clock menu more-arrow no yes

Ten Boutiques in Brookline for Consignment, Books, and More

View as Map

Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.

New to Boston or simply looking for new stomping grounds? Summer is the perfect time to explore our dozens of neighborhoods, so for your shopping ease, we'll be mapping the top shops in each area over the coming weeks.


Image via Patch

Brookline is what we consider a little oasis beyond the beer-soaked students and Sox fans of Kenmore and Commonwealth Avenue—a neighborhood equally accommodating of ages, walks of life, families, all of it. With businesses mostly clustered around specific squares, Coolidge Corner and Brookline Village are the most satisfying in terms of indie shopping. Here we've gathered our favorite spots for everything from strollers to mystery novels, handcrafted jewelry to handmade soaps. In addition, we've touched upon running mecca Marathon Sports in Washington Square and Kgirl juniors boutique at Putterham Village. Did we mention this was a family-friendly area? A shopping gem is guaranteed for everyone with these ten boutiques.


· All Know Your Neigborhoods posts [Racked Boston]

Read More

1. Fire Opal

Copy Link
320 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 739-9066
Visit Website
Craftsmanship is the defining trait at Fire Opal, with this Coolidge Corner spot and a partner location in Jamaica Plain. Clothing, ceramics, and housewares are unique—but the jewelry selection is what draws customers in.

2. Magic Beans

Copy Link
312 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 264-2326
Visit Website
Experts in strollers and learning toys, Magic Beans has multiple Boston-area locations and stocks over 200 brands. The award winning chain has a slew of themed gift baskets for on-the-go shoppers.

3. Melt

Copy Link
305 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 391-9890
Visit Website
Bostonians get an aromatic adventure at this Brookline shop with handmade scrubs, soaps, and washes all exported from Colorado. You'll also find shampoo, conditioner, and shave products along with massage bars—all mostly under $10.

4. Brookline Booksmith

Copy Link
279 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 566-6660
Visit Website
This award-winning bookstore in charming Coolidge corner is much more extensive than it looks from the street. Over 50 years old, the shop is distinguished by its helpful staff, events ranging from grad students reading poetry to best-selling author series, a used book basement, and a monthly book club going 10 years strong. It's a true neighborhood center drawing shoppers from all walks of life.

5. Second Time Around

Copy Link
275 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 232-5444
Visit Website
Like sister stores around it, this outpost of the Massachusetts-bred consignment chain serves the needs of its surrounding residents. In this case, it's college students and stylish moms selling and seeking designer duds.

6. Mint Julep

Copy Link
1302 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 232-3600
Visit Website
Mint Julep has built a reputation for the perfect casual-meets-party assortment of premium denim, Tracy Reese and Shosanna dresses, Ella Moss separates, and Adia Kibur baubles.

7. Marathon Sports

Copy Link
1638 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 735-9373
Visit Website
This running focused specialty store is known for a broad selection of sneakers from Mizuno, New Balance, Nike and more, its gait assessment program founded in the early 90s, and exceptional customer service. They also offer student discounts when you show a valid student ID.

8. REDRESS Boston

Copy Link
395 Washington Street
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 879-0037
Visit Website
This award-winner is a neighborhood consignment shop in Brookline Village, offering pieces from trendy classics like J.Crew and Kate Spade at over 50% off. From statement costume jewelry to luxurious leather goods, (Hermes, Tod's) you'll find a budget-friendly buy at Redress.
313 Washington Street
Brookline Village, MA 02445
(617) 739-3802
Visit Website
This quirky quaint shop lures Brookline Village denizens in with whimsical home decor—linens, vases and fresh cut flowers, cutting boards, wall art—as well as personal care goods from Naturopathica, Marfa soap, cutlery, animal masks, and obscure design magazines.

10. K Girl

Copy Link
185 Grove Street
Brookline, MA 02467
(617) 325-5566
Visit Website
Owner Estelle Colgan saw a need for age-appropriate yet trendy tween clothing, leading her to open Kgirl just last fall. While the little ladies' merchandise is known to be top notch (brands like Ella Moss, Splendid, and plenty of European lines), the big secret is a women's selection downstairs.

1. Fire Opal

320 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
Craftsmanship is the defining trait at Fire Opal, with this Coolidge Corner spot and a partner location in Jamaica Plain. Clothing, ceramics, and housewares are unique—but the jewelry selection is what draws customers in.
320 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446

2. Magic Beans

312 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
Experts in strollers and learning toys, Magic Beans has multiple Boston-area locations and stocks over 200 brands. The award winning chain has a slew of themed gift baskets for on-the-go shoppers.
312 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446

3. Melt

305 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
Bostonians get an aromatic adventure at this Brookline shop with handmade scrubs, soaps, and washes all exported from Colorado. You'll also find shampoo, conditioner, and shave products along with massage bars—all mostly under $10.
305 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446

4. Brookline Booksmith

279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
This award-winning bookstore in charming Coolidge corner is much more extensive than it looks from the street. Over 50 years old, the shop is distinguished by its helpful staff, events ranging from grad students reading poetry to best-selling author series, a used book basement, and a monthly book club going 10 years strong. It's a true neighborhood center drawing shoppers from all walks of life.
279 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446

5. Second Time Around

275 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
Like sister stores around it, this outpost of the Massachusetts-bred consignment chain serves the needs of its surrounding residents. In this case, it's college students and stylish moms selling and seeking designer duds.
275 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446

6. Mint Julep

1302 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446
Mint Julep has built a reputation for the perfect casual-meets-party assortment of premium denim, Tracy Reese and Shosanna dresses, Ella Moss separates, and Adia Kibur baubles.
1302 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446

7. Marathon Sports

1638 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02445
This running focused specialty store is known for a broad selection of sneakers from Mizuno, New Balance, Nike and more, its gait assessment program founded in the early 90s, and exceptional customer service. They also offer student discounts when you show a valid student ID.
1638 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02445

8. REDRESS Boston

395 Washington Street, Brookline, MA 02445
This award-winner is a neighborhood consignment shop in Brookline Village, offering pieces from trendy classics like J.Crew and Kate Spade at over 50% off. From statement costume jewelry to luxurious leather goods, (Hermes, Tod's) you'll find a budget-friendly buy at Redress.
395 Washington Street
Brookline, MA 02445

9. Pod

313 Washington Street, Brookline Village, MA 02445
This quirky quaint shop lures Brookline Village denizens in with whimsical home decor—linens, vases and fresh cut flowers, cutting boards, wall art—as well as personal care goods from Naturopathica, Marfa soap, cutlery, animal masks, and obscure design magazines.
313 Washington Street
Brookline Village, MA 02445

10. K Girl

185 Grove Street, Brookline, MA 02467
Owner Estelle Colgan saw a need for age-appropriate yet trendy tween clothing, leading her to open Kgirl just last fall. While the little ladies' merchandise is known to be top notch (brands like Ella Moss, Splendid, and plenty of European lines), the big secret is a women's selection downstairs.
185 Grove Street
Brookline, MA 02467