Staying in style can sometimes come with a hefty price tag, especially if you’re cruising Newbury Street looking to revamp your summer wardrobe. However, finding great deals on cute clothing doesn’t have to be such a heavy hit to your wallet. Throughout Boston, there are many hidden treasures of thrift stores, offering unique and trendy clothing at bargain prices. From vintage clothing to designer brands, these shops are a wonderful alternative to mainstream stores. Who wants to be wearing the same thing as everyone else anyway?
Locations: Allston and Somerville
At Buffalo Exchange, you will find a wide range of mens and womens clothing, accessories and more. Going for a more casual look, Buffalo Exchange offers a mix of well-known brands and quirky “hipster” items. Here you also have the opportunity to make some quick cash by clearing out your own closet and selling gently used clothing, though it might be difficult to stop yourself from turning around and spending it all in the same visit.
The Garment District
Branding itself as an “alternative department store,” The Garment District certainly is just that. With a massive 12,000 square feet of retail space, the stores has clothing and accessories from as far back as the 1950’s. For whatever look you are going for, whether it be pin-up, punk or disco, you will have plenty of options to choose from. Shopping here is also unique in that you don’t pay for individual items– you pay by the pound, giving you and even greater bang for your buck. On most days, the rate is $2 per pound, but on Fridays it is only $1 a pound. Though it may seem overwhelming at first, be sure to go in with a plan of attack in order to get your money’s worth (though it isn’t hard at these prices).
Locations: Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, Central Square and the South End
Don’t feel guilty about going on a shopping spree here. Owned and operated by the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, Boomerangs puts part of its profits towards AIDS research and prevention. (Donations are also tax-deductible!) Each of its locations offers both new and vintage clothing for men and women, as well as houseware, electronics, books, CDs and more! The South End location, Boomerangs Special Edition, is a high-end thrift store boutique, selling brands like Coach, Brooks Brothers and Ralph Lauren for low prices.
Bobby from Boston
Location: South End
This famous thrift store has catered to the stars, with its clothing and items sold here featured in movies such as “Mermaids” (1990), “Casino” (1995), “Ali” (2001), “Seabiscuit” (2003) and “The Aviator” (2004). Feel like you are stepping into an old-time movie dressing room while trying on outfits that are really from every decade. Everything here is high quality and well-organized, so don’t worry about having to rummage through bins of rubbish. Most of the store is dedicated to menswear (though there is a back room for womenswear), featuring belt buckles, pocket squares, hats and more.