Boston's 6 Best Stores For Second-Hand Shopping

@Casey Campbell
@Casey Campbell
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31 August 2016

With a new academic year quickly approaching, new wardrobes are in order. Even if you’re not going back to school, fall is the perfect time to freshen up your closet. But why pay full price when there are so many great second-hand stores in and around Boston? Buying from consignment shops is not only an economically smart move, but also one that’s environmentally friendly. Plus, poking around and finding the perfect piece is more fun than traditional department-store shopping. Here are some of the best places in Boston to second-hand shop.

2nd Time Around

2nd Time Around actually has locations across the country, which may explain why they have some of the best second-hand clothes in Boston. You’ll only find lightly used or like-new clothes, shoes, and accessories here, as they only accept consignments less than two years old. Stop in to find brands like Calvin Klein, Chanel, and Prada at up to 70% off.

2nd Time Around | ©Casey Campbell

Bobby From Boston

It’s rare to find consignment shops that specialize in men’s clothing, but Bobby From Boston is here to help. Customers rave about the variety of pieces you can find from a range of different time periods, regions, and categories. While they definitely have a strong collection for men, they also carry women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories of the same high quality.

Bobby From Boston, 19 Thayer St, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 423 9299


If you’re searching for a wide variety of unique brands, Oona’s is the place to go. They’ve been a vintage clothing staple in Harvard Square since 1972 and are one of the few independent stores left in the square. They have always encouraged small business in the area, and their stock includes clothing for both men and women. You can count on them for elegant, vintage fashion.

Oona’s, 1210 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA, USA, +1 617 491 2654

Entrance to Oona | ©Casey Campbell

Entrance to Oona’s | © Casey Campbell

SAULT New England

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It’s difficult to find customers with a bad review of SAULT New England. Located in the South End, this independent shop is a gem for men’s clothing. Don’t let the small storefront fool you; hidden inside are unique finds in not only men’s clothes, but also in household items and grooming supplies. It may be on the pricier side as far as second-hand shopping goes, but customers swear by SAULT’s pristine quality and ever-changing selection.

The Garment District

While this is unfortunately not an entire district of the city, their selection is so expansive that they probably could be. At The Garment District, you can browse their 12,000 square feet of clothes, shoes, and accessories for both men and women. Not only do they have the traditional brands you might find elsewhere, but they’re also stocked with attire for every decade and costumes for every occasion. For a fun twist on consignment shopping, check out their “By The Pound” program.

The Garment District, 200 Broadway, Cambridge, MA, USA, +1 617 876 5230

Coat rack at The Garment District| ©Laura Bittner/Flickr

Coat rack at The Garment District | © Laura Bittner/Flickr


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Like many consignment shops, Covet’s motto is reduce, reuse, resell, and they’re ready to help you find exactly what you need. Ranging from high-end brands to classic, inexpensive staples, Covet covers a wide variety in their stock of women’s clothing. If you can’t make it into the store right away, find daily fashion inspiration on their Instagram page.

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