Filene's Basement Will Return as an Online Store

Are you excited to shop the store's famed discounted designer goods online?

Filene's Basement was the original off-price department store, but despite our growing love for deals and discounts, the chain shut down in 2011. However, starting on September 24, the store will get a second life as an online-only retailer.

According to The Boston Globe, the new virtual iteration of Filene's "will allow customers to set preferences and name desired prices." It's unclear whether that means the site will allow shoppers to "make an offer" for goods or just set a price preference for filtering, but digital haggling could be an interesting twist.

The site will also play into the culture of Filene's, allowing customers to "hide" certain items while shopping, just like Basement fans did in brick-and-mortar stores if they couldn't commit to a purchase right away. Hiding online though is just as risky, since apparently competing shoppers can still steal your finds.

The site launches next week, and it looks as though it'll fall in line with Gilt, MyHabit, and more in requiring a login to see the deals.

Readers, are you excited for Filene's to return online? Did you ever make a brag-worthy purchase there? Has anyone ever participated in the Running of the Brides? Share your stories in the comments below!

Lindsay Sakraida
Contributing Writer

Lindsay Sakraida specializes in writing about retail trends and lifestyle subjects. She's also obsessed with music, movies, and tennis. Follow her on Twitter at @LinSakraida.
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I treat myself every Friday to a few or just something special for working so hard ;P and this is one store I miss. I shop Tjmaxx, Marshalls and Burlington and Yass!!!! Filene's is back!!!! If I buy on an impulse I save my receipt and if I change my mind I just return it. I hate getting home and saying, Aww man I shoulda got those shoes!! (lol) And now that I know people hide stuff I'll search for deals a little harder. ;) WELCOME BACK FILENE'S!! I'm so read!
you go filene's....
Lindsay Sakraida (DealNews)
@aggiefather Haha, apparently Filene's was onto you! Did you usually come back for those hidden things, or forget about them?
Lindsay, I remember going to Filene's with my Aunt Shirley (now in a nursing home). I never knew the meaning of aggressive shopper until then. She was a real "hunter/gatherer" when we entered the basement level.
P.S. I thought I was the only person who "hid" stuff to come back to later!