We are much more than just a vintage shop! Our store’s largest department is contemporary clothing. Filled to the brim with garments from the past three years, our contemporary department has everything you need to keep up with current high trends – even on a low budget.
New items arrive daily, so you’ll see a different selection each time you visit. Whether you’re looking for business attire, casual apparel, or party clothes, we carry it all. We have women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, as well as a section of brand new apparel. The contemporary department is chock full of shirts, pants, jeans, sport coats, jackets, sweaters, skirts and dresses. We also stock seasonal garments like winter coats or summer shorts.
The majority of our contemporary clothing is gently used; some garments may even be unworn – with the original tags still attached. You’ll be amazed at the savings!
Our women’s contemporary section is the largest in the store. We have racks of dresses, suits, tops, and bottoms. Whether for work or play, night or day…we have items for every occasion and style!
Pants, jeans, and skirts in our Women’s Contemporary section start at $7.00, shirts and blouses are $7.00-$14.00, and dresses start at $10.00.
From business suits and button-downs to tee shirts and jeans, our men’s contemporary section carries a wide range of apparel to fit any occasion and style.
We also have a Work/Military section, made up of durable garments that won’t quit on the job! You’ll find items like flannel shirts, durable rain-gear, uniforms, overalls, and more.
We regularly stock a large selection of both men’s and women’s designer clothing, as well as accessories and shoes. You’ll find casual clothes to evening wear – and everything in between.
The specific labels vary, but you will often find Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Betsey Johnson, Coach, Marc Jacobs, BCBG, Salvatore Ferragamo, Kate Spade, Ben Sherman, Oscar de la Renta, 7 For All Mankind, and more.
We sell brand new clothing for both men and women. Since much of the new clothing is available in multiple sizes, you’ll be able to find the perfect garment in your size.
Our selections changes constantly, but you may find brands such as Rock Steady, Hell Bunny and American Apparel. We often add new brands to keep up with current styles.
At The Garment District, you’ll find fantastic deals for the entire family. Our kids’ clothing ranges from infant-sized onesies to pre-teen boys’ and girls’ garments.
It’s incredible how quickly children can outgrow their clothes! But with individual items in our kids’ clothing section starting at just $3.00, you’ll be able to replace outgrown clothing without breaking the bank.
Looking for sporty sneakers, dapper dress shoes, fierce flats and more? Look no further! We carry new and used shoes for both men and women. You’ll find all styles: cowboy boots, dress shoes, heels and pumps, flats, sneakers and athletic shoes, tux shoes, clogs, wedges, oxfords, go-go boots and more. You’ll also find seasonally-appropriate footwear – sandals in the summer and warm boots in the winter.
With styles ranging from the latest trends to classic designs, there’s always something for everyone. Whether you need shoes for everyday wear, a special occasion, or a costume, you’ll find it here.
We also have a section for men’s and women’s designer shoes. Many of our designer shoes are priced between $15.00 and $35.00, so you can treat your feet to designer luxury without shelling out hundreds of dollars per pair!
We love cowboy boots, and you will love our selection. With a blend of practicality and style, cowboy boots are a perfect addition to any wardrobe.
You’ll find classic western and roper styles for both men and women. There’s a wide range of styles from understated to exotic. We also have packer and lacer boots, engineer and motorcycle boots and more.
Buying gently used shoes allows the frugal fashionista to keep her feet outfitted in fabulous footwear without spending a fortune. Starting at $8.00, you’ll find shoes in a wide range of styles, colors, and sizes. Most of the shoes in this section are from the last few years, with authentic vintage treasures sometimes available.
From sneakers to stilettos – you’ll always find them here!
Our Designer Shoe section features some of the biggest names in footwear! With Designer shoes at The Garment District starting at just $15, you can afford to outfit yourself in designer duds from head to toe!
You’ll find labels such as Salvatore Ferragamo, Frye, Hunter, Stuart Weitzman, Cole Haan, Ugg, Betsey Johnson, Jeffrey Campbell, Tory Burch, and more.
In our New Shoes section, you’ll find a rainbow of go-go boots, saddle shoes, pirate boots, pumps, ruby slippers, 70’s platforms, and more for all of your costume party needs, all available in a variety of sizes.
In addition to costume shoes, we stock a variety of brand new shoes for everyday wear, such as sneakers, sandals, or boots.
Add some flair to what you wear! We carry accessories to complete any outfit. From vintage and designer pieces to contemporary bargain items, you’ll find it all.
Our bargain used accessories include neckties, silky scarves, hats, suspenders, bags, hats, belts, shawls, jewelry, and more. In our decades departments, we have authentic bags, ties, belts and more from the 1950’s through 1990’s.
We also carry new accessories, such as sunglasses, hats, tights, socks, suspenders, belts, bags and jewelry. You’ll find current fashions as well as retro styles, like 50’s cat-eye glasses or 80’s legwarmers.
Whether you’re looking for an everyday accessory or looking to complete a costume, we always carry fabulous accessories for any occasion.
From contemporary handbags to designer clutches, vintage beaded purses to 1980’s fanny packs – we always carry a plethora of bags for any occasion and style!
Contemporary purses typically start at $8, Designer bags start at $15, 1980’s/1990’s bags start at $10, and 1950’s-1970’s bags start at $15.
We carry a range of men’s neckties and bowties, as well as new and used suspenders. You’ll find Contemporary, Designer, 1980’s/1990’s, 1960’s/1970’s, Vintage, and Costume styles. Whether you’re looking for a special bowtie for Prom or an affordable tie for the office, we’ve got you covered.
Contemporary ties start at $5, Decades ties start at $7, and Designer ties start at $10.
Our huge selection of sunglasses are perfect for protecting your peepers from the hot summer sun, or finishing off your costume or party outfit in style! We tons of styles to choose from: aviators, wayfarers, cat eyes, and more in a range of colors.
The majority of our sunglasses are just $10 per pair, so you can grab a pair for every day of the week!
We carry a wide range of everyday hat styles, including: summer sunhats, fedoras, baseball caps, trucker hats, and top hats, as well as costume hats such as cowboy hats or colonial Tricorns.
We also stock brand new hair accessories, including hair bows, headbands, scrunchies, and barrettes.
We carry a variety of jewelry, including contemporary, retro, and vintage necklaces, bracelets, earrings, pins and brooches, rings, and more.
New and contemporary used jewelry is usually between $5 and $15, and vintage jewelry is usually $15 and up.
Our scarves and shawls range from silky summer scarves to warm winter wraps.
Our contemporary silky scarves are only $4, and Vintage and Designer scarves are individually priced but start at around $10.
We carry a dazzling array of new hosiery in all colors and styles. We have socks, tights, legwarmers, fishnets, thigh-highs, knee-highs, and more.
Socks and tights start at around $4 per pair, and we carry Standard and Plus sizes in many styles.
50's, 60's & 70's
Be sure to check out our vintage department, where we feature an ever-changing collection of clothing and accessories from the nifty fifties, swinging sixties and super seventies. From dapper to disco, pinup to punk, mid-century to mod… we carry it all. You may even find treasures from the 1940’s and earlier. Take home a piece of history!
The vintage department is bursting with fashion classics for both men and women. You’ll find dresses, skirts, sportcoats, suits, pants, shirts and blouses, sweaters and cardigans, pants and jeans, coats, pajamas, lingerie and more. Our vintage accessories include handbags, ties, gloves, belts and hats. You may even find deadstock items, unworn and with the original tags still attached!
Whether for everyday or costume wear, vintage garments are a perfect addition to any closet. Add a sense of classic sophistication and retro chic to your wardrobe!
The super seventies saw a continuation of late 1960’s hippie and bohemian fashions, and also brought us disco, punk and glam rock. We carry all the 70’s classics: minis, midis, maxis, suits, wrap dresses, flared trousers, wide-collared shirts and more.
Dresses and gowns are $12.00-$36.00, pants are $8.00-$20.00 and sport coats range from $9.00 to $24.00. Groovy!
From pretty pastels to psychedelic paisleys, we have it all! Our 1960’s clothing reflects early 60’s elegance, mod and space age fashions of the mid-60’s and late 60’s hippie styles.
The 1960’s saw the birth of mini-skirts and bell-bottoms, and you’ll find them here. We also carry suits, dresses, pants and jeans, sportcoats and blazers, shirts, blouses and more.
Our Vintage department is stuffed with true vintage treasures from the atomic age and earlier. You’ll marvel at the craftsmanship on these timeless, stylish garments.
Dresses start at just $20.00, sweaters start at $16.00, pants start at $12.00 and skirts start at $12.00.
80's & 90's
1980’s and 1990’s inspirations are all over today’s fashion runways. Why not go back to the source with eye-catching authentic 80’s and 90’s garments?
Our 80’s and 90’s department boasts plenty of electric neon colors, floral prints, acid-washed denim, flannels, puffy shoulders, static patterns, animal print, babydoll dresses, rock tee shirts and so much more. From 80’s New Wave, valley girl, and hair metal to 90’s grunge, casual chic and bohemian revival fashions, we have it all.
Be sure to check out our Decades Designer section, filled with 1950’s-1990’s garments from fashion’s hottest names, such as Givenchy, Missoni, Betsey Johnson/Alley Cat, Oscar de la Renta, Jean Paul Gaultier, and more.
You’ll find vintage 80’s and 90’s purses, belts, and other accessories. We also carry new retro accessories to help complete your outfit: fishnets, legwarmers, wayfarer and aviator sunglasses, leggings, fingerless gloves, earrings, and bangle bracelets.
90’s fashions often emphasized casual chic and simple comfort, letting 90’s trends easily translate to a modern wardrobe.
You’ll find flannels, babydoll and floral dresses, over-sized tee shirts, Baja pull-overs, trench coats, 1960’s hippie- and mod-inspired items, denim jackets, hip-hop inspired garments and more.
We love the 80’s, and you’ll love our totally tubular selection of 80’s clothing. Whether you’re looking for power suits or tacky sweaters, we have a range of 80’s gear from glamorous to gaudy.
Blouses and shirts start at $6.00, sweaters are $6.00 to $16.00, dresses and gowns are $9.00 and up, and pants and skirts are $7.00 and up.
The newest department at The Garment District is Decades Designer, offering beautiful designer clothing from the 1950’s-1990’s.
You’ll see labels such as: Thierry Mugler, Jean Muir, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian LaCroix, Chanel, Armani, Christian Aujard, Fendi, Oscar de la Renta, Betsey Johnson, Scaasi, Missoni, Krizia, Valentino, Mollie Parnis, Escada, and Marimekko, among others!
The Garment District isn’t alone at our location: the first floor of 200 Broadway is home to Boston Costume, Boston’s biggest and best costume store!
If you’re looking to take your costume to the next level, look no further than Boston Costume’s selection of theatrical-quality rental costumes. Boston Costume’s dazzling selection of rental costumes includes historical figures, parade animal mascots, superheroes, pop culture figures, pirates, decades costumes, holiday specialties, uniforms, and so much more.
In addition to thousands of rental costumes, Boston Costume also carries retail costumes and accessories. There’s something to fit any style and budget. Come to 200 Broadway to see their full selection of costumes, wigs, hats, theatrical makeup, masks, and more.
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By The Pound
Every morning when the store opens we take an 850lb bale of clothing – snap open the wires and let the public shop. On Saturday & Sunday we put out multiple bales. Everything is mixed together – mens, women’s kids – every style and decade all mixed together. At various times of the week we fill tables with paired shoes, bric-a-brac, purses, bags & belts. You pay by weight, the cost is $2.00 per pound ($1.00 per pound every Friday.) It’s an unusual & fun way to shop and no two days are the same.
All items are $2.00/lb, and only $1.00/lb on Fridays!
By The Pound’s road to becoming a Boston institution began in 1981 when one Saturday morning a few bales were opened on the floor of an old Cambridge soap factory. Back then it was called Dollar-A-Pound, and there were only a few hours a week you could shop through the thousands of pounds of clothing. We opened at 7:45 because people just kept coming in earlier & earlier and closed at 2:00 so that we could go out to the racetrack. Many things have changed since those days. By the Pound has been given many coats of paint & is now open 7 days a week instead of one.
This shopper’s world – Sept. 6, 2009 I came here from the West Coast, where being a little weird is normal and a lot weird is even better. At first glance, Boston seemed to be populated by straitlaced business types with places to go and corporate ladders to climb.
I was starting to wonder where the alternative types hung out – and shopped. Downtown Crossing and Newbury Street have their perks, but I was on the hunt for some quirks.
I found a little piece of indie heaven at the Garment District in Cambridge. It bills itself as an “alternative department store,’’ and it lives up to its claim. It’s a superstore of new and pre-loved clothing from the shift dresses of the 1920s to the now-trendy ’80s fashion disasters to reasonably-priced new clothes from independent designers.
It also has costume attire, jewelry, and a rainbow assortment of tights and leggings.
But I couldn’t be bothered by such frivolity; I dedicated my time to scaling the textile mountain better known as the dollar-a-pound section.
Covering most of the first floor of the store, the area is a testament to frugality, absurdity, and inefficiency. Dedicated shoppers crouch or sit on the floor and sort through mounds of clothes of various sizes, styles, and origins. No racks, no hangers, no bins. It’s an excavation.
After half an hour of digging, I had three great finds that weighed in at exactly one pound, including a black summer dress from the Gap. If my math is right, it cost me around 45 cents. Not too shabby.
by Tara Ballenger