Second-Hand Stores in Gloucester and Rockport: printable summary

Back in June, I moved to a new apartment, and did some shopping at second-hand stores (thrift stores, consignment stores, antique stores, etc.).  I soon realized that there were more stores of that kind than I had suspected!  So, I started my series of posts on second-hand stores in Gloucester and Rockport. What I didn’t even suspect was that I’d end up with a list of 28 stores, almost all of which I’d visit and photograph!

If you have been following this blog, you’ve probably seen at least some of my posts in this series.  Unfortunately, two of the stores I visited have since closed – “Stuff” on Main Street (which closed before I could post about it) and “Junque and Disorderly” on Washington Street.  But that still leaves us with a list of 26 stores, with a significant range of specialties and prices! I was able to visit all but two of them in person.

My conclusion after this marathon of posts is that Gloucester and Rockport should be known as a destination for second-hand items of all kinds: clothes (contemporary and vintage, for men, women and children), furniture, interior decoration, books, music, art, tools, etc.  A few of the stores are only open in the summer, but many are year-round.

To make this information available in a manageable format, and to encourage people to “make the rounds” of the stores, I compiled a spreadsheet with the name, brief description, location, hours, website, phone number, email, and a link my GMG post about the store (where applicable). I wasn’t able to get all the information for every store, so if you have official data to help me complete or correct the spreadsheet, please leave the information in a comment on this post!

For the moment, I am making the spreadsheet available in a printable PDF file here: Second Hand Stores in Gloucester-Rockport – 13-09-09.  It is 6 pages long, each page providing different info about all the stores (i.e. page 1 has the names and descriptions, page 2 is names and locations, page 3 has the names and hours…).  Once the information is confirmed, I will possibly format it as a Word document, depending on what turns out to be most convenient and manageable.

Did I leave any stores out? (I just remembered one that should probably be on the list and isn’t…) What would be the best format? Suggestions are welcome!

- Matthew Green

3 comments

  • lvv your idea! friends and I visit as often as possible(from vt.) and after years of searching,enjoy the many thrifts and consignments on the north shore! As a visitor to the cape;we find a small listing of all consignments and thrift shops (addresses also) on a flyer at the front desk of each shop! This is most helpful..On an annual basis,we are able to find newly opened shops and sadly also learn of those closed! It is exciting to find treasures and give them a new home!!! thank you for your efforts ..esp. enjoyed your blizzard pics!

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  • thank you! This is awesome!

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  • Gloucester may have a lot of second hand stores but if you check out the storage facility on Witham St. (I believe) on the weekend you may find better bargains as people open their sheds to sell things so they can store more stuff. But the best bargains of all could be found at the Rockport dump all sorted and waiting to be reused, if you got a Rockport sticker or a friend with one on their vehicle. Haven’t been there in over 30 years but I believe they know when they have a good thing going.

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