All around the city, vendors set up their wares on the city streets. Some sell very cheap looking goods, but every once in a while I will come across some vendors selling items that I absolutely love (and look quite expensive).
I'll tell you a secret - a lot of my beautiful costume jewelry has been bought at street vendors.
I love hand-made unique items, and usually the artists themselves sell the items. I like to talk to them about their products, how they come up with designs, how they make them, etc.
I picked up these stunning earrings last year, handmade by a local UWS artist:
But some jewelry sold by street vendors are handpicked at trade shows.
These earrings are my absolute favorite:
Sometimes I'll see a very unique table, like this one with adorable handmade sock puppets:
Keep your eyes peeled! You might find some great treasures. Let me know if you come across any cool finds.
Note: make sure that you buy from a licensed street vendor - they have a name-tag, so make sure the photo matches the face.