Friday, August 24, 2007


I just got this email from New York magazine yesterday about their new Shop-A-Matic service, and I have to say it's pretty cool - they've basically become our personal shoppers. They really are trying to put me out of business!

So after doing a little bit of looking around on this, it seems that Urban Outfitters is the spot to buy fun and inexpensive housewares. I will have to do my own investigating to make sure.

Dear Fashion Alerts reader, Have you ever wished you could shop New York from home? Now you can, at Shop-A-Matic. This summer, New York editors scoured the city for unique home-d├ęcor products in ten categories: chairs, sofas, beds, rugs, pillows, lamps, coffee tables, dining tables, bookshelves, and mirrors. We photographed almost 1,000 items, from a $200 paisley Urban Outfitters chair to a $110,000 Joaquim Tenreiro dining table at R 20th Century. Now you can search those items. Looking for a black coffee table? We've got sixteen. A Scandinavian bookshelf? We've got five. And because many of the stores we visited—from high-design Madison Avenue showrooms to hip Brooklyn boutiques—don't have Websites that display their merchandise, many of the products we found cannot be viewed elsewhere on the Internet. In the coming months, Shop-A-Matic will expand to include fashion and accessories. We hope that it will become an invaluable resource for you.

Try Shop-A-Matic now at
Ben Williams Editorial Director,

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