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Eight Bargains

Fun from $2.99 to $65.

  • Black Opaque Tights

  • Club Monaco

    121 Prince St., nr. Wooster St.; 212-533-8930; and seven other locations

    These go for $50 and up at many stores; Club Monaco’s are the perfect weight, density, and silkiness for what’s become a fundamental layering piece, at a sane price.
    Cost: $26

  • Men’s Watches

  • Timex T2M562

    Target, 139 Flatbush Ave., nr. Atlantic Ave., Boerum Hill; 718-290-1109

    Substantial and impressive, this gold-toned Timex watch is a lot more expensive-looking than its price tag.
    Cost: $75

  • Flowered Summer Dress

  • Forever 21

    40 E. 14th St., nr. University Pl.; 212-228-0598; and two other locations

    At this price, you can have an entire wardrobe of cheery floral prints.
    Cost: $15.99

  • Costume Jewelry

  • Lord & Taylor

    424 Fifth Ave., at 38th St.; 212-391-3344

    The selection is younger and hipper than you might think, like enamel bangles and swingy chandelier earrings.
    Cost: under $20

  • Embellished Tops

  • Eryn Brinié

    501 Broadway, nr. Broome St.; 212-625-9300

    The newest of the fast-fashion chains. Its wafty embellished tops have a lot of style for their price.
    Cost: from $50

  • Scarves

  • Madewell

    486 Broadway, nr. Broome St.; 212-226-6954

    You can pay more for the long, loopy, colorful scarves now accessorizing every outfit, but why?
    Cost: from $28

  • Women’s Underwear

  • Hanky Panky Sample Sale

    No location yet; 212-725-4996 for information

    Maker of the beloved low-rise stretchy lace thong, Hanky Panky has a sample sale once a year. It’s worth waiting till next December to stock up.
    Cost: $10 (normally $18)

  • Men’s Underwear

  • Century 21

    22 Cortlandt St., nr. Church St.; 212-227-9092

    Jockey, Calvin Klein, and 2(x)ist—all the good names are here, at prices that encourage bulk-buying.
    Cost: from $2.99

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