The Only Time Window Shopping is Enjoyable

What if I told you that among the most expensive and luxurious department stores in New York City something free awaits you? That’s right people, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and more are all offering something free to every eager shopper this holiday season. What could this magical object given away by stores with brands you can only dream to own possibly be you ask?

Windows displays. Yup, that’s right, I said it. Read it again if you need to. The fanciest of stores deck out their windows every year for your viewing pleasure. Don’t you feel special?

Seriously though, I will be the first one to protest against window shopping. I hate it. I hate it with every fiber of my being. Looking at all the beautiful things I can’t buy is just not a happy experience for me — life of a shopaholic I know. So I try to avoid it at all costs.

That being said, I think holiday windows are amazing. They are unlike any other kind of window displays. Especially this season’s. I have been really impressed with some of the displays. Macy’s flagship on 34th street features windows of all eight planets on the Sixth Avenue side. Saks Fifth Avenue’s windows facing Rockefeller Center, each show a different fairy tale character and the other sides of the store have mannequins dressed up and in a 1930’s Hollywood glamour themed design.

Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty
Snow White
Snow White

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Even the inside of Saks looked like a winter wonderland!
Even the inside of Saks looked like a winter wonderland!

Bergdorf  Goodman has windows that also seem inspired by the 30s but show off more products than Saks does. I think the old school glamour theme is great for these stores. Metallic is always big during the winter, especially during Christmas and New Year’s. Also that glamorous woman is exactly the customer Burgdorfs and Saks sells to. Either she actually is that glitzy and glamorous or she wants to be. Luxury is one of the first words that comes to mind when I think of these two department stores and their windows definitely give off that image. Both Saks and Macy’s displays move and some make sound. Bloomingdale’s has a window display that takes a picture of you and then puts that picture on a screen so you are in the actual display.

I will be the first one to tell you to go see these windows and to tell you how amazing it will be to parade up Fifth Avenue and see them all. With a few detours though because Macy’s is between Seventh Avenue and Broadway and Bloomies is on 59th Street between Lexington and Third Ave. The window displays are a great thing to go and see because they are not always that crowded. They are no where near Time’s Square (thank god) and little kids do not really have an interest so there will be less little people in your way as you walk yay! The only negative side is people who stop in the middle of the sidewalk to take pictures — I am so guilty of this.

If you’re looking for something free to do this winter in New York City, look no further than the glitzy department stores that call Fifth Avenue home. They are definitely not something you see everyday. And it is really the only time of year window shopping at these stores doesn’t make you want to curl up in a ball and cry right on the perfectly polished floors. Because you know you might not ever have enough money to buy that decadent Dior dress or the enchanting Cartier watch. But hey, that’s the life of a broke, shopaholic, fashion enthusiast right?



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