Last week I went into Boston for my monthly hair appointment at Vidal Sassoon. I was on the hunt for another Disney Villains makeup bag, and after coming up empty at the Walgreens on Boylston Street, I called the big Walgreen’s in Downtown Crossing on Washington Street and they had one Ursula train case in stock. So I took a long walk on a beautiful day and scored the bag! (I am shocked by what people are charging for these bags on Amazon 😯 )
On my way to Walgreens, I discovered a brand new store in Downtown Crossing, a key mainstream shopping area in Boston that’s in the middle of trying to revitalize itself. Primark. Primark is a low-price fashion retailer from Ireland. How wonderful that they made Boston the location of their first store in the U.S.! I’m not that surprised since Boston has a strong Irish heritage, a large Irish population, and lots of folks from Ireland hop over to Boston to go shopping in the U.S.!
Located in the formerly empty historic Burnham building, the store seems gigantic: 4 floors of fashion in a store that takes up an entire block! The front of the old building is loaded with huge glass windows. Each floor is flooded with sunlight, so shopping indoors is a pleasurable experience. There are lots of cashiers on each floor so the lines move quickly and it’s easy to check out.
Primark carries women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, shoes and accessories. Some of the items are designed specifically for the U.S. market, while the majority is the same inventory as is sold in Europe. The fashion is up-to-date/contemporary. The prices are extremely low. The quality is decent for the very affordable prices. This is not clothing that’s meant to last, but that’s OK. The sale prices are really rock-bottom. I bought 3 pairs of full coverage medium rise/bikini underpants for myself that were marked down to $3 from $8. I wish I had known how well size medium would fit me because I would have bought several more sets at that price!
I also bought 5 pairs of black trouser socks for $2.50, marked down from $3.50!
Although I didn’t buy anything, the pajamas and loungewear were very cute and made of very soft fabric. The camisoles were priced at $1.50 and came in lots of different colors. The T-shirts were super-cheap and worth buying, but I have so many I passed.
I saw a couple of jersey dresses priced at $8 each that I considered, but I just don’t wear dresses very often. The fashion definitely is great for kids, families and for young people on a budget.
On one of the floors, I came across decorative things including Christmas decorations and wrapping paper. As you may have noticed, I love anything heart-shaped, and I collect hearts. I picked up a string of red hearts for $2.50. They’ll make a great decoration for blog photos for Valentine’s Day or anytime actually.
In the not too distant future, Primark is opening another store in the King of Prussia Mall outside of Philadelphia, so stay tuned! I don’t see a way to purchase from Primark US online, but if you live in the Boston area or are planning to visit anytime soon, be sure to stop in and check out the bargains!