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Vintage lovers are well-versed in the hunt—and in New England, the options are endless if you have a car to scoop up goods from small-town marketplaces and roadside boutiques. Here in Boston, the options are a bit more limited, but we've narrowed down the top eight spots to seek pristine Stevie Nicks-approved blouses, 90s cutoffs, and Mad Men-worthy sheath dresses. For the sake of keeping the list concise, we've excluded contemporary consignment shops and focused on apparel suppliers.


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1. Oona's Experienced Clothing

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1210 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 491-2654
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Harvard Square institution Oona's Experienced Clothing has been dressing Greater Boston in the funkiest vintage gear from the 1930s through the 1980s since 1972. [Photo]

2. Poor Little Rich Girl

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121 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 873-0809
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At PLRG the focus is on quirky, eclectic contemporary wears and 25+ year old vintage. Having served thousands of consignors over more than a decade, it's no surprise the boutique has won multiple "Best Of" titles.

3. Garment District

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200 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 876-5230
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Dubbed one of Business Insider's "Coolest Small Businesses in America," The Garment District is a Massachusetts institution for any thrifty need. Vintage and consignment? Check. 1920s garb for that Gatsby party? They have 4,000 rentable costumes year-round. [Photo]

4. The Closet

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175 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-1919
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Painfully chic vintage enthusiasts flock to this garden-level Newbury Street consignment shop for designer booty, often priced at a third of original retail. Superfans keep a pulse on the store's blog, where daily updates prove both the caliber and swift turnover of hot items. [Photo by Flagship Photo]

5. SoWa Vintage Market

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460 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
For the past decade, Bostonians have been strolling SoWa's markets on Sundays in search of clever trinkets, unusual decor, locally crafted items, and a cluster of vintage and antique vendors. Indoors you'll find the year-round Vintage Market.

6. Bobby From Boston

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19 Thayer Street
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 423-9299
People claim this is the best men's vintage shopping around, and a small women's selection is available too. Amazing bags, preppy wears of yesteryear, and a totally cool ambiance are the attraction here. [Photo by Flagship Photo]

7. Boomerangs Special Edition

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1407 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02118
The Boomerangs family of stores, owned by the AIDS Action Committee, is feel-good shopping at its best. The South End location in particular is home to unexpected vintage finds, from designer footwear and bags to apparel, all donated with proceeds benefitting the non-profit organization.

8. 40 South

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40 South Street
Boston, MA 02131
(617) 522-5066
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For over 25 years, 40 South Street (previously known as the men's-only vintage shop, Gumshoe) has been stuffed to the brim with vintage gems and affordable price tags. The cash-only Gumshoe would be open sporadically, but then Hilken Mancini began selling her rack of women's clothes in the corner and in 2008, Gumshoe became 40 South Street.

1. Oona's Experienced Clothing

1210 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
Harvard Square institution Oona's Experienced Clothing has been dressing Greater Boston in the funkiest vintage gear from the 1930s through the 1980s since 1972. [Photo]
1210 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

2. Poor Little Rich Girl

121 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
At PLRG the focus is on quirky, eclectic contemporary wears and 25+ year old vintage. Having served thousands of consignors over more than a decade, it's no surprise the boutique has won multiple "Best Of" titles.
121 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

3. Garment District

200 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139
Dubbed one of Business Insider's "Coolest Small Businesses in America," The Garment District is a Massachusetts institution for any thrifty need. Vintage and consignment? Check. 1920s garb for that Gatsby party? They have 4,000 rentable costumes year-round. [Photo]
200 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139

4. The Closet

175 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
Painfully chic vintage enthusiasts flock to this garden-level Newbury Street consignment shop for designer booty, often priced at a third of original retail. Superfans keep a pulse on the store's blog, where daily updates prove both the caliber and swift turnover of hot items. [Photo by Flagship Photo]
175 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

5. SoWa Vintage Market

460 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
For the past decade, Bostonians have been strolling SoWa's markets on Sundays in search of clever trinkets, unusual decor, locally crafted items, and a cluster of vintage and antique vendors. Indoors you'll find the year-round Vintage Market.
460 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118

6. Bobby From Boston

19 Thayer Street, Boston, MA 02118
People claim this is the best men's vintage shopping around, and a small women's selection is available too. Amazing bags, preppy wears of yesteryear, and a totally cool ambiance are the attraction here. [Photo by Flagship Photo]
19 Thayer Street
Boston, MA 02118

7. Boomerangs Special Edition

1407 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118
The Boomerangs family of stores, owned by the AIDS Action Committee, is feel-good shopping at its best. The South End location in particular is home to unexpected vintage finds, from designer footwear and bags to apparel, all donated with proceeds benefitting the non-profit organization.
1407 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02118

8. 40 South

40 South Street, Boston, MA 02131
For over 25 years, 40 South Street (previously known as the men's-only vintage shop, Gumshoe) has been stuffed to the brim with vintage gems and affordable price tags. The cash-only Gumshoe would be open sporadically, but then Hilken Mancini began selling her rack of women's clothes in the corner and in 2008, Gumshoe became 40 South Street.
40 South Street
Boston, MA 02131