BOSTON’S THRIFTING GEMS
Best Thrifting and Second-Hand Stores in Boston
by Alexandria Sharpley
Whether you’ve exhausted your options on Newbury Street or you’re looking to decrease your consumption of fast fashion, shopping at second-hand and thrift stores is a great option. Besides being good for the environment, you can often find unique and trendy pieces that you wouldn’t see anywhere else. Below, we’ve rounded up our favorite Boston thrift stores at different price points and locations around the city.
Vivant Vintage, Allston
Located on Lincoln Street in Allston, Vivant Vintage is somewhere you could easily spend hours exploring. With a vast selection of clothing, as well as jewelry and home goods, you’ll be sure to find some winners.
Covet Boston, Southie and Beacon Hill
This high-end consignment shop stocks pre-loved pieces from labels such as Balenciaga, Chanel and Prada. At a higher price point, purchases from Covet are guaranteed to be high quality.
SoWa Vintage Market, South End
Only open on Sundays, this indoor market in the South End houses an ever-changing roster of vendors specializing in fashion, jewelry, art and decor. SoWa Vintage Market is part of the larger SoWa Art + Design District, which organizes events like farmers markets and festivals.
Thrive Exchange, Back Bay
Great for finding unique tees and pullovers, Thrive Exchange is your destination for curated streetwear. Located conveniently on Newbury Street, Thrive specializes in colorful and bold graphics.
The Garment District, Cambridge
The Garment District is an expansive retail space for the true thrifter willing to dig to find the vintage gems. The Garment District’s affordable prices extend to a pay-by-the-pound option for clothes that don’t make it to the racks.