Cambridge Cash Buyout!

Our Cambridge location will be hosting its first Cash Buyout of 2020 on Sunday, March 1 from 12-4PM.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Wait times may vary and could exceed 30 minutes. We expect this event to be busy and we appreciate your patience.
  • We are buying spring items only! NO coats, heavy sweaters, or winter accessories. See a list of spring styles we are looking for here.
  • Buyout prices are typically lower than consignment earnings. We may recommend consignment for certain items of higher value. 
  • You may opt for cash or store credit. Store credit is valid for 18 months and earns you a 15% discount when used. 
  • We may refuse to purchase any item regardless of brand, style, or condition. All items brought in for consideration to our Cash Buyouts must meet the same quality and presentation requirements as items brought in for consignment. Brush up on our quality standards here.

Hope to see you there!

Join Our Maynard Team!

We are looking for a new dedicated team member for our Maynard location! This is a part time position, ~20 hours per week, starting in early March. Read more below:

Raspberry Beret is a local boutique that specializes in new and consigned women’s fashion—a go-to for modern style, classic vintage, and luxury clothing and accessories. From Gucci and Hermes to Bonwit Teller and Alfred Shaheen and so much in between, Raspberry Beret aims to provide high quality, unique pieces at a reasonable price.

CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS

  • Previous retail/sales experience (consignment/secondhand a plus!)
  • Availability Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.
  • Working knowledge of and interest in learning about modern and vintage brands, styles, and values.
  • Attention to detail/eye for style — ability to accurately identify and describe inventory in our database (fabrics, colors, garment styles, patterns, etc.), maintaining displays and store appearance/cleanliness, providing customers and consignors with a personalized, thorough experience.
  • Social Media literacy (Instagram, Facebook, Poshmark) and the ability to compose on-brand photos and captions for all social media outlets, willingness to appear in photos, baseline knowledge of product photography, sharing content across multiple platforms.
  • Computer literacy — Google suite (Calendar, Docs, Sheets, Gmail), Windows 10, data entry/POS software, ability to accurately research items to find their value.
  • Ability to be on your feet for long periods of time and ability to carry up to 40lbs of inventory throughout the store
  • Friendly, approachable, professional demeanor — You will be dealing with lots of people with lots of different attitudes. We need to meet them all with the same level of professionalism.
  • Sense of humor, wit, confident attitude — We have a lot of fun here, and we want our customers to share in and feed off of that experience.
  • Eagerness to learn and be an integral part of our team!

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Open, close the store on your own. Shifts start/end 30 minutes before/after open/close.
  • Provide customers with an attentive, fun, successful shopping experience — answering their questions, starting fitting rooms for them, listening to them talk about their lives even though you didn’t ask, helping them find the right pieces to complete their vision.
  • Answering/screening calls and emails with signature Raspberry Beret professionalism.
  • General store maintenance — vacuuming, dusting, emptying fitting rooms and returning items to their correct location in the store, merchandising/displays, sizing/colorizing racks…
  • Tagging (data entry: describing items, researching and identifying the right prices) new inventory in a timely manner.
  • Posting regularly to social media (Instagram, facebook, Poshmark). This is where knowledge of product photography is crucial.
  • Ring up sales, taking cash, debit/credit, and gift certificate payments
  • Marking down inventory as needed.
  • Familiarize yourself with our inventory, as it is constantly changing, to best serve our customers.
  • Book consignment appointments.
  • Ensure consignors are aware of our policies and procedures.
  • Select items for consignment. We’ll teach you what to look for!
  • Communicate efficiently with co-workers and management about store happenings and any conflicts, scheduling issues, etc.
  • Complete any general tasks as needed.

This position is a great opportunity for anyone looking to advance themselves in the world of sustainable fashion. While our store is female-focused, we encourage any and all interested parties to apply. Raspberry Beret is an inclusive and supportive business that does not discriminate against individuals based on their age, race, religion, size, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

TO APPLY

Email your resume and a blurb about yourself to shopraspberryberet@gmail.com.

Getting Acquainted: Rachel Higgins

For all of us who work at Raspberry Beret, secondhand clothing is more than just a job — it’s a way of life! We may vary greatly in our tastes, but we share the same enthusiasm for sustainable style and great vintage finds. And we think it’s time we shared a bit about ourselves with our awesome customers and consigners.

Meet Rachel, reformed emo kid, Spaghetti-O enthusiast and captain of the USS Cambridge Raspberry Beret.

Where are you from?

I grew up on the north shore, in a crummy town called Tewksbury. There’s no reason to go there or look it up.

How would you describe your personal style? What are your biggest fashion influences?

….All over the place! It’s kind of like Joan Jett and Liza Minelli had a baby and that baby looooooves Post Malone. Lots of leather, sequins, and chains. Growing up, I took a lot of inspiration from style icons such as Avril Lavigne and the preppy girls who bullied me. A lot of my style from yesteryear has carried over to the present day, but I’ve definitely refined the edges a bit. I’m still wearing band tees and jeans and converse, but now I might throw on a blazer or a silk scarf and I’ve swapped out my bottle cap liner bracelets for sterling rings.

How did you first become interested in fashion?

Well, for my fifth birthday, my aunt gave me a big tote full of dress up clothes (feather boas, sparkly shoes, dresses, jewelry, yadda yadda) and I think it just kind of snowballed from there. Fashion, as a career, was not something I really considered until I landed at Raspberry Beret. I worked for a few years as a product photographer for an online estate sale auction house, where I got my first real taste of the buying-selling-vintage sort of world. Being a left-brained gal, I’ve always seen fashion and personal style as an art form, a way to express yourself, and that’s always been really important to me.

What do you love about secondhand fashion?

As an aggressively sentimental person, secondhand fashion (secondhand anything, really) is very special to me. Being able to continue the legacy of Aunt Jo’s favorite Levi’s or so-and-so’s dress coat from the winter of ’82 is just sort of … lovely to me. It’s sort of like borrowing your mom’s clothes and feeling like you’ve got her energy running through you. It’s true that somebody’s trash is another man’s treasure. You never know what you’re going to find at a secondhand store. The thrill of the hunt is also really exciting, and knowing that you have stuff that probably no-one else does. Secondhand fashion is unique, it’s emotional, it’s good for the planet … and it’s a nice little way to tip your hat to the folks before us who bought that souvenir t-shirt at Margaritaville or that dope leather jacket with the fringe that they wore every day while they were dating Todd, the most beautiful man they’d ever seen.

What are your biggest wardrobe staples? 

Mom jeans. Chelsea boots. Lots and lots (and lots) of rings. Vintage tees, my gold bamboo hoop earrings with my name spelled out across them, my yellow wool Brixton fisherman’s cap, and a jacket to match every outfit.

Is there anything that you’ve been binge watching lately?

Well I’ve just finished The X Files for like the sixth time, and I’ve been watching a lot of This Old House and Criss Angel. I don’t watch a lot of TV, it’s mostly for when I go to bed. I am looking forward to streaming all of Joe Pera Talks With You when that’s available.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I’ve always hated this question. I never know! It’s becoming more and more clear to me that I think I’d like to open my own shop someday, selling housewares, knick knacks, and apparel. Who knows if that’s something that will happen in the next five years (probably not) but I definitely see myself either at The Beret or finally deciding I’ve had enough of Boston and getting the hell out of here. That’s TBD 🙂

What is your astrological sign? Which traits of your sign (if any) do you most embody?

I’m a Gemini >:) Everybody’s favorite! I’ve always identified with the “many personalities” aspect of being a gemini — it’s especially evident in my wardrobe. Gemini’s are also known for their independence, charm, and impulsiveness. Check, check, and check!

Rapid-fire favorites…

  • Food the regular beef/spicy chicken shawarma plate at Garlic N Lemons in Allston with rice pilaf, garlic sauce (two kinds!) and Greek style veggie salad. I am salivating just thinking about it.
  • Color Red 🙂
  • Band Good Charlotte, Blink-182, Fleetwood Mac, Post Malone. He counts.
  • Movie Willy Wonka, The Lost Boys, every Austin Powers… I could go on, it’s hard to choose.
  • Holiday I’ve really grown to dislike holidays, due mostly to capitalism and the immense societal pressure to have The Most Fun Time but still, Halloween has always been my #1.
  • Designer Honestly…Liz Claiborne, Alfred Dunner, and Bill Blass.

Spring 2020 Consignment

2020 is here, baby! We’re very much looking forward to our first wave of consignment for the new decade. Here are some styles we’ll be looking for from late January to April:

Sterling jewelry 
Pastels and florals (duh)
VINTAGE, VINTAGE, VINTAGE! (50s-70s primarily)
Mom Jeans
Pearls
Denim
Pleated maxi skirts
Coveralls
Day Dresses
Statement belts
Everything in size 12-16
Graphic tees
Bishop sleeve blouses
Crochet/loose knits
Bright, bold, neons
Ruffles
Lightweight Leather
Slip dresses/tops/skirts
Mules
Rain boots + jackets
Platform shoes
Mini backpacks
Lightweight sweaters
Fanny packs
Bold, groovy prints
Vintage sunglasses
Basics from more contemporary relative brands like Marimekko, Dansko, Eileen Fisher
Reusable canvas/cloth tote bags
Silk scarves
Natural fibers
Prom*

As always, items consigned at Raspberry Beret have gotta *POP*. We are keen on providing unique and sustainable pieces that make a statement.

We are leaving boring and blah in 2019!

Cambridge is currently booking appointments into February. Call or book an appointment online today to get in for Spring or Summer!

*Cambridge is very selective with prom inventory. Typically, vintage is preferred to contemporary. Please e-mail us directly with photos before bringing gowns in! Prom dresses are only consigned between February and March.

Getting Acquainted: Julianne Bonfilio a.k.a. Jules

For all of us who work at Raspberry Beret, secondhand clothing is more than just a job — it’s a way of life! We may vary greatly in our tastes, but we share the same enthusiasm for sustainable style and great vintage finds. And we think it’s time we shared a bit about ourselves with our awesome customers and consigners.

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Meet Jules, vintage fashion extraordinaire and team member at both our Cambridge and Maynard stores.

Where are you from?

I was born in Waltham (right outside of Boston) but I went to gradeschool in Maynard, where our baby sister location is. You can find me there on Saturdays, styling away. During my time in Maynard, which was most of my life, we did not have a women’s clothing store in town, let alone a sustainable fashion retailer. Growing up in Maynard there wasn’t a single shop for me to buy clothing so most of my time was spent shopping elsewhere on my own!

How would you describe your personal style?

My style is a mix of the decades that influenced my mother (60s, 70s, 80s) and contemporary looks. I like to mix clean lines and structured statement pieces with different textures and unique pieces from the past. 

What are your biggest fashion influences?

Street Fashion, my mom, Stevie Nicks, 90’s Pop Culture.

How did you first become interested in fashion?

I played around with some modeling stuff when I was younger and as long as I can remember I have always had an interest in fashion beyond the norm. 

What do you love about secondhand fashion?

Gosh — I never imagined the secondhand fashion market would evolve the way it has. It used to leave a bad taste in people’s mouths, but now people are embracing it. I knew it was important to me, and I knew I’d attempt to make a living or something out of it, but nothing prepared me for the the idea that thrifting would be as chic as carrying a Bloomies shopping bag. I couldn’t ever afford to carry a big brown bag, and now we live in a time where no one wants to. It’s a bit surreal.

I never thought secondhand clothing would become a platform for income, art, and so much more.  The possibilities I always thought were endless proved to be true in ways I never imagined — now, there are apps tailored to vintage shopping and pickers. I never did this because it was “cool” its a way of life. It has been in my family for generations, and it’s exciting to have so much media dedicated to something I’ve held so dear my whole life.

What are your biggest wardrobe staples? 

Completely outlandish, over-the-top silhouettes and then just the exact opposite; lately I’ve been interested in very simple pieces to layer with.

Is there anything that you’ve been binge watching lately?

Honestly, I’m always watching bad crime shows, and I love watching anything on Netflix that I can settle into on a cozy day off. Sometimes, depending on the project I’m working on, I will rewatch something from a certain time period for inspiration. For example, this past Halloween my inspiration for some displays were Practical Magic, Halloweentown, The Craft, American Beauty, and Jaw Breaker, so I watched a few to really time travel!

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I am happy to finally say I am settling in nicely to my career specializing in sustainable fashion as well as styling, and I do not see that stopping anytime soon. I am working on some bigger projects for the next year I am extremely excited for as well. 

What is your astrological sign? 

Aquarius

Which traits of your sign (if any) do you most embody? 

hmmm…you tell me! Haha

Rapid-fire Favorites

  • Food: Chicken Fajitas, anything super hot, and ice cream
  • Color: Buttercup Yellow
  • Band: Ugh I love so much music. I have several playlists tailored to each of my crafts. Sometimes when I bartend I really like alternative 80’s — I always love Fleetwood Mac as well as more current stuff like Fever Ray and Saweetie.
  • Movie: American Beauty 
  • Holiday: Halloween and Christmas
  • Designer: Back in the day, I remember falling madly in love with Heatherette. Two guys super ahead of their time rocking a very bubble gum grunge clashed with hip hop street fashion and IT WAS EVERYTHING. But I am a long time fan of Chanel, and recently I have been getting into really small local brands and collaborations. Some of my other favorite spots to shop are Cotillian Bureau in Portsmouth, Global Thrift, estate sales, and Ebay.