Boston Shopping Guide

South End

Aunt Sadie's

Best known for its whimsical candle-in-a-can line, this shop has an old-timey feel, and stocks themed books, soaps, accessories, and decorative items for home and garden. We can always count on it for great gifts.
18 Union Park St., 617-357-7117

Products: Outdoors, Tabletop, Books/Stationery, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Single Store

Bobby from Boston

Owner Bobby Garnett travels the world to bring back vintage pieces from as early as the '40s. Noteworthy scores: patchwork dresses from the '70s, metallic clutches from the '50s, and roller skates from the '60s.
19 Thayer St., 617-423-9299

Products: Women's Clothing, Vintage
Type of Store: Single Store

Diseno

Come here for a unique offering of South American home goods: silver candlesticks from Rio, animal-skin rugs from Buenos Aires, plus assorted throws, pillows, and glassware.
409 Harrison Ave., 617-423-2008, disenoboston.com

Products: Decorative/Lighting, Furniture, Linens, Tabletop, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique, Single Store

Lekker

Offbeat and traditional-but-unusual furniture and home accessories are among this store's best offerings, including colorful glassware, sculptural vases, groovy lamps, and servingware in better-than-basic shapes and hues.
1317 Washington St., 617-542-6464, lekkerhome.com

Products: Decorative/Lighting, Furniture, Linens, Outdoors, Tabletop, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique, Single Store

Parlor

This minimalist-chic shop carries not-so-obvious labels, including structured knits by Nicholas K and feminine dresses from Mona and Holly and Porridge. Also find Salt Works denim and a small but fabulous collection of affordable shoes by Jeffrey Campbell and bags by Tylie Malibu.
1246-48 Washington St., 617-521-9005, shopparlor.com

Products: Denim, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags
Type of Store: Boutique, Single Store

Turtle

This is where we come for the best selection of talented local designers under one roof. Finds include jersey separates from C. Lin, clutches from M. Flynn, and chunky jewelry from Audrey Jacks.
619 Tremont St., 617-266-2610, turtleboston.com

Products: Women's Clothing, Bags, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique, Chainlet

Vellum

For chic and classy stationery, wrapping paper, and notecards, this fun South End paperie can't be beat.
55 Dartmouth St., 617-247-2323, vellumstore.com

Products: Books/Stationery, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Single Store

Voila

The well-curated selection of imported European antique furnishings and home accessories here will lend a bit of French flair to any home.
1315 Washington St., 617-542-1990, voila-inc.com

Products: Antique, Decorative/Lighting, Furniture, Linens, Tabletop, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Single Store