Cent-savy fashion is not only easy on the wallet but easy on the eyes, too. Being slightly broke doesn’t mean you can’t turn heads in some seriously killer outfits. No matter what your style is vintage shops hold the key to nabbing looks like no other turning you a trend setter. If you’re on a budget but looking to show your fashion sense, head to some of these sweet vintage shops to get your hands on some eclectic threads.
5. Bananas – 78 Main Street, Gloucester
Bananas has been kicking around Gloucester’s downtown community for 40 years! They have great women’s and men’s sections for clothing but the real draw here is the jewelry. With cases upon cases of vintage earrings and costume jewelry, Bananas has everything for any type of occasion or look. On top of the bling they have a great assortment of hats and household items as well. Make sure to check out the dressing rooms, even if you don’t try anything on just to check out that retro boudoir feel.
Directions: From North Station take the Rockport line to Gloucester. Take a right onto Railroad Ave after getting off the train. Then take a left onto Washington Street. After about a ten-minute walk, take a right onto Main Street. It will be two minutes down the road on your left.
4. 40 South Street – 40 South Street, Jamaica Plain
We have another oldie-but-goodie vintage shop that is not too far outside of the city this time. Formally called Gumshoe, this Jamaica Plain staple has been rocking it old school style for thirty years. Not only can you visit their shop to quench any and all vintage needs, but they also have an Esty shop so you can browse from the comfort of your couch.
Directions: Take the Orange Line to the Green Street Stop. Then take a left onto Woolsey Square. Then a right onto Gordon Street. At the intersection cross over on to Elm Street. Then a Left onto Newbern Street and an immediate right back onto Elm Street. Follow Elm until you reach Sedgwick Street where you take a right. At the end of Sedgwick you will be on South Street. Take a left and 40 South Street will be on you left. The walk takes about 10 minutes.
3. The Golden Hanger – 231 Cabot Street, Beverly
Talk about a great vintage shop. The Golden Hanger has been a Beverly staple for the past seventeen years. They cover it all– shoes, clothing, jewelry and even wedding and prom gowns. On top of all the great finds you can also rummage around the designer labels they have.
Directions: From North Station take the Newburyport or Rockport lines. Get off at the Beverly Depot stop. Take a left on Park Street. Then a right on Broadway. Cross over Rantoul Street and continue on Broadway. Take a left onto Cabot Street and The Golden Hanger will be on the right. They walk from the train stations should be about 10 minutes.
2. Modern Millie – 3 Central Street, Salem
This store is the mecca of vintage dresses. Holding both modern and vintage clothing, Modern Millie’s keeps an eclectic collection of sweet retro style threads. Located in downtown Salem, this is the place to go for great one-of-a-kind pieces that will have heads turning. That’s the point right? You can also shop online at their Etsy page.
Directions: Take the Newburyport or Rockport lines at North Station to the Salem stop. From the station walk down Washington Street. Take a left onto Essex Street. This is a pedestrian only street. Then take a right onto Central Street, also pedestrian only. This walk from the train station is about 10 minutes.
1. Raspberry Beret – 1704 Mass Ave, Cambridge
Just up the street from Harvard Square, Raspberry Beret is chock full of what all fashionistas dream about. Getting lost in this store is a definite so make sure you carve out enough time for yourself during a visit to this great shop. With a friendly and very helpful staff, the people at Raspberry Beret will help you with any and all your outfit needs. Whether it be finding a great pair of jeans or picking out an ensemble for a Russian Ball, they will have you covered. Trust us, we saw it go down.
Raspberry Beret not only specializes in great old school and new school clothing but also believes in the social responsibility of dealing in recycled goods. Not only are you still being fashion forward but you are contributing to fashion in an environmentally friendly way. Each year, America throws away over twenty billion pounds of used clothing, and by shopping at places like Raspberry Beret you help to stop these clothes from permeating into land fills so quickly. Plus, shopping small directly contributes to your local economy in a way that mall shopping does not.
To further enhance the shopping experience, they have jewelry made by local artists for sale. Both Wake Up Sandy and My London Sun are available through the doors of Raspberry Beret.
Local shoppers are dedicated to this place. It says volumes about the shop and the owner Rachel, for the dedication to service and quality. Jude, a long time customer, went so far as to say she practically stalks the place, always checking out the merchandise and heading in for chats with employees Ariel and Matthew. If that is not customer dedication we don’t know what is. At Raspberry Beret they are also dedicated to finding and showcasing clothes for women of all shapes and sizes and to make that experience one that you leave smiling about.
Being the trendy gals that we like to think we are, we could not visit a vintage store like Raspberry Beret without leaving with a little something for ourselves. With so many choices it really was a difficult decision to make. But at the end of the day, we left wearing our sweet new finds and beaming smiles on our faces.
Make sure to follow them on Instagram for a glimpse of what they have at the shop and if you their mailing list you will be sent monthly coupons. Can’t make it out of the house? Have no fear, Raspberry beret online shopping is here!
Raspberry Beret also has two other locations that can be found in Reading and Wakefield. The Reading shop is based on high end labels with bold, elegant styles. In the Wakefield shop you will find all manner of mall store brand names.
Where do you shop for vintage? Let us know where to head to next!