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New York City Has the Most Expensive Stores in America

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A look from Oscar de la Renta's Pre-Fall Collection

As serious shoppers, we know all too well that a trip to Manhattan's Upper East Side might drain our wallets. The posh neighborhood is full of tempting designer boutiques that include some of the most expensive stores in the country, according to research firm Bundle.

Posted on Madison Avenue Spy, a list of the 25 most expensive retailers in the United States includes 13 New York City shops, with a whopping 10 of those on Madison Avenue, the UES's major shopping street. First place is Oscar de la Renta, with an average receipt of $3,217, followed closely by Georgio Armani ($2,881).

Two wedding shops—Vera Wang and Kleinfeld Bridal—also made the list, since both sell designer gowns in the four-to-five figure range.

Luckily, visiting these places doesn't necessarily mean blowing your budget. Toward the end of each season, high-end designers begin slashing prices to make room for their upcoming collections. If you happen to be in the New York right now—or any town with fancy designer boutiques—January and February is the prime time for crazy sales. (It may be cold, but spring deliveries are on their way, which means stores need to make room for new product.)

Also, most luxury department stores—including Saks, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Bloomingdale's—are running major sales online right now. Designer emporium Opening Ceremony currently has nearly 1,000 marked down items on their website, neatly organized by price and style. For insane deals on in-demand brands, stop by The Outnet; the flash sale site is regularly updated with out of season finds from Net-a-Porter. Yoox.com, luisaviaroma.com and mytheresa.com are also worth a look—we've spotted pieces as low as 70 percent off this month.

Do you prefer wearing designer clothes? If so, do you normally wait until the end-of-season sales to go shopping?

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