Want to assemble a perfectly spooky Halloween fit?
Look no further—thrifting is one of the best options to shop for Halloween costumes without breaking the bank, and Boston has no shortage of super-cool thrift shops where you can browse around. Our list of 9 thrift stores includes boutiques and chains of all price ranges and styles, but no matter where you go, you’ll be certain to leave with a Halloween costume that’s completely unique.
1. Vivant Vintage
At Vivant Vintage, western flair meets rock-and-roll vibes to create the perfect spot to curate a ruggedly hip costume—think “70s rock god”, “lonesome cowboy”, or “dad on vacation”! Vivant Vintage boasts a great assortment of affordable second hand apparel, accessories, and housewares, as well as local artist-made products. You really can’t miss it when you walk past, either—the exterior has two massive and colorful murals, perfect for a photo op after your shopping trip!
Find Vivant Vintage on 318 Lincoln Street in Allston.
2. The Garment District
Just a short walk from the Kendall/MIT Red Line T station in Cambridge lies The Garment District, a thrift shop that calls itself an “alternative department store.” It should be absolutely be on your list for Halloween thrift shopping, as the building also houses Boston Costume, one of the area’s biggest costume rental locations. No matter what costume you’re planning—whether is simple, vintage, or intricate— The Garment Disctrict’s massive collection of secondhand clothes for reasonable prices is the place to get it.
Find Garment District at 200 Broadway in Cambridge.
Boomerangs is a popular choice for thrifting in Boston for a reason! With a selection featuring a variety of high-quality new, vintage, and gently-worn clothes and accessories, Boomerangs has a very large range of clothes that will be wearable even after Halloween. Plus, all proceeds from Boomerangs directly helps fund work to improve the lives of thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts. You’ll look good and feel good after shopping here!
Find Boomerangs at 563 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge and 716 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain.
5-6. Great Eastern Trading Company
Founded in 1969 as an army surplus store, Great Eastern Trading Company is one of the very first vintage stores in the Boston area. With two locations in Cambridge and Malden, Great Eastern offers vintage clothes, classic accessories, fun costumes, and a vinyl record shop at each of their stores.
Find Great Eastern Trading Company at 49 River Street in Cambridge and 258 Highland Avenue in Malden.
7-8. Raspberry Beret
Named after the classic Prince song, Raspberry Beret has been offering a great selection of high-quality women’s apparel for over 15 years. Their Cambridge and Maynard locations have hundreds of vintage and contemporary pieces in a wide range of styles and sizes, and for any type of costume you can think of—whether you’re a dressy 1920s flapper or a groovy disco queen.
Find Raspberry Beret at 2302 Mass Avenue in Cambridge and 8 Nason Street in Maynard.
9. 40 South Street
40 South Street is great thrifting gem, with a fun and a down-to-earth vibe. Formerly called Gumshoe, this shop has been in business for 30 years, and their vintage collection is perfectly curated as a result. The aesthetic here is more punk, which means you’ll be able to find killer vintage tees and bold statement shirts galore_perfect for a grungy and hip Halloween look.
Find it at 40 South Street in Jamaica Plain.
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