Best Vintage Clothing in Boston

2015 Best Vintage Clothing

SoWa Vintage Market


If the thrill is in the hunt, then giddiness springs eternal at SoWa’s weekly conglomerate of throwback merchants. Clothing hawkers come and go throughout the year, but you’re always guaranteed…Read More

2014 Best Vintage Clothing



If you lack the patience to sift through piles and paw through racks to find vintage gems, head to this Harvard Square institution, where staffers have done the treasure-hunting for…Read More

2013 Best Vintage Clothing



The success of a vintage look is generally determined by whether or not it screams “time machine.” That’s why we love Artifaktori, in Beacon Hill. Its iconic accessories immediately make…Read More

2012 Best Vintage Clothing



Not everyone who shops at vintage spots wants to resemble a ’50s pinup gal—including us. We’d rather comb through the brilliantly stocked, sensibly priced racks at Artifaktori for cozy fisherman’s…Read More

2011 Best Vintage Clothing

Poor Little Rich Girl


Score iconic pieces from every era—Edwardian velvet gowns, 1950s sock-hop skirts, and last season’s Marc Jacobs babydoll dresses, for starters—at well-below-typical vintage prices at these twin north-of-the-river boutiques. Scarves, shoes,…Read More

2008 Best Vintage Clothing

Bobby from Boston


For anyone who didn’t have a crazy great-aunt who spent like a fiend, wore things once, and saved it all, owner Bobby Garnett has an unreal stockpile of immaculately kept…Read More

2007 Best Vintage Clothing



This is vintage for the finicky. No wading through bins, no discarding racks’ worth of garments for signs of age or questionable authenticity. Co-owner and former high school history teacher…Read More

2005 Best Vintage Clothing

Café Society


When it comes to looking good, creativity is key. Learn to express yourself, piece together original outfits, and steer away from mass-marketed merchandise by heading to Café Society. The store’s…Read More

2004 Best Vintage Clothing



Given fashion’s current obsession with the past, the vintage store is at the forefront of style. Oona’s, just outside Harvard Square, has us swooning over vintage leather jackets, dresses from…Read More

2003 Best Vintage Clothing

The Garment District


You might have trouble concentrating on the threads inside this giant Alice-in-Wonderland warehouse. After all, the décor—from a statue of a silver horse in full stampede to a collection of…Read More

2002 Best Vintage Clothing

Garment District


Rummaging through the racks at the Garment District is like looking for the Mona Lisa at the Louvre. That perfect paisley shirt, pleather skirt, or even preppy blue blazer is…Read More

2001 Best Vintage Clothing



This small store has been catering to the Cambridge and Boston cognoscenti for nearly 30 years. Vintage clothing hounds flock here to pick through the recycled threads from the past…Read More

2000 Best Vintage Clothing

Maude Mango


If all the apocalyptic angst surrounding last New Year’s Eve proved anything it’s that the past is not such a bad place to be. Dress the part, why don’t you:…Read More

1999 Best Vintage Clothing

Cafe Society


With fashion taking its inspiration from all things retro, you might want to check out the real thing. This store carries men’s and women’s clothing and accessories form the ’30s,…Read More

1994 Best Vintage Clothing

Second Time Around


One test of a truly great vintage clothing store is its selection of well-worn Levis. Second Time Around has the city’s best collection of gently worn denim, as well as…Read More

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