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There are 18 comments on A Guide to Boston’s Secondhand Shops

  1. I love vintage clothing but never found the time to explore the shops in Boston. This article is amazingly informative with the reviews and I’ll definitely check out some stores listed here

  2. The truth is MUCH more nuanced (and positive) than you make it sound. Even the article you point to makes that point. Also, Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries is a local charity and an independent member of Goodwill International. What applies elsewhere may or may not apply here; only careful detailed research would prove either way.

  3. I’m a big fan of Boomerangs. In addition to supporting Aids Action, it is a great place to find vintage vinyl record albums, which sell for 1$ each. Also, there are monthly auctions of the items in their windows; bids can be submitted via a book in the store or at the live auction.

  4. Don’t forget Bobby from Boston! Their men’s section has a terrific selection (I can’t speak to the women’s section). It’s more of a vintage store than a thrift store, so you won’t find things for dirt-cheap.

  5. Rick Walker’s at 306 Newbury Street is a great place to look for pre-owned boots, leather jackets and vintage concert tee shirts. A very cool destination, but not cheap. Also, second Bobby from Boston – such a great shop for vintage items!

  6. Y’all should really consider placing the fantastic store in on Harvard St. in Allston called Cheap Chic. They literally sell everything there. Literally!

  7. Leaving out Great Eastern Trading Company on River St. in Cambridge is a glaring omission. Great Eastern was one of the first vintage stores in the area and is still going strong after 50 years! I ran it for 43 years and recently sold it to Nephtaliem McCrary, a well known local musician and now entrepreneur.
    The store and it’s history deserve are more than mention worthy – there is a book here.

  8. this conversation has been going on for years… yesterday I was talking with someone at a homeless support group who also thinks hard about charities that serve her clientele.. or don’t. Every year she checks the 990s for the execs of Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc. and they continue to make a huge amount of money compared to their employees, especially those with disabilities who can be hired for very little as “trainees.” i’m sure there’s more to the story but I do trust this woman.

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