Friday, October 20, 2006

not-so-far east


I never make a plan to visit the Pearl River store. But whenever I find myself downtown, I make a point to pop in to the crazy store and do a little shelf digging. And I'm rarely disappointed. Pearl River is one of those great New York shops on the fringes of Chinatown, that is filled with unique Asian home and body products at i-can't-believe-it's-so-cheap prices (everything would cost you five times the price at a SoHo boutique). It's the perfect spot for finding chic hostess and birthday gifts—and no one will ever be the wiser that you probably spent less than $20. On my gift list right now are the gold ceramic bowls ($25.50 for four); bamboo dusk placemats ($15 for four); and coral print plate ($5.50) sold in red, green and black. I gave the boxed floral rice bowls ($16.50 for a boxed set of five) as a house warming gift last month, and my friend still won't stop talking about them.







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