Does Macklemore's recent hit "Thrift Shop" have you wanting to peruse the aisles of consignment stores? To some, "thrifting" can be a bit of an overwhelming waste of time, but with the right tips and tricks, thrift shopping can be a fun experience of searching for pieces from the past to bring into your current style. Boston offers a variety of stores and markets for beginners and experts to love. Read on for the best places to thrift and some tips and tricks of the trade.
SOWA Market- The South End
With the warmer weather comes the reopening of the SOWA market. Re-opening on May 6, this market is unique in that it offers a bevy of food trucks, handmade goods and a sprawling space of vintage goods. As you move from stall to stall, the merchandise can vary so take your time.
Buffalo Exchange- Allston
If you're a thrifter looking for more modern pieces, and looking to sell or donate some of your clothes before buying new threads, head to the Buffalo Exchange. This store offers shoppers the chance to sell gently used clothing and shoes, in exchange for store credit. Aside from this program, the store features a variety of brand name dresses, blouses, and great accessories!
The Garment District- Kendall Square, Cambridge
The Garment District is a rite of passage for a novice thrifter and a treasure trove for the experienced shopper. This two-story factory style store offers everything, from a costume shop, men and women's used clothing, vintage clothes (all organized by clothing type), and a pile. That's right, a pile of clothes. Customers are given a large plastic bag and told to dig in! Clothes from the pile cost $1.50 per pound. (The Garment District will also buy gently used clothing for 30% value in cash or 60% value in store credit.)
Salvation Army & Goodwill
While the Salvation Army and Goodwill are traditional examples of great thrift shops, each store offers a variety of goods from housewares to clothing to furniture. With locations all over the Boston area, take your time and spend money for charity while adding a vintage piece to your life.
Boomerangs- Jamaica Plain, Roxbury and Central Square in Cambridge
If you're looking for something unique and want to donate to a good cause at the same time, head to one of Boomerangs three Boston locations. Boomerangs accepts donations and funds AIDS Action's work to help and prevent new HIV infections here in Massachusetts. The store features a variety of quirky clothes, housewares, books and furniture.
Artifaktory Vintage Boutique- Locations on Charles Street in Beacon Hill and in Davis Square
The store space may be small, but the Artifaktory Vintage Boutique is a step back in time. Each store offers one-of-a-kind vintage hats, jewelry, dresses and shoes for women and a selection of clothing for men. While the price can be a bit more than the average thrift store, each piece has been cleaned and repaired before going on the rack. The store clerks are extremely knowledgeable on all types of vintage clothing and can help you find the perfect fascinator or bombshell dress for your next special occasion.
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