I've never gone vintage/thrift shopping before, so I decided to give it a try at a couple of places that were close by. I ended up going to Second Time Around (sta) on Newbury Street. They actually have three different stores on this famous street, and I ended up visiting all three. However, it wasn't until I visited the last store that I ended up buying something. Here's what it looks like from outside:
I was actually kind of nervous going into my first thrift shop. I've hears horror stories of people telling me that the clothes are disgusting and that it's a complete mess. However, going into sta, all the racks were neatly lined. If there are any further discounts in the store, it is marked by the color of their price tags. Most of the clothes I browsed through were in good condition, and apparently, they look through the clothes first before they buy it from other people. I've noticed that they have things from Ann Taylor, J.Crew, Theory, Northface, Coach, and even Burberry.
I was actually looking for some vintage pearls, but their jewelry section was rather limited. I ended up buying a black DKNY 100% Leather Size 4 pants for $44.50 (original price was $87 at sta, I think, but it was a red tag, which meant I also got 50% off). I tried looking online to see how much this sells for retail, but the closest thing I could find was a couple of ebay posts here and here with the starting bid at around $29. Overall though I'm happy with my purchase. I've been looking for some leather pants that won't put me into bankruptcy. In general, I know that 100% real leather pants retail at over $100. The leather is really soft, but I don't think I could tuck the pants into my long boots. I'll probably have to wear ankle boots with these.
I think I'll continue my thrift shopping. Who knows if I'll find any other treasures?
Update: According to the ebay post here, these leather pants retail at $500. O.O