Where you should go shopping for Designer shoe
The Garment District US
200 Broadway, Cambridge; (617)876-5230
Probably the area’s best vintage clothing store, this place is huge and they’ve recently expanded and cleaned up the act. Their clothes are super-cheap as well as fancy: You can find men’s Italian suits, or taffeta prom dresses, from $ 10 to $25. Plus a children’s section. They even use a Filene’s Basement-type markdown system.
There is usually a big rack of blue jeans for $9.99; long tweed winter coats for as little as $20, especially off-season; skirts from $5 to $20, and much more. And that doesn’t even touch the kooky stuff; you won’t find a larger collection of Hawaiian shirts ($5 to $10) in town.
Another interesting line is restyled clothing by the quirky local designer Eddie Kent. He takes vintage clothes, cutting and sewing them into new creations that blend the present with the past They are wild. Dresses run from $25 to $50; a pair of black velour hot pants with a rhinestone belt was $28; and a flowered minidress was $26.
More recently, the Garment District has added vintage records to match its clothing. Records from the 1940s to the present sell for $2-$3.
The store is open daily until 7 PM.; parking is extremely limited.
But, before we leave this district, Mr. C must mention the phenomenon known as Dollar A Pound. Once a weekend-only event, the first level of this warehouse now opens up each day from 9 a m. to 2 p.m. (Saturdays and Sundays from 7:45 A.M. to 1 PM.). They sell off old clothes that would have been made into rags for the shipping industry but may still have some value if you’re into the worn look. It all goes for, you guessed it, $1 a pound.