Boston Bound: Vintage Guide to Boston

Oonas Vintage Boutique Boston, vintage guide to boston, MA. Photo Credit: Author.

Last September I did a little U.S. trip and had the pleasure of visiting Boston as well as New York. (You can check out my essential travel guide to the U.S. here)

Let me tell you, Boston is no stranger when it comes to good quality vintage! ❤ As always, I put together a list of my favorite vintage shops in Boston and where to look for some second hand bargains 🙂

Oonas Vintage

Oonas Vintage Boutique Boston, vintage guide to boston, MA. Photo Credit: Author.
Oonas Vintage Boutique Boston. Photo Credit: Author.

Located on Harvard Square, you can pop in and look at fabulous vintage, after you took a tour round the famous Harvard University. The ladies working in the shop were super friendly and helped me to get around Boston and recommended tons of places to visit.

Pretty Scarf wall at Oonas vintage boston, vintage guide boston
Pretty Scarf wall at Oonas ❤ Photo Credit: Author.

Oonas offers new (eco friendly and handmade) pieces, handpicked vintage as well as accessories such as sunglasses and jewellery. Some pieces are a bit pricey but everything is in really good condition. As far as I can remember you could get a dress round $40-$50 dollars.

I couldn’t say no to this utterly cute jumper from Isolated Heroes. I mean come on, there can never be enough girl power right?! ❤ ❤ ❤

Girl power sweater by Isolated Heroes.
Girl power sweater by Isolated Heroes (hopefully makes up for crappy mirror selfies) . Photo Credit: Author

No worries gentleman, they offer a small men’s section too 😉

  • 1210 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138     
  • Hours: Open Every Day: 11am-6pm

Bobby from Boston

Bobby's vintage interior, bobby from boston, vintage guide boston
Bobby’s vintage interior <3. Photo Credit: Author.

Ahhh..finally! A vintage shop only for men! Ok, that’s not entirely true, there are a few vintage pieces for ladies BUT the men’s section is what’s important here. I was quite envious to see the range of men’s vintage they offered. From bow ties to cardigans, bag packs and other accessories, Bobby from Boston is a vintage dream come true. Don’t even get me started on their interior and high class decoration ❤

The perfect place for men's vintage! Bobby from Boston, vintage guide boston
The perfect place for men’s vintage! Photo Credit: Author.
  • 9 Thayer St, Boston, MA 02118
  • Hours: Tue – Sun: 12am-6pm, Mondays closed!

PS: And if you’re already in the area, why not visit SoWa market?

SoWa Open Market

SoWa Market Boston
SoWa Market Boston, MA. Photo Credit: Author.

Its located right next to Bobby from Boston! After you filled your shopping bags at Bobby’s, you can stroll through SoWA market. Here you can find local designers, farmers, even brewers!

Every experienced shopper knows, spending money is physically (hell even mentally, thinking about your bank account) exhausting, so fuel your energy with one of those delicious grilled cheese sandwiches from the market’s food trucks.

Keep in mind: SoWa Open Market is only open from April 29-October 29.

  • SoWa Boston, 530 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118
  • Hours: Sat-Sun 10am – 4pm.

Ash & Rose

Ethical and sustainable clothing. Ash and Rose Boston, boston vintage guide
Ethical and sustainable clothing. Photo Credit: Author.

Not a vintage store per se but also right next to the SoWa Market, is Ash & Rose. Here you can find lovely ethical and sustainable fashion. They also produce their own pieces in house, using up cycled materials and sell pieces from companies which employ at-risk women in areas where few opportunities exist. Which I think is brilliant ❤ And They have the cutest dresses :O

  • Suite C6, 460 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118
  • Hours: Wed-Fr 11am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm, Mon-Tue closed!
  • PRICERANGE: €€ – €€€

The Garment District

No wonder they call themselves ‘an alternative department store’! If you walk into the  Garment District, don’t be surprised by the costume shop downstairs, it is big, loud and colourful.

Shoe section at the Garment District.
Shoe section at the Garment District. Photo Credit: Author.

Upstairs you can find everything your vintage dreams are made of. Something I found really handy? All pieces are sorted by decade and textile group (blouses, dresses etc.). As the shop is quite big, bring some time! You can get dresses from $10, leather jackets from $30 and shoes from $15. So if you are looking for a steal, this is your go to place! They offer a massive men’s- and shoe wear section.

That’s not enough for you? Head downstairs again! Next to the costume shop, there is a massive pile of clothes lying around, which they call ‘by the pound’. Every morning they take 850lb bale of clothing and let the public shop. Everything is mixed together – styles, sizes, men, women, kids etc. Sometimes they fill tables with shoes, purses and bags. But no matter what you buy, you pay by weight: all items are $2.00/lb and only $1.00/lb on Fridays!

  • 200 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139
  • Shop hours: Sun-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm
  • ‘By The Pound’ hours: Sun-Thu 11am-8pm, Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 9am-8pm
  • PRICERANGE: € (it doesn’t get any cheaper than this!)