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clearskies
« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2004 06:13:49 AM »

there's also the big filene's basement in downtown crossing.  sometimes you can find good deals there, if you're willing to be patient and sift through stuff.

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« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2004 03:05:50 PM »

OK. Mass residents, don't hate me. But I am guessing the reason you are not getting that many responses is that there really aren't that many cool clothing/thrift/etc. shops in Boston. I moved out from Seattle almost 2 years ago and I am still looking! It's mostly chain stores with the occasional outlying interesting shop. But not really anything exciting, and not probably better than you can get in Chicago.
The only best and plentiful deals I can find are (luckily!) on books from the fabulous library sales.
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clearskies
« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2004 06:43:00 AM »

i'll agree with that, although reluctantly.  there aren't really many fab places for shopping in boston.


check the urban outfitters basement in harvard square -- many times everything is 50% the already reduced prices (which aren't that reduced).  but most of mine and my husband's tshirts are from there, and i got them for like $5 - $7 each.  i used to work in harvard square and had the luxury of being able to pop in once a week to check out the deals.  they have good housewares there sometimes, too.
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« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2004 07:33:12 AM »

OK. Mass residents, don't hate me. But I am guessing the reason you are not getting that many responses is that there really aren't that many cool clothing/thrift/etc. shops in Boston. I moved out from Seattle almost 2 years ago and I am still looking! It's mostly chain stores with the occasional outlying interesting shop. But not really anything exciting, and not probably better than you can get in Chicago.
The only best and plentiful deals I can find are (luckily!) on books from the fabulous library sales.

i completely agree.  there are plently of single stores in random spots, but I can't think of anywhere I would send someone.  like I said before, there's not really any cool neighborhoods lined with the types of stores you are looking for.

but hey, if you come in december, there is the bazaar bizarre and the punk rock flea markets happening!
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« Reply #14 on: November 18, 2004 12:53:05 PM »

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OK. Mass residents, don't hate me. But I am guessing the reason you are not getting that many responses is that there really aren't that many cool clothing/thrift/etc. shops in Boston. I moved out from Seattle almost 2 years ago and I am still looking! It's mostly chain stores with the occasional outlying interesting shop. But not really anything exciting, and not probably better than you can get in Chicago.
The only best and plentiful deals I can find are (luckily!) on books from the fabulous library sales.

Yes, I have to agree that is true.  I think it's too expensive for small businesses to set up shop!  I was walking around today and remembering the old days when there was a Salvation Army store in downtown. 

If you go to Harvard Square, besides the Urban Outfitters basement, there is also a consignment shop on Eliot Street that isn't too bad.  It has higher-end stuff but you can sometimes find good deals.

I have a love/hate relationship with Garment District.  I live close to it, so I go often, and find stuff.  I've had some staff there give me attitude for no apparent reason, though, which I find a little off-putting.  Further, the "recycled" fashions by the resident "designer" are garbage, in my opinion.  The seams aren't even finished!

My husband loves Dollar a Pound (the first floor of the Garment District; it's actually $1.50 a pound now), but I *swear* I've found items with fecal matter on them in there, so . . . BEWARE!

Central Square in Cambridge (Red Line) has a Goodwill and a Salvation Army, plus the fabulous Otro Lado is there on Brookline Street.  Lots of cool Mexican goodies, some clothes, and local crafts.  The proprietress (sp?), Johanna, is a lovely woman whom I've been acquainted with since high school (over 15 years ago!).

Gumshoe is located in Jamaica Plain, but I haven't been in that neighborhood for at least 2 years and don't know if it's still there.  There are some cool stores around there and lots of nice folks, but it seems to take so long to get there from my East Cambridge digs.

Take care!
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alison
« Reply #15 on: November 18, 2004 09:08:41 PM »

Thanks guys!
i think the market is gonna be closed though cause i'm coming in december. >BOOOURNS!<
cheers!

if you're going to be here in december the bazaar bizarre is december 11th and the punk rock flea market is possibly happening on the 4th.
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« Reply #16 on: November 19, 2004 10:16:23 PM »

Oona's on Mass Ave in Harvard Square is a great vintage store, and there's a cute little Tibet shop next door.

There are some great bookstores in Central Square, and another Tibet store. Can you tell I love Tibet stores? Smiley
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DJmahg
« Reply #17 on: November 22, 2004 07:28:02 AM »

When is the punk rock flea market this year? Is there a website? I'll be in boston the 2nd...through...the .... err....like, the next sunday or something. (of decemeber, that is) I'm so organized!
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alison
« Reply #18 on: November 22, 2004 12:17:05 PM »

When is the punk rock flea market this year? Is there a website? I'll be in boston the 2nd...through...the .... err....like, the next sunday or something. (of decemeber, that is) I'm so organized!

it is maybe on the 4th, according to the website (http://www.honeypump.net)  here is the post about it http://board.honeypump.net/t.php?id=25666
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DJmahg
« Reply #19 on: November 24, 2004 06:13:41 PM »

Poop. How will i know when the plans are finalized for the punk rock flea market?
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