Transitions US Map & Phone & Address
• 484 Harrison Ave. Boston; (617)423-3657
Opened with much fanfare in the spring of 95, Transitions is run by the noted shelter for the homeless, the Pine Street Inn. Packed with donated clothing and housewares that are not used for its residents, the store has been one of Boston’s better thrifts from day one. The names seen here may surprise you: Liz Claiborne, Ralph Lauren, Jones New York, Anne Klein, and others. People give the nicest stuff for a good cause wouldja believe one million pounds’ worth a year?
A men’s suit by Geoffrey Beene was recently seen here for $9.99. A pair of girls’ jeans from The Limited for $2.99. Dresses go for $4.99 to $7.99. Not to mention stuffed animal toys for 500, Afghan blankets for $5 (new ones for $10), books, dishware, and more.
In keeping with its mission, Transitions gives employment opportunities to the shelter’s “guests,” who seek stability in their lives; hence, the store’s name. Profits help the Inn purchase essential goods. In short, buying some cool retro outfit and saving a ton of money has never been nobler.
The store’s entrance is just off Harrison Ave. at the rear of a large parking lot; look for signs on the side of the building. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am. to 5:30 PM.