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April 16, 2013

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jja

I want to shop there to, everything seems so affordable!
Why the shop the week Easter are closed? We don’t have this custom in Germany. Those shops are rally cheap compared to the european prices, is this all second hand?

Erika

It's always a good idea to check if there's any major jewish holidays going on when travelling to NYC. I'm guessing that's why the stores were closed. We've had the same experience, but with camera stores (all of them seems to be owned by jewish families). Luckily enough they opened the day before we left for Sweden again. :)

Benita ~ Chez Larsson

As Erika says below it might be so that these shops have jewish owners and they take a religous holiday for the whole week after Easter. In Sweden shops don't close at all on Easter any more. Easter Friday used to be closed but now everything's open as normal.

The army navy stores seem to have a mix of new and vintage. The sweater Wille got at Uncle Sam's was unused but the jacket was second hand. The denim jacket at Church Street was old stock, so never worn but vintage.

Susan

Loving your New York photos - they are making me nostalgic for a trip myself. And it looks like Wille got some great pieces.

Sandy P. (USA)

My husband has told me several times that his Swedish & Belgium colleagues that travel here on business to the states always go back home with an extra suitcase they buy (or already bring with them) full of clothes and other stuff because the say everything is much cheaper here than back home. They hit the malls and outlets. Are we really more reasonable in prices than Europe?

Benita ~ Chez Larsson

I'd say you are. Especially a lot of American brands that are coveted over here are much cheaper or not even available for us in our own countries. Sneakers, jeans etc are especially good value for us coming over. Wille and I went over with large bags almost empty and I've often traveled with an extra bag inside my suitcase for all the shopping :).

Bettina

I hope I'm not sounding creepy, but I think you have a really cute son. :)

Angela

As Easter is no jewish but christian holiday,your explanation for closed shops may be wrong. Pessach was earlier, perhaps the shop owners expect their custumers away on easter school holidays?
Angela, catholic
Germany

Sandy (US)

So we're more reasonable in prices than Europe, but the Europeans without a doubt have more style (in clothes & decorating) going on than the Americans (no offense to the Americans). I've always heard that the U.S. is behind in style (and music) at least 4 years. By the time it hits the U.S., the Europeans have moved on to something totally different.

RebeccaNYC

So glad you went Moscots.. Willie's cool factor has gone up considerably...Moscots is THE place for hip glasses! I would say it has been quietly cool for a really long time. That's really the key to being cool, in my opinion.

Michelle of Montreal

Fabulous portrait of the army surplus store owner!

Lisa

Great finds!! Looking forward to my almost 14 year old son to enjoy shopping for clothes and accessories. He'd be all over a store with second hand video games. My 16 year old daughter and I, however, are drooling, and quite looking forward to your shopping post tomorrow! ;)

Betty

This year the Jewish holiday of Passover started on the night of March 25 through April 2 and yes, if they stores were owned by Jewish families they would be closed.
Great shopping by the way. Can't wait to see what you got.

Zosia

The picture of Wille in the cool shades is Rolling Stone cover worthy. The Church Street Surplus store looks great, I could happily browse there and the owner looks so hugable.

katrina

What a handsome young man! I'm so glad he was able to find everything he wanted. Looking forward to your loot tomorrow.

jja

Thank you for your answer. I would love to find good SHS in my city, sometimes I think 30-40 years ago they made better shoes, bags etc.
Easter Friday is official holiday in Germany, we don't work and everything is closed, on saturday everything is open again...

A.

I really see your face in his in some of these photos. And I see the love, too! What a great thing for a teenage son to have such fun on a trip with his mom. I think I would have been far too bratty at that age! Thanks for sharing the cool details!

Robin

Can you do a detailed article on what clothing you brought for your trip? Thanks!

Vicki K

My favs are Wille's glasses and bomber jacket - maybe we can get that photo for a summary shot? I love that you and Wille had a great time in NYC!

Benita ~ Chez Larsson

It's so uninspired and not post worthy so I'll just list it here:
For travelling I wore black leggings, a thigh length sweater dress, sneakers and a coat. In my suitcase I carried an extra pair of leggings for the trip home, a pair of jeans, a mohair sweater, a shirt (which I ended up not wearing), 4 t-shirts, underwear and socks and pjs. Oh, and an extra pair of shoes. C'est tout!

robin

Benita, thankyou for that list. I never make the right choices and you always seem casually put together, so it does help.

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