Filene's Basement

4 Union Square S.
New York, NY 10003
At Christmas time, you will not be uplifted to look into the glazed eyes of shoppers slumping up the escalator of this gigantic, mall-like aoff-pricea store. Here, shopping is work a there is a lot of crappola to wade through before laying your hands on something good. But if you hang in there, it can happen for you. It is an especially useful resource if you happen to be burdened with a constantly changing, hormonal monstrosity in the form of a teenaged girl a the ground level does a decent impersonation of Urban Outfitters with friendlier prices. For grown-ups, the best bets are often the less obvious designer items like shearling gloves for $20. Because, yeah, you could get a Versace purse for $150 instead of $450, but thatas because itas miniscule and heinous.


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