Sale and Return: Top 5 Cities for Shopping

Snap up a bargain in these perfectly priced cities.



Sure, there are
pre-holiday and post-holiday sales, but some destinations
are hot shopping spots year-round. Consider visiting one of
the five states that don't charge sales tax: Alaska,
Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon. If
you're in need of some retail therapy but are feeling
crunched by credit, shop around these cities for a bargain:
Portland, Oregon; Anchorage, Alaska; St. Thomas, USVI, and,
of course, New York and L.A.

No state sales tax makes a shopping spree to the Rose
City extra enticing. Add to that a slew of appealing
promotions at some of the city's most chic hotels,
restaurants, and shops -- courtesy of the Travel Portland Big Deal
-- and the Rose City is impossible to
resist. For more on shopping Portland, scour the Discover. Portland. Shopping
for steals and deals.

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Visit Powell's City of Books (1005
W. Burnside; 800-878-7323), an entire city block of
literary goodness. Stock up on decadent organic chocolates
from around the world at Cacao (414 S.W. 13th Avenue;
503-241-0656). Hit Columbia Sportswear (911
S.W. Broadway; 503-226-6800) in its hometown flagship
location and stock up on gear for kayaking, climbing,
and exploring the nearby outdoors. For hipster crafts and a
taste of Portland's funky side, visit Crafty Wonderland, Portland's
monthly art and craft extravaganza, every second
Sunday of the month at The
Doug Fir
(11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 830 E. Burnside
Street; 503-231-9663).

New York is a shopper's paradise, especially for gay
travelers. Whether you're interested in spending a lot
or saving even more, you've got a myriad of options.
From high-end boutiques to vibrant street markets and
funky stores, the city is world-renowned for its diverse and
trend-setting shopping opportunities -- and rightly so.

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Uniqlo (546 Broadway;
917-237-8800) is the Japanese bargain trendsetter whose
slick SoHo outlet is the growing chain's global
flagship. For authentic kitsch, Love Saves the
(119 Second Avenue; 212-228-3802) saves the day
with more Pez dispensers, Jesus action figures, and
mid-century shtick than you can shake a stick at. For
your favorite flight attendant or travel buddy -- or
even for yourself -- check out Greenwich Village's Flight
(96 Greenwich Ave; 212-691-1001), part of a
chic travel minichain selling items of a "global"
nature, such as rain hats, Italian toothbrush kits,
and hard-to-find guidebooks.

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