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Wholesale Heaven! A Look inside Beth’s Recent Shopping Experience

 I can’t say I have ever minded living in the fashion capital of the world. Shopping has always been one of my favorite things to do (just ask my mom) and I will find ANY excuse to buy something new! With the bitter cold winter that we had coming to an end,  I have been anxious to shed my parka and snow boots in exchange for sundresses and wedges. Always looking for new and fun designs, I decided to go on a women’s shopping tour of the Garment District. The Garment District is a large section of the city, spanning from 34th and 42nd Streets to Fifth and Ninth Avenues. The area is home to many of the world’s best designers, as well as fabric and accessory stores. With an area so big and samples sales everywhere it can be hard to navigate through it all on your own. Luckily, my colleague Lora and I got the opportunity to take a guided tour.

Fashion Avenue

Our tour started out at the world’s largest trim store, where we met our tour guide, Sarah. The store had any accessory or trim you can think of stocked to the ceiling! My mind was racing with ideas for new and fun do-it-yourself fashion. The walls of accessories went on for miles and I settled on some cool feathers. I think I will use them on an upcoming headband creation! I will definitely be back there soon to pick up some more pieces. After the trim store we went to seven different sample sales. A sample sale is when you get to shop designer discount racks and save a ton on your purchases. We got the chance to shop vintage jewelry pieces, new season furs and last season clothing and accessories up to 75% off! It was truly amazing and we would not have known about these sample sales if we hadn’t been on this tour. Lora and I both bought  great necklaces that were custom made by a private label firm that makes pieces for some IT designers like Escada and Tory Burch.

Giant Needle & Button in NYC’s Fashion District

Aside from the women’s tour there are also men’s tours of the Garment District, Soho boutique tours, upscale stores like Bloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodman and private tours as well (all complete with a personal shopper). I highly recommend these New York shopping tours to groups as well as individuals looking for a bargain or an upscale experience. I even booked the Soho Boutique Tour for my girlfriend’s birthday. You can never do enough shopping, right?

A Typical NYC Wholesale Showroom

Coming in to scratch that shopping itch? Let us help you by booking a New York shopping tour! Call me at (212) 302-4019 or email me at I look forward to helping you find the best clothes and deals in the Fashion Capital of the World!

— Beth

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Terra: You Never Forget Your First Glimpse of New York City

My 7th Grade Class before getting on the bus to NYC

When I was in the 7th grade in the early 80’s I signed up for a school trip to New York City with my teachers and classmates. I had never been to NYC before so I didn’t hesitate to take the opportunity to go with my school!  I think it cost $300 for the bus ride from Washington, D.C. to Manhattan, 2 nights hotel near Times Square, meals, sightseeing and a ticket to see the show 42nd Street on Broadway.

I will never forget that first glimpse you get of Manhattan when driving up via the Jersey Turnpike. All the kids had their noses pressed up against the bus windows, looking for the Empire State Building and the shine of the Chrysler Building. We were all giddy with excitement for the weekend that lay ahead.

I don’t remember what hotel we stayed in, but it was clean and comfortable and fit 4 students per room. I am sure we didn’t get much sleep, with all the excitement of being away from home. But who needs sleep in the City that Never Sleeps? We all ate breakfast together before heading out for some sightseeing. We went to the Statue of Liberty, the World Trade Center, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, one of the museums and of course Times Square.  We learned a lot about US History, art, architecture and social studies on this trip; it brought what we were learning in the classroom truly to life.

Seeing 42nd Street was the crown jewel of the trip. I had never been to the theatre before, much less a Broadway show! It was full of energy, dancing, glittery costumes and was just every thing a 13 year-old could ever want. I was hooked on New York City and knew right then and there I would move here. And then not too many years later, I did!

One of the things I love about working for New York Guest is that I get to provide that same exciting experience for student groups (and other travelers as well) that come to New York from all over the world.  It’s just not possible to forget your first visit to New York City! For so many people that experience shapes how they see the world. For me, it was the spark that led me to lead a life filled with travel and exploring new places. I truly believe it was a turning point, even at such a young age.

Are you a teacher or school administrator? Why not consider bring your students to New York City? We can provide educational itineraries to supplement classroom learning in many subjects. We make it easy for teachers and other group organizers by providing excellent group rates and all the logistic help required. Why do all the time consuming group travel planning when we can do it for you? Contact us today to start booking your New York City group travel!

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