Just popping in to share 3 quick helpful pieces of information that I learned while I was in NYC last week. Then I’ll be back blogging later this week, starting with sharing a Mother’s Day project. Ooooh, it is going to be so cute!!
Ok, so here are the tips that I learned. These will be useful if you decide to plan a trip to New York, which, by the way, I highly recommend. Here’s what you need to know:
1). There is no sales tax on clothing or shoes priced at less than $110 per item. That saves you 8.5% (4% NY state and 4.5% city) on some of your purchases… I’m not proud to admit how much I used this savings to my advantage, or of the fact that I used said savings when describing my purchases to my husband: “Oh honey, I spent XYZ, but I SAVED so much money!”
2). If you go to the Vistor’s Center in Macy’s and show them your out of state ID, you get a discount card for 11% off of your purchases (with a few exclusions, such as cosmetics and fragrances). But I mainly bought clothes and shoes, so when you add that to the tax discount, I saved almost 20%, right from the get go. I then applied some of that savings towards the cost of the postage for shipping a few boxes home, since I broke a cardinal travel rule and didn’t leave enough room in my luggage to account for my purchases. I wasn’t the only one who broke that rule, though. There were several other women in line with me at the post office on 52nd Street doing the exact same thing! Desperate times call for waiting in line at the Post Office on your last morning of vacation, I guess.
Ok, so let’s get to #3. You should know that a lot of people come to Macy’s… tons in fact… and that the bathrooms were yucky. Suffice it to say that my 4 foot 8 inch tall Grandmother was diligently looking for a manager to complain to until I managed to talk her down. Which brings me to this seriously useful piece of information:
3). Starbucks has public bathrooms. You don’t have to buy anything to use them, and I’m happy to report that they’re remarkably clean. With 194 locations in Manhattan alone, you won’t have a hard time finding one, although you might have to wait in line for a few minutes. People love them some Starbucks, even in NYC. They didn’t cram 200 of those bad boys 34 square miles for nothing, that’s for sure, and there was a line at the register at every one we passed, regardless of the time of day.
Anyway, tips aside, the visit was wonderful, we did everything we wanted to do and more, and I have 900 pictures to show for it.
Here’s just one of me and my Grandma at the top of the (obviously extremely windy) Empire State Building.
Isn’t she the cutest thing? You should see the outfits she wears, she is adorable. And the woman loves to shop as much as I do– maybe more. We’d be out for 12 hours running around from here to there, and she’d see a window display that she liked, and in we’d go. She’s an awesome shopping buddy.
So, for now, it’s back to the normal grind, plus making Mother’s Day crafts, and figuring out what to give His Majesty’s play school teachers as an end of the year gift. Plus, I’ve read two more books, and tried a few new recipes, and I want to tell you about those. Oh, and you just wait until you see what my husband built me for our screened porch! I’m excited to share some more stuff with you.
What did you do last week? Make anything? Buy anything? Go somewhere? Do something fun? I want to hear all about it!