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« Reply #20 on: November 24, 2004 06:32:40 PM »

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

i guess if it isnt finalized yet, it probably won't happen. i'll post if i hear anything...
« Reply #21 on: November 25, 2004 06:35:43 PM »

Thanks. Is the filenes basement in boston awesome? Or is it like the one in chicago, which kinda sucks...
« Reply #22 on: November 26, 2004 03:35:19 PM »

Thanks. Is the filenes basement in boston awesome? Or is it like the one in chicago, which kinda sucks...

the filene's basement in downtown crossing is totally worth going to. its not like normal stores.
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« Reply #23 on: December 01, 2004 12:30:57 PM »

So Im confused there is something the 4th and the 11th? I totally missed bizarre bazaare last year because it was on my first wedding anniversary and we went out of town. but this year its not.
« Reply #24 on: December 01, 2004 06:22:59 PM »

So Im confused there is something the 4th and the 11th? I totally missed bizarre bazaare last year because it was on my first wedding anniversary and we went out of town. but this year its not.

nothing on the 4th (that i know of anyway) but the bazaar bizarre is on the 11th in central sq. 
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« Reply #25 on: December 02, 2004 08:26:40 AM »

Okay, so somebody mentioned Oona's, which is awesome, IMO.  That is right off of Harvard Sq. too, so definitely stop there when you visit the discount-basement Urban Outfitters.

Boomerangs is a thrift store, there's one in Jamaica Plain on Centre St., but it's a chain and there are more locations.  They have some cool stuff most of the time.

Will you have a car at all during your stay?  Any Salvation Army or St. Vincent's is good.  Look them up in the phone book, or http://www.switchboard.com  They have several near downtown that you may not even need a car to get to.

Looks in Cambridge is awesome.  Although I haven't bought anything there yet so I can't vouch for their prices.  They are off of Rt. 2A.  You can walk there from Harvard Sq., it'd take about 10-15 minutes.

While you're in Harvard Sq also check out the brand new Magpie on Huron.  These guys posted in the Craftster classifieds recently, and I plan on consigning with them.

There is a great little place in Brookline (corner of Rt. 9 and Cypress St., 131 Cypress) called Cafe Society.  Get there in the middle of the day, because they have weird hours.  As long as you're there between noon and 6pm you should be golden, including Sat and Sun.  You can take the green line there - it's right by the Brookline Village stop.

Oh yeah there's also Fabulous, Inc. in Inman Sq. (not too far from Harvard Sq., take the bus)  But I think she's kind of overpriced, esp. for the clothes.  Still, Inman Sq. is a cool area, and it'd be worth the trip to check out the Zeitgeist Gallery.

The South End Open Market was all craftsters, every SUnday, but they stopped doing outdoor booths at the end of November.  They are having a holiday (indoor) show though, in the same location - South End Holiday Market.  I definitely have to go to that.

Other events happening in the next 2 weeks are Bazaar Bizarre Boston (Dec 11th) and Crafts at the Castle (Dec 2nd - 5th).

Again, if you can get a car, Providence RI has Craftland (ongoing until Dec. 21st)

Hell, now I think *I* need to print out this list so I don't miss anything! Smiley


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« Reply #26 on: December 02, 2004 09:28:32 AM »

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« Reply #27 on: December 13, 2004 11:31:47 AM »

DJmahg:  if you've never been to the Filene's basement in downtown Boston, be warned: communal dressing room. No stalls. Just one big room with lotsa mirrors.  I'm totally Ok with it now, but I really wish somebody had warned me the first time (blushes).  Wear decent underwear. 
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« Reply #28 on: December 13, 2004 05:28:02 PM »

Excellent advice! I always seem to be wearing my worst undergarments when I shop there!
« Reply #29 on: January 28, 2005 08:40:01 AM »

Gumshoe is still open in JP, it's near the library/Curtis Hall, where the monument is (aka where Centre St becomes South St).  the hours are kind of erratic i think so you should call first.  pricey but periodic "everything's half price" or buy-2-get-1 free sales.. 

i've also heard good things about hadassah thrift store, near the comm ave/brighton split.

FYI about urban outfitters:
urban outfitters is owned by a guy who gives a lot of $$$ to rick santorum (a scary right wing senator).  santorum donates to anti-choice groups and says being gay=child molester/bestiality.  UO has also been in the news for selling some shitty racist stuff (ghettopoly etc).  and supposedly their clothes are made in sweatshops. 

  you can read more here: http://www.mediamouse.org/static/urban_outfitters_markets_civic_apathy.php and http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=26764. wow i just googled "urban outfitters" and "rick santorum" and came up with 10+ pages of hits.

it is hard to find anywhere that doesnt have fucked up politics behind it, i've been trying to stick to thrift stores..
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