Boston Boutiques That Won't Break the Bank

By Alicia Deily

Being a college student is often synonymous with being broke. We love to have unique clothing, and especially in today’s recession, that task can be incredibly difficult. Often we are forced to resort to shopping at chain stores, where masses end up buying the same clothes. Luckily, there are a number of stylish and affordable boutiques in the Boston area where you can rock an original look and not break the bank. These small, one-of-a-kind boutiques feature both new and used clothing and accessories. The best part is that all of these shops are conveniently accessible via the “T”. So instead of frequenting the same old chain stores in the mall, hop on the “T” and check out these unique Boston boutiques. No one should have to sacrifice style or originality for money!

Rescue

Neighborhood: Allston/Brighton
T stop: Harvard Ave on the B line
Address: 252 Brighton Ave, Allston
Web: www.rescuebuyselltrade.com
This small thrift store carries men’s and women’s clothing that is both stylish and affordable. Rescue was started by brother and sister duo Jeralyn and Paul Mason. What’s great about this store is that you can bring your old clothes in and get cash or store credit. Therefore, it’s possible to bring old clothes in and literally trade them in for new ones, without ever spending a cent! This method is both eco-friendly and wallet-friendly. The brands range from American Apparel to American Eagle. Be sure to check out the accessories as well. They have a great selection of belts, scarves, and shoes. The store is geared towards the college students in the area, so you’ll feel right at home. A bonus incentive is that sometimes college students get 10 percent off with a valid college ID.

Coco

Neighborhood: Allston/Brighton
T Stop: Harvard Ave on the B line
Address: 185 Harvard Ave, Allston (between Commonwealth Ave & Glenville Ave)
Don’t let the name fool you; cosmetics are only a small part of this hip boutique’s offerings. It carries everything from stylish winter coats to “going out” dresses. The bright, youthful, and fun atmosphere makes this store stick out in the Allston neighborhood. They also carry purses, jewelry, and a small selection of shoes. Shoppers can easily walk in and spend less than one hundred dollars for a completely new ensemble. Compared to other boutiques with similar selections, Coco offers an incredible deal. If you are looking for unique pieces, this is a great place to check out.

Zinnia

Neighborhood: Cambridge
T Stop: Harvard Square
Address: 1300 Massachusetts Ave
Web: www.ilovezinnia.com
There are so many stores in Cambridge that at times, it can be overwhelming. Sometimes the best places get overlooked. Zinnia is a jewelry store that is actually affordable; the pieces are unique and the selection is eclectic. It is hard to walk in here and not leave with a purchase. Whatever your personal style is, you are sure to find something you will love here. The staff is extremely helpful and the atmosphere is welcoming; this is probably due to the fact that it is a family-owned business. Zinnia is also a great place to get gifts and not spend a fortune. Conveniently, there is a on Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge and even a location in Burlington, Vermont. If you are looking for an original piece of jewelry to spice up your wardrobe, be sure not to pass by this store without stopping in.

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