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Shop, swap, sell, and save in Boston

Here’s the deal — the swap meet and vintage shopping scene is stellar around Boston.

The view of Snowport's holiday market.

This year the holiday market will return in November.

Photo by @oschapov

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When it comes to Boston’s shopping scene, we love a good treasure hunt — and a good bargain. Our city is home to several stellar markets, fabulous vintage shops, and resale gems. So get in, we’re going shopping.

Holiday markets

The Holiday Market at Snowport
Beginning on Friday, Nov. 10, there will be snow place like the Snowport to shop for the holidays. The Seaport pop-up market features over 120 makers, a tree market, food stations, and a custom cocktail bar from Tuscan Kitchen. Plus, plenty of festive decor, including a mistletoe arch and winter wish wall.

SoWa Winter Festival
The SoWa Power Station transforms into a winter wonderland from Nov. 24-Dec. 17 with hundreds of local vendors, including makers, artists, designers, and specialty food vendors. Plan a visit to 550 Harrison Ave. and don’t skip a visit to the second floor for live music and entertainment.

Harvard Square Holiday Fair
One of the oldest and most popular fairs in the area, this event will pop-up for two weekends and feature a mix of craftspeople, original gifts, music, and community. Visit Brattle Square on Friday, Dec. 15-Sunday, Dec. 17 and Thursday, Dec. 21-Saturday, Dec. 23 to shop and support local vendors.

Christmas Fair at Old South Church
Thirty New England artists will vend their creative offerings in pottery, knits, photography, fine art, jewelry, blown glass, beeswax candles, and turned wood.

"Glad You're Here" letters spelled in chalk on pavement in front of blue former Gas station

This local gathering spot is steps away from Time Out Market.

Photo provided by The Fenway

Flea markets

SoWa Vintage Market
Visit the SoWa arts + design district every Sunday to shop curated collections in fashion, jewelry, art, furnishings, and other objects.

Fenway Flea at the Station
This outdoor market is hosted by Original Markets and features a variety of vendors every Sunday at 1400 Boylston St. Bonus: Stay hydrated and fueled up at The Wine Press Fenway.

Somerville Flea
Look for this seasonal flea market near David Square and Union Square. Shop vintage and antique wares for sale in addition to artisanal products made by talented local craftspeople Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through October.

Brighton Bazzar
This flea market meets craft fair hosts monthly events on weeknights at the Charles River Speedway, as well as on Sundays at The Elks Lodge. Shop a variety of local art, vinyl, and vintage vendors in the Brighton neighborhood.

Boston Women’s Market
This women-owned and operated market feature a variety of vendors and artists of all kinds — from wood-workers, to candle makers, to illustrators. Check the calendar for upcoming events as they are announced.

Person holding up a shirt in a pile of clothing on the floor

You haven’t truly experienced Greater Boston thrifting until you’ve shopped at The Garment District.

Vintage shops

Boomerangs, Multiple locations
Operated by AIDS Action, shop for a cause at the Jamaica Plain or Cambridge locations. For a more curated thrifting experience, head to the South End Special Edition location.

Castanet, 175 Newbury St.
The Newbury Street store is stocked with a variety of high-end clothing and interesting designer pieces.

The Garment District, 200 Broadway, Cambridge
Browse the store’s vast inventory of new and used clothes, plus check out the massive “By the Pound” section to fill up a bag for just $2 per pound.

Great Eastern Trading Company, Multiple locations
Since 1969, Great Eastern Trading Co. has offered historic and unique clothing, accessories, and costumes from the 1920s to the 2000s. There are three locations to explore in Cambridge, Somerville, and Malden.

High Energy Vintage, 429 Somerville Ave., Somerville
Explore a large selection of clothing, shoes, classic vinyl, and old-school video games in Union Square. Pro tip: Check this schedule to see when the shop will pop up at local markets.

Vivant Vintage, 318 Lincoln St.
Head to Allston to browse the eclectic and fun selection of vintage apparel, accessories, housewares, and products made by local artists.

40 South Street, 40 South St.
Check out a rotating selection of hand-picked vintage fashion circa the 60s, 70s, and 80s in Jamaica Plain.

The Thrift Shop of Boston, 33 Corinth St., Roslindale
All proceeds from this nonprofit thrift store’s sales benefit The Home for Little Wanderers, a child and family services agency.

Thrifty Threads, 210 Harvard St., Brookline
Never thrift shopped from a church before? Change that with a visit to this volunteer-led secondhand shop, which has been around since 1993.

Urban Renewals, 630 American Legion Hwy., Roslindale
The large family thrift store’s collection is organized by color, making it easier to scope out hidden gems to add to your wardrobe.

We Thieves, 1307 Cambridge St., Cambridge
The woman-owned and operated business sells carefully selected vintage pieces from its Inman Square storefront.

Resale and consignment shops

Buffalo Exchange, Multiple locations
Buy, sell, and trade clothing at the two locations in Brookline and Somerville.

Covet, Multiple locations
Shop the Beacon Hill, Back Bay, or South Boston locations for a curated collection of trendy items, or bring in your own items for cash.

Vintage Taste, 100 Charles St.
The timeless consignment boutique in Beacon Hill carries modern designer items — peek at the collection on their website before heading over.

Raspberry Beret, 2302 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
This upscale consignment store focuses on vintage, high quality, on-trend, and contemporary items. There’s another location in Maynard if you’re looking to thrift a bit further from the city.

A Black Owned Bos. pop-up market in the Seaport.

The seasonal Black Owned Bos. market pops up in the Seaport during the summer.

Photo provided by Seaport Boston

Seasonal markets

Boston Open Market
Local artists and small businesses pop up for this open-air market every Saturday from May to October. The market is located at the Boylston Street entrance to the Boston Public Garden and features an array of local goods, from stunning jewelry and fashion accessories, to unique pottery and one-of-a-kind home decor.

Black Owned Bos. Market
Black Owned Bos. serves as a platform and resource to highlight and support Black owned businesses and the community. This seasonal Seaport market plans monthly themes and curates a selection of vendors offering clothing, jewelry, makeup, and more.

The Greenway Artisan Market
Support local artisans, designers, and entrepreneurs by exploring the seasonal market along State Street and Atlantic Avenue. Discover unique handmade products, jewelry, crafted goods, and art along The Greenway every Saturday and Sunday from May through October.

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