Friday, December 3, 2010

City Guide- Boston, MA

I have been living in good ol' Massachusetts since I was a wee lass, knee high to a grasshopper (or something like that)... and I have probably been thrifting almost as long (a trait passed down to me from mi motha). I have been to many a thrift shop in my day (many of which are in and around the Boston area) but I know there are many more out there for me to explore. My list of area shops is below but I welcome any recommendations that I may have missed in the used, thrift, vintage, consignment store-esque area. Yay! and Happy Shopping!


1600 VFW Pkwy,
West Roxbury, MA   02132
Phone: (617) 323-8231
Hours: Mon-Sat 9-9, Sun 10-6

*This was my first ever Savers visit and I must say that Mama likes. Savers is a chain of stores that has some great "thrifty" offerings ranging from clothes to homegoods and furniture. Check out the Savers Cycle for their good deeds.

965 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 254- 0112
*A nice offering of ecclectic clothes donated from the local Boston area, this Goodwill is among my favorites for duds for next to nothing!

Christ Church Thrift Shop
17 Farwell Place
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-0200

Rasberry Beret  (favoritest because it’s SUPER COOL)
1704 Mass Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 354-3700

*One of my absolute favorite vintage/consignment store in the area. They have two locations, super awesome and affordable selection and cool cats who work there.

716 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA
Store Hours:
Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat: 10am-7pm 
Thur: 10am-8pm
Sun: 11am-6pm

Cambridge Antique Market
201 Monsignor Obrien Hwy
Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 868-9655

The Garment District (favoritest because it is AMAZING)
200 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 876-5230
*This is 3 floors of magical goodness. There is the ground floor with the famous $1 a lb, giant pile of clothing, also an area purely for costumes, a floor of all vintage clothes and goods (separated by era) and also a nice HUGE selection of shoes. There is more, but why ruin the surprise!

520 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 868-6330

* I haven't met a Goodwill that I didn't like. This location is no exception. Nice location, great selection.

The Closet
175 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-1919

* More upscale then some "Thrifters" would like but if you like getting uber nice clothes cheaper than their worth? The Closet is the place for you.

40 South St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

40 South Street
(617) 522- 5066

Buckaroo’s Mercantile
5 Brookline Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 492-4792

Dorchester Indoor Flea Market
264 Adams Street
Boston, MA 02122
(617) 822-0552

Thrift Shop of Boston, Inc
17 Corinth St
Roslindale, MA 02131
(617) 325-5300
Mon-Sat 9 am - 5 pm

Salvation Army
1500 Washington Street
(617) 536-5260

68 South St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 935-6971

Urban Renewals
122 Brighton Ave
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 783-8387
Hours: M - W & S: 9-6; Thur: 10-8; Sun: 12-5

Salvation Army
23 Vernon Street
Roxbury, MA


Savers(favoritest because it’s CLOSE TO WORK)
500 Cochituate Road
Framingham, MA 01701
Phone: (508) 875-0225
Hours: Mon-Sat 9-9, Sun 10-6

*This is one of the newer Savers locations in my area but it has quickly become a favorite. 5 minutes from my work means a great lunchtime getaway to check out the newest arrivals. Nice large space with tons of homegoods and clothing. Not much in the way of furntiture but this location is still pretty new.

Salvation Army
35 Concord Street
Framingham, MA
(508) 875-3341

* This location has two floors of goods. Although this location is kind of a pain to get to (being that it is in downtown Framingham) it's still worth it if you have the urge to get some good deals on used stuffers. Not my favorite Salvation Army but still good if you need a change of pace.

Salvation Army
33 Myrtle Street
Waltham, MA
(781) 894-0413

Sister Thrift
370 Pleasant Street,
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 923-1168

Still Life Home Consignment
68 Tower St
Hudson, MA 01749
(978) 562-3221

Salvation Army (favoritest because it’s CLOSE)
51 Main Street

Hudson, MA 
(978) 568-8155

* This is probably my favorite Sal Val in the state. It's close to home (literally) and is contantly getting new stuff in. In addtion, their drop off is super easy (just plop it inside the door) and their staff is quirky but super friendly.

Barely Read Books(because Used books count too!)
320 Boston Post Road
Sudbury, MA 01776
(978) 443-4034

*Manfriend and I love to browse the used books at Barely Read. Great selection, great prices, great selection.


139 Endicott St
Danvers, MA 01923
(978) 777-8631
Hours: Mon-Sat 9-9, Sun 10-6

Traveling Rhino and Friends
2 Central Sq
Chelmsford, MA 01824
(978) 256- 7800

Salvation Army
150 Appleton Street
Lowell, MA
(978) 458-3396

Salvation Army
625 Main St
Wilmington, MA 01887
(978) 988-9488

Shank’s Mare Thrift
306 Boston Rd
North Billerica, MA 01862
(978) 663-9933


490 Lincoln Street,
Worcester, MA 01605
Phone: (508) 853-3653
Hours: Mon-Sat 9-9, Sun 10-6

*Not my favorite Savers location (simply because it takes awhile to get to) but still great selection. Got myself the absolute greatest Bread Box here.

Cutie Patutie’s Consignment
1021 Central St
Leominster, MA 01453
(978) 534-6604

*If you like getting good deals on cute girly things, then this is the place for you. It's a super cute store.

Salvation Army

72 Cambridge Street
Worcester, MA
(508) 799-0528

50 Mill St
Worcester, MA 01603

Phone: (508) 363-2777
Hours: Mon-Sat 9-9, Sun 10-6

Salvation Army (favoritest because it’s HUGE)
1422 Water St
Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 348-1044

*This Sal Val is literally a warehouse. It is ginormous. This has everything- homegoods, furniture and a warehouse full of clothes, shoes and lots more.

Tangerine Boutique
114 Parker St
Gardner, MA 01440
(978) 660-8544

*More of a vintage/consignment type boutique, this adorable little store is sometimes a nice change of pace.

Lancaster Flea Market (Indoor)
1340 Lunenburg Rd
Lancaster, MA 01523
Sunday 8:00 AM 4:00 PM Flea Market

*It's a flea market, need I say more?

Salvation Army (favoritest because it’s where I learned to “thrift”)
8 Union St
Gardner, MA 01440
(978) 632-9854

*This is definitely of the smaller variety of Salvation Armies but it's where I learned to Thrift. It's in an easily accessible location, with plenty of parking and a great staff.

 Happy Hunting!

1 comment:

  1. I love Boston. It's such a great town.

    Care to give a synopsis of each store and why you like it?


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