 212-366-5142

    This old-line store is moving on April 1. To reduce inventory before the move, the proprietor, Garry Greenberg, is running a deal: Select an in-stock fabric for reupholstering and it’s free with labor.<

  • 5. Organization

  • Goodbye Clutter, Inc.

    212-828-0000; goodbyeclutter.com

    Nancy Heller, who will untangle that dysfunctional relationship you have with your bedroom closet, is (for the first time) knocking 20 percent off her hourly rate of $125 through the end of March.

  • 6. Design Classics

  • Design Within Reach

    Multiple locations; 800-944-2233

    Much of the chain’s line of mid-century classics and crisp contemporary furniture will be 15 percent off from March 5 through 18, with free standard shipping to sweeten the deal.

  • 7. Underfoot

  • Aronson’s Floor Covering

    135 W. 17th St.; 212-243-4993

    The friendly family-run business is offering cork and linoleum tile at 30 percent off throughout March. Then, during a warehouse sale from April 24 through April 27, area rugs are 60 percent off; orders placed that weekend for Merida rugs and wall-to-wall carpeting will also be discounted 20 percent.

  • 8. Serenity at Home

  • Harmony Thru Design

    212-570-6186

    The feng shui consultants will help you place furniture, draw up charts, choose colors, and follow up, and do it for $150 off the basic consultation fee. (A studio is $400; a one-bedroom, $500; a two-bedroom, $700.)

From the 2009 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine