Whether looking for some vintage chic, or a cheaper pair of jeans, Boston’s got you covered. Check out a roundup of thrift shops near BU’s Charles River campus.
This isn’t a full list by any means, but if there are any vintage or consignment store that deserves a shout out then simply comment below.
Second Time Around (Back Bay)
Second Time Around does consignment with designer clothes and accessories (it’s slogan is “resale goes upscale”). It’s a great place to track down classy vintage cardigans and cocktail dresses, but I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re on a tight budget.
The chain has a few locations in Boston, including two on Newbury Street.
The Garment District (Cambridge)
The Garment District is a thrift shopper’s dream. The Cambridge store is not just known for their low price tags, but also for their By The Pound sales. Every day but Friday, the store leaves out 850 pounds worth of clothing for shoppers to sift through and collect. At $1.50 a pound, it’s a steal.
Just a heads up, you might also want to check out their Halloween selection. They have decent prices on costumes, and in October they stay open until midnight.
Buffalo Exchange (Allston)
This is the go-to place for thrifty BU students. It looks more like a secondhand Urban Outfitters than a thrift shop, which is perfect if you’re just looking for something trendy that doesn’t leave you broke.
BU students often go to Buffalo Exchange to sell their clothes at the end of the year. About 80 percent of the store’s selections are bought from local consumers, according to it’s website. But keep in mind they prefer clothes that are in style and in mint condition.
If you have a few hours to kill, look through Goodwill’s selection. It looks dull at a glance, but somewhere there’s an ugly Christmas sweater or a hippy leather patchwork bag you’ll want to take home. It’s also a good place to find basic supplies for DIY costumes.
Urban Renewals (Allston)
Urban Renewals also has its fair share of thrifty gems. It’s not the place to go for trendy vests or hippy chic, but you’ll find some decent clothes and even a good shoe (all for under $10).
By Hilary Ribons, Staff Writer
Goodwill is always a college student’s first stop for everything from vintage sweaters to house furnishings. You can always snag something kitsch for cheap. Sometimes, you luck out and thrift something that actually looks cool.
What if you went in one day and picked up a dusty old painting in a picture frame and found, upon further examination, that it was worth more than $20,000?
A Salvador Dali painting was recently donated anonymously to a Goodwill in Tacoma, Wash., according to CNN. The painting has been put online and will be auctioned off for $21,005. In the spirit of Goodwill, the money from the painting will go toward funding job training for the disabled and disadvantaged.
We can only hope that we’ll find such valuable treasures on our ventures to Goodwill. Most of the time, we find trash that we think is cool. While sometimes it is, other times it’s not. Half of a dirty, threadbare sectional sofa with indentations from the previous owner’s behind, sweaters that smell a little like grandma and look a lot like her, lava lamps that are so old that the lava stays sadly lumped at the bottom of the lamp, beer mugs tainted yellow by age and lack of dish soap—you name it, I’ve seen it. The owners of the items often smile proudly and announce their new vintage find. They fail to recognize the difference between vintage and just old and gross.
Luckily, the Tacoma Goodwill, where the Dali was found, has recognized some really valuable vintage finds that they deem too good for the store. These finds go online to their Goodwill Goodies site where they are auctioned off. The site’s most recent posts include vintage mid-century Christmas lights, Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses (don’t rush to bid, they’ve already been auctioned off), glass perfume bottles and more.
While anyone can visit the site and bid on the items, there’s something about going to the thrift store and sorting through piles of useless items to find that one treasure that’s really gratifying. So next time you visit Goodwill, keep an eye out. Who knows? You might find a Monet hiding in the home decorating section.