First, my shopping mantra: (1) find what suits you (and remember that not everything will), (2) use your imagination, and (3) don't be afraid to try something different.
Next, my deck of cards. Pull any of these to keep the heads turning and the masses guessing.
- (Updated on 7/16/10) Dame (68 South St., Jamaica Plain) - forgive my french, but this place is f*cking fantastic. Upon walking in, you can tell immediately that the owner has impeccable taste and an eye for details. What makes Dame even more extra special? Local clothing designers and artists also sell their wares in this store. I'm going to start making monthly trips to JP just to make sure I don't miss anything. I left the store with a 60's era romper (score!) and vintage filligree earrings from Germany. My bank account had better watch out.
- Raspberry Beret (Porter Sq., Cambridge) - a quirky, fun and colorful mix of clothing is to be found here. Vintage items range from the mid 60's to the late 80's. It also includes contemporary items.
- Second Time Around (Newbury St., Back Bay) - a good place to start if you're new to consignment shopping. I can't tell you how many Banana Republic tops I've scored here and at nearly 75% off the original price. Why pay $68 for a top when I can get it (barely worn) for $18?
- Poor Little Rich Girl (Imman Sq., Cambridge/Newbury St., Back Bay) - lots of vintage style in the form of clothing, jewlery, and hats. The vintage items in Inman offer mid-50's to the late 70s, while the shop in Back Bay has pre-1950s items.