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Ten Boutiques in Brookline for Consignment, Books, and More

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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.


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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.


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Fire Opal

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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.

Magic Beans

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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.
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.

Brookline Booksmith

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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.

Second Time Around

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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.

Mint Julep

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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.

Marathon Sports

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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.

REDRESS Boston

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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.
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.

K Girl

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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.

Fire Opal

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.

Magic Beans

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.

Melt

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.

Brookline Booksmith

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.

Second Time Around

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.

Mint Julep

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.

Marathon Sports

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.

REDRESS Boston

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.

Pod

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.

K Girl

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.