New York State's shopping scene is totally out of the closet. Beside glamorous metropolitan fashion, there is antiquing, outlet bargains and one-of-a-kind local crafts.
One of the great pleasures of New York shopping is on charming Main Streets in towns and villages all over the state. Lake Placid and Saranac Lake feature lodge-style home furnishings with the Adirondack design known the world over. In the Thousand Islands, shops in Clayton sell artisanal cheeses, oils and vinegar, and Alexandria Bay features river themed gifts. Shop in Saratoga Springs' downtown historic district, and on Albany's hip Lark Street, lined with independent shops like Romeo's, with lesbian and gay greeting cards and novelties. Woodstock is an arts community with the creative craft shops to prove it. Rhinebeck's tree lined streets beckon you to meander through its wide variety of specialty shops. Do posh shopping on Long Island, in the Hamptons and the "Miracle Mile" in Manhasset.
In the town of Hudson, antique shops line Warren Street shingle-to-shingle between restaurants and funky boutiques. Near Canandaigua is the Bloomfield Antique Country Mile, a cluster of dealers that is the epicenter of Finger Lakes antiquing. In Salamanca in the Chautauqua-Allegheny region is New York's largest antique mall with 30,000 square feet and over 1,000 dealers. Every summer is the massive Madison-Bouckville Antique Week in Central New York, and every fall is the world's largest garage sale in the Adirondack town of Warrensburg.
Speaking of deals, outlet centers across that state have swanky brands at discount prices, from Tanger Factory Outlet Center on Long Island, to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in the Hudson Valley, to the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, and more.
New York boasts unique shopping experiences not available anywhere else. The Fabulous Beekman Boys, of reality TV fame, opened their first store, Beekman 1802 Mercantile, in the Central NY town of Sharon Springs, and you can shop there for swanky food and beauty products created from the goats on their nearby farm. The MacKenzie-Childs Store in Aurora overlooks Cayuga Lake, with gardens to stroll, a farmhouse to tour and majolica tableware to browse. Nearby, Vidler's 5 and 10 opened in 1930 and has 75,000 items on its selves and counters, from candy to collectibles. Older still is Old Foge Hardware, which is selling Adirondack specialties from clothes and books to fishing and camping equipment 100 years after opening. Destiny USA in Syracuse has 2.4 million square feet of luxury retail shopping and outlet stores--plus fun diversions like go-karts and an obstacle course. Emerson Country Stores in the Catskills are in a refurbished barn, with upscale shopping and Kaleidostore, home of the world's largest kaleidoscope.
Further downstate, you might check out a little place called NYC. All over Manhattan, and especially in neighborhoods like the West Village, Chelsea and Soho, shops cater to every flavor. And do we need to mention the world-famous shopping in Fifth Avenue's flagship stores, the hip selections of Madison Avenue and the historic Macy's Herald Square, the world's largest department store?