Boston, Essentials, Feature

New England Vintage

April 5, 2015

I love vintage shopping and when I heard Boston had several I was determined to see them all. Vintage shopping can be tedious but on this trip it was not the case, most stores in other cities tend to be dispersed everywhere making it hard to see them all. Boston is a small city when comparing it to New York, it has everything New York has to offer minus the craziness of traffic and the over crowded pavements making this shopping experience a lot more enjoyable. I love everything about this city from its New England heritage storefronts and family owned stores Boston is a unique destination for shopping. If you are not a vintage lover the infamous Newbury Street is the best option for you. You will find a selection of everything from Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs to my high street favorites All Saints and Zara. Everything you need is here from quant coffee shops perfect for a breakfast fix or restaurants such as Joe’s, perfect for Boston favorites. There really is no reason to leave this street as it has everything to offer. However if considering shopping vintage or thrift shopping I’ve found some interesting stores to consider.

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The red line is your bests option as there’s a selection of vintage and thrift stores on each stop which can be easily done all in a day, buying a ticket for ten dollars you can hop on and off as you please. First stop should be Davis where you will find Buffalo and Found. Buffalo has a great selection of second hand high street labels such as Topshop and Aldo with the occasional designer name. ‘Found’ for me was a lot nicer they had and amazing range of handbags from Kate Spade to Chanel but also no-named brands that were just different and trendy. If looking for formal wear Found have an amazing range of evening dresses perfect for younger girls looking for prom or debs dress. Making your way ‘inbound’ to the city your nexted shop should be Harvard were you will find Oonas consignment store (above picture). Oona’s has an amazing selection of 70s and 80s classic’s with a mix of designers brands. For me I loved her amazing range of aran knit sweaters and cardigans perfect for winter and reasonably priced. My favorite however had to be her collection of scarfs perfect to make into a hairpiece or add abit of color to a bag. Located close to Harvard College it’s a vintage store that occasionally buys from students. It is a consignment store built around and for it customers with a preppy Harvard quality. There is an amazing student vibe around this area with the occasional high street names like American apparel you will also find a Harvard store that stocks everything and anything branded with the infamous name.

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Moving onto Kendall Street you will find the Garment district on Broadway. I wont lie it’s a hard one to find but its one you should not miss, with two floors of women and men’s apparel upstairs but also the strangest and most exciting costume floor below it is defiantly one of a kind. Walking up the stairs you will be greeted with dismember motorbikes and airplanes hanging from the ceiling. You really are getting an experience going to this store. Trying on shoes you will find yourself sitting in a dismembered bus. It really is out of this world with every era in fashion known it’s easy to go crazy buying, you really will feel like you’re in Macklemore thrift shop video. Everything is very cheap if not reasonable priced there is not one thing missing from this store. Before leaving you will see possibly the most disorganized room of clothing on the floor that would give any neat freak a heart attack. Heaps of clothing with the occasional person climbing over one mountain of shirts and jackets trying rummage through to the nexted.

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It’s very hard to get lost in Boston as the metro stops are named after the streets all of which are walking distance from one another. Your nexted stop should be Charles Street were you will find more upscale stores. Vintage taste is perfect designer consignment to finish off your day. They have a great selection of designers and also stock new lines of Michael Kors. My favorite however was the amazing range of sunglasses by Triwa priced at 175 dollars they really will make the perfect statement for this summer. Making your way up Charles Street you will find several other boutiques however make sure you have time for 20th Century. A Jewelry store that has been in Boston for more than two decades 20th Century stocks the largest collection of vintage costume jewelry. You will find lavish jewelry designs here all one of a kind but also exclusive designs to this boutique. 20th Century is established as Boston’s elite jewelry boutique having won the Boston Magazine ‘Best of Boston’ three times. 20th century also works closely with magazines and designers and is regularly featured in the press. You have to see this store to believe it. Another vintage favorite of mine is Bobby Boston located just of the red line at the Broadway stop and then hop on either the 9 or 11 bus. It will take ten minutes if coming from center of town. If you are looking for a quality new leather bag look no further you will find at least one if not two here. I hope you may consider Boston as your nexted shopping trip it really has so much to offer and a city I hope to return to very soon.

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