The Garment District puts the Goodwill Store—or any other thrift store on Cape Cod—mercilessly to shame due to their sheer volume of clothes. Thankfully, the clothes at the District are divided into four sections to make browsing a little easier:
- $1/pound clothes
- Vintage and
The $1/pound section is extremely popular with students; in fact, one of my college roommates, who was handy with a needle and thread, often scrounged through the piles of clothes for things she could mend. It can be a little intimidating to a novice thrifter because you literally have to dig through heaps of clothes but some liken it to hunting for buried treasure.
The vintage section has clothes from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Each era is classified by types of clothing, such as dresses, pants or blouses. Don’t expect the vintage clothes to be in perfect condition, often there will be rips, tears or stains on the fabric, but the prices are cheap so you get what you pay for.
The regular thrift store takes up the majority of the building. They have a nice selection of designer clothes at rock-bottom prices and most of the styles are pretty current. They also have an enormous shoe section. You could probably spend the better part of a day browsing through the store, so I recommend having a list of things you need in mind before you go. When I went, I was looking for suits for work and a nice evening dress for a fancy dinner. Of course I didn't find anything, but I did have fun trying on the vintage apparel!
So if you're headed up to Boston for a day of shopping, don't forget to add The Garment District to your list!