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Boomerang's is your "word-of-mouth" kind of place. There are several other shops like it in Jamaica Plain, particularly along the length of Centre St. This is not a shopping mall, so of course they do not ridiculously advertise themselves or have a giant parking lot.

It is basically a hip, trend-setting Goodwill (I don't even want to make that comparison, ugh!) that tends to feature unique and stylish items for really low prices! I know they are very selective about what they put out to sell because they care about their customers. For instance, they probably get a few hundred records donated every week. Does that mean they put every single record out to be sold? No. They pick ones people will actually buy and listen to. Do they put ones that are scratched to hell out to be sold? No. They listen to what their customers want and the provide. The workers/clerks are generally your tatooed, piercy, friendly, alternative bunch.

I have found a lot of great men's clothes (especially pants and collared shirts), literature (dirt cheap books), some small furniture items (tables and chairs, bookcases) and household items (bowls, glasses, silverware, candle holders).

The women's clothing section is about 3 times as much as the men's. Because of this, I feel, that not all of the items are as good a quality as the men's can be.

This is a great place to go to for backpacks, coats, and jackets. I have seen many special, unique items there, from 3 piece suits to messenger bags (new), from army jackets to leather trench coats.

Lastly, I really like the neighborhood there. JP Licks is right across the road for great coffee and the like and the area is packed with amazing restaurants that are usually, ironically, not packed!

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★★★★★

Boomerang's is your "word-of-mouth" kind of place. There are several other shops like it in Jamaica Plain, particularly along the length of Centre St. This is not a shopping mall, so of course they do not ridiculously advertise themselves or have a giant parking lot.

It is basically a hip, trend-setting Goodwill (I don't even want to make that comparison, ugh!) that tends to feature unique and stylish items for really low prices! I know they are very selective about what they put out to sell because they care about their customers. For instance, they probably get a few hundred records donated every week. Does that mean they put every single record out to be sold? No. They pick ones people will actually buy and listen to. Do they put ones that are scratched to hell out to be sold? No. They listen to what their customers want and the provide. The workers/clerks are generally your tatooed, piercy, friendly, alternative bunch.

I have found a lot of great men's clothes (especially pants and collared shirts), literature (dirt cheap books), some small furniture items (tables and chairs, bookcases) and household items (bowls, glasses, silverware, candle holders).

The women's clothing section is about 3 times as much as the men's. Because of this, I feel, that not all of the items are as good a quality as the men's can be.

This is a great place to go to for backpacks, coats, and jackets. I have seen many special, unique items there, from 3 piece suits to messenger bags (new), from army jackets to leather trench coats.

Lastly, I really like the neighborhood there. JP Licks is right across the road for great coffee and the like and the area is packed with amazing restaurants that are usually, ironically, not packed!

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I'm a strong believer that whatever you give to goodwill will eventually come back to you, and Centre Street's Boomerangs provides an excellent opportunity reap positive, goodwill karma. I was pleasantly surprised at the diversity of items ranging from home furnishings and electronics to clothing and generic chotchkies.

On the day of my visit, I was hoping my karma would return in the form of sundresses and handbags. Although I ended up leaving empty handed, I'm fairly certain that a future trip will yield an armful of goodies.

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★★★☆☆

I'm a strong believer that whatever you give to goodwill will eventually come back to you, and Centre Street's Boomerangs provides an excellent opportunity reap positive, goodwill karma. I was pleasantly surprised at the diversity of items ranging from home furnishings and electronics to clothing and generic chotchkies.

On the day of my visit, I was hoping my karma would return in the form of sundresses and handbags. Although I ended up leaving empty handed, I'm fairly certain that a future trip will yield an armful of goodies.

Pros: Home furnishings

Cons: Very "used" clothing

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Fueled by a desire to create a teacup garden, I swung by Boomerangs on my way to the Arboretum last weekend.

The store is extremely well-organized. The clothing and book selection is large (including $2 ties), but the furniture selection is a bit limited. I did, however, spy an amazing brass bed frame (including ALL hardware) for $15, a to-die-for dining chair for $10, and a wooden china hutch for $60, so there are a few good finds there. I didn't succeed in my search for vintage china, but there were several dresses that caught my eye.

I know a lot of people think JP is a bit out of the way, but going to Boomerangs is a 2 for 1 deal because the JP Goodwill is literally about a block or two away. It's worth stopping by if you're in the area!

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★★★★☆

Fueled by a desire to create a teacup garden, I swung by Boomerangs on my way to the Arboretum last weekend.

The store is extremely well-organized. The clothing and book selection is large (including $2 ties), but the furniture selection is a bit limited. I did, however, spy an amazing brass bed frame (including ALL hardware) for $15, a to-die-for dining chair for $10, and a wooden china hutch for $60, so there are a few good finds there. I didn't succeed in my search for vintage china, but there were several dresses that caught my eye.

I know a lot of people think JP is a bit out of the way, but going to Boomerangs is a 2 for 1 deal because the JP Goodwill is literally about a block or two away. It's worth stopping by if you're in the area!

Pros: organization

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Boomerangs is so awesome. I love it there. I'm 15 years old and a girl, but I shop there pretty much whenever I get the chance. The have really pretty dresses, and I always find really great sweaters there. The displays on the windows are really funky and cool too. The prices are like a freakin steal, and all the money goes to an AIDS charity. They have a lot of really cool household trinkets and glasses and posters and candel holders and all this awesome stuff. As it is with all thrift stores, you gotta search for gems, but they are definatley there. They sell vintage cameras there too, although I have yet to buy one. The staff seems really nice too!

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★★★★★

Boomerangs is so awesome. I love it there. I'm 15 years old and a girl, but I shop there pretty much whenever I get the chance. The have really pretty dresses, and I always find really great sweaters there. The displays on the windows are really funky and cool too. The prices are like a freakin steal, and all the money goes to an AIDS charity. They have a lot of really cool household trinkets and glasses and posters and candel holders and all this awesome stuff. As it is with all thrift stores, you gotta search for gems, but they are definatley there. They sell vintage cameras there too, although I have yet to buy one. The staff seems really nice too!

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This is a really nifty thirft shop. All their proceeds to the AIDS action Committee, so you can show knowing that your dollars are going to a great cause. From furniture, books, kitchenware, and clothes, you're very likely to find something you need-- or least some cool trinket. Always fun to browse just to see the items people give away. Sometimes their jewelry is funky too.

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This is a really nifty thirft shop. All their proceeds to the AIDS action Committee, so you can show knowing that your dollars are going to a great cause. From furniture, books, kitchenware, and clothes, you're very likely to find something you need-- or least some cool trinket. Always fun to browse just to see the items people give away. Sometimes their jewelry is funky too.

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I had heard of this place through friends and an internet search, and since I've yet to find a thrift store with convenient prices that match the selection in Boston, I decided to bring some clothing donations to Boomerang's and maybe look around a bit, myself.

After getting lost on the way to the store (try to take a bus to the location or a bus from the T stop, as it's a very, VERY long walk from the nearest T station), I finally made it to Boomerang's. The set up of the exterior of the store and the organization within were excellent. It looks small on the outside, but it's actually a pretty sizeable thrift store - clothes, accessories, and things such as CD's, VHS tapes, and other odd knick-knacks are at the front, with furniture and an awesome book selection at the back.

Though pretty organized, if you take a long time to look around, there are some special oddities mixed among everything (there are purses and bags throughout the store, so if that's your "white whale" thrift item of choice, be thorough about your hunt. I found an old soft-leather briefcase lined with silk, and though only $8, I really didn't need it.) In the end, I got a Calvin Klein jacket for $4, a genuine Peace Corps messenger bag for $2, and a really cool T-shirt left behind at the store by a Trinity College student circa 2003 for $2.

I am happy with my purchases, and the staff is friendly, but they seemed a little distracted that night. To be fair, it was Thursday, which is the night thay they have extended hours, but when I dropped off my donations, they were pretty non-chalant about it. Also, getting lost and having to take so much time out of my day to do this was not so pleasant, but all in all, this is a great find if you're in the immediate area of Jamaica Plain.

PS - did I mention that the proceeds from the purchases go to the AIDS Action committee? Awesome :)

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★★★★☆

I had heard of this place through friends and an internet search, and since I've yet to find a thrift store with convenient prices that match the selection in Boston, I decided to bring some clothing donations to Boomerang's and maybe look around a bit, myself.

After getting lost on the way to the store (try to take a bus to the location or a bus from the T stop, as it's a very, VERY long walk from the nearest T station), I finally made it to Boomerang's. The set up of the exterior of the store and the organization within were excellent. It looks small on the outside, but it's actually a pretty sizeable thrift store - clothes, accessories, and things such as CD's, VHS tapes, and other odd knick-knacks are at the front, with furniture and an awesome book selection at the back.

Though pretty organized, if you take a long time to look around, there are some special oddities mixed among everything (there are purses and bags throughout the store, so if that's your "white whale" thrift item of choice, be thorough about your hunt. I found an old soft-leather briefcase lined with silk, and though only $8, I really didn't need it.) In the end, I got a Calvin Klein jacket for $4, a genuine Peace Corps messenger bag for $2, and a really cool T-shirt left behind at the store by a Trinity College student circa 2003 for $2.

I am happy with my purchases, and the staff is friendly, but they seemed a little distracted that night. To be fair, it was Thursday, which is the night thay they have extended hours, but when I dropped off my donations, they were pretty non-chalant about it. Also, getting lost and having to take so much time out of my day to do this was not so pleasant, but all in all, this is a great find if you're in the immediate area of Jamaica Plain.

PS - did I mention that the proceeds from the purchases go to the AIDS Action committee? Awesome :)

Pros: Prices, Selection, Rare Surprises, Staff, Proceeds go to Charity

Cons: Not a lot of parking, not as accessible to public transit as I would have liked

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A large percentage of my clothes and shoes come from Boomerangs -- all Gap, Ann Taylor, the Limited, Express, etc. They have a great selection. Yes, you have to wade through a lot of stuff to find gems -- it is a thrift store, after all. But if you are patient and look, I think most people can find something they like. My problem is being able to carry everything I buy!

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★★★★★

A large percentage of my clothes and shoes come from Boomerangs -- all Gap, Ann Taylor, the Limited, Express, etc. They have a great selection. Yes, you have to wade through a lot of stuff to find gems -- it is a thrift store, after all. But if you are patient and look, I think most people can find something they like. My problem is being able to carry everything I buy!

Pros: great selection, always changing, some high quality merchandise, all proceeds go to charity

Cons: none

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iwent into boomerangs saturday i found a couch after sitting on it i decided to buy it i talked to a girl who works there i asked her if she could hold it for five minutes because i forgot my phone and i wanted to call my husband she said no i asked to use the phone she said no so i asked if i could leave a deposit she said yes 375.00 which was the cost in other words i had to buy it right then so i said o k i then attempted to pay her for it and very indignatly she said "I DON"T TAKE MONEY YOU"LL HAVE TO PAY AT REGISTER" i said ok would she put a sold sign on it (during this conversation she went about her business i had to follow her around to even get her to talk to me at one point she went into a room and closed the door in my face i knocked twice to no avail when she came out just a minute later is when i said i wanted the couch and tried to pay )before my conversation with her while i was sitting on the couch two women came over clearly they were looking at the same couch i told them i was going to buy it they went to another couch and sat down i said to them if my husband didn't want the couch i would sell it to them at the same price they listened to my conversation with the employee in the time it took me to get my dog who was lying next to the couch the two women went to the register and bought the couch i got there just as they were walking out the young man at the register said i just sold the couch i said but you can't do that because i bought it at that point he could have made the situation right he might have but the girl i had asked to put a sold sign on it came up and being even ruder than before said it was too bad. I have been shopping there far longer than she has been an employee i have donated many good things and bought many things i also realize it was the two women who stab me but clearly the female employee could have said something the women had paid with credit card and they were barely out the door boomerangs did not have to put the credit card through they could have made this cituation right this was not the first time during the summer i bought 4 bags and boxes asked the same employee to hold because i didn't have my carshe aggreed when i went back the next day they were gone she said sorry maybe they got put back all that was there was one box of dishes i didn't make a big deal of it i even accepted the loss because it is charity but this time i realize either this girl is just always rude to everyone or maybe just to me boomerangs is a great store supporting a great cause and i will continue to shop there hopfully when she is not there but if her behavior is always like this others will stop supporting you (by the way this took about 10minutes from begining to end I don't want you to think i was taking up to much time the female employee spent about two minutes talking to me never letting it interfere with her own tasks

PROS: great store ,great charity they are supporting, lots of fun to bring out of
CONS: too many rude employees act as if any questions are inconvient

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iwent into boomerangs saturday i found a couch after sitting on it i decided to buy it i talked to a girl who works there i asked her if she could hold it for five minutes because i forgot my phone and i wanted to call my husband she said no i asked to use the phone she said no so i asked if i could leave a deposit she said yes 375.00 which was the cost in other words i had to buy it right then so i said o k i then attempted to pay her for it and very indignatly she said "I DON"T TAKE MONEY YOU"LL HAVE TO PAY AT REGISTER" i said ok would she put a sold sign on it (during this conversation she went about her business i had to follow her around to even get her to talk to me at one point she went into a room and closed the door in my face i knocked twice to no avail when she came out just a minute later is when i said i wanted the couch and tried to pay )before my conversation with her while i was sitting on the couch two women came over clearly they were looking at the same couch i told them i was going to buy it they went to another couch and sat down i said to them if my husband didn't want the couch i would sell it to them at the same price they listened to my conversation with the employee in the time it took me to get my dog who was lying next to the couch the two women went to the register and bought the couch i got there just as they were walking out the young man at the register said i just sold the couch i said but you can't do that because i bought it at that point he could have made the situation right he might have but the girl i had asked to put a sold sign on it came up and being even ruder than before said it was too bad. I have been shopping there far longer than she has been an employee i have donated many good things and bought many things i also realize it was the two women who stab me but clearly the female employee could have said something the women had paid with credit card and they were barely out the door boomerangs did not have to put the credit card through they could have made this cituation right this was not the first time during the summer i bought 4 bags and boxes asked the same employee to hold because i didn't have my carshe aggreed when i went back the next day they were gone she said sorry maybe they got put back all that was there was one box of dishes i didn't make a big deal of it i even accepted the loss because it is charity but this time i realize either this girl is just always rude to everyone or maybe just to me boomerangs is a great store supporting a great cause and i will continue to shop there hopfully when she is not there but if her behavior is always like this others will stop supporting you (by the way this took about 10minutes from begining to end I don't want you to think i was taking up to much time the female employee spent about two minutes talking to me never letting it interfere with her own tasks

PROS: great store ,great charity they are supporting, lots of fun to bring out of
CONS: too many rude employees act as if any questions are inconvient

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Boomerangs is a thrift shop like none other. They have a terrific selection, fun window displays, and their prices are unbeatable. Unlike some other second-hand stores, they've kept prices LOW. Because of the gentrification of Jamaica Plain, you can often find designer clothing for both men and women at cut-rate prices.

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Boomerangs is a thrift shop like none other. They have a terrific selection, fun window displays, and their prices are unbeatable. Unlike some other second-hand stores, they've kept prices LOW. Because of the gentrification of Jamaica Plain, you can often find designer clothing for both men and women at cut-rate prices.

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Boomerangs is a fantastic charity shop located in the center of hipness in Jamaica Plain. Their sales benefit the AIDS Action committee and they have a fantastic selection of clothing and other things to choose from.

I go mainly for the clothing, but I have friends who shop there for furniture almost exclusively. They get fantastic stuff in! Recently, before a wedding, I managed to score an Ann Taylor dress, with the original tags still on it. It was originally $79 dollars....at Boomerangs it was $8!

The staff is very friendly, the clothing is well stocked, well marked and sorted and wonderfully priced. The stock changes quickly, so it's best to visit often.

There is another location of Boomerangs in Brighton which has many toys and books for children. Boomerangs also has an auction site occasionally, where you can bid on great items. All in all this is one of my favorite stores on Centre Street, and I always walk out with something great.

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Boomerangs is a fantastic charity shop located in the center of hipness in Jamaica Plain. Their sales benefit the AIDS Action committee and they have a fantastic selection of clothing and other things to choose from.

I go mainly for the clothing, but I have friends who shop there for furniture almost exclusively. They get fantastic stuff in! Recently, before a wedding, I managed to score an Ann Taylor dress, with the original tags still on it. It was originally $79 dollars....at Boomerangs it was $8!

The staff is very friendly, the clothing is well stocked, well marked and sorted and wonderfully priced. The stock changes quickly, so it's best to visit often.

There is another location of Boomerangs in Brighton which has many toys and books for children. Boomerangs also has an auction site occasionally, where you can bid on great items. All in all this is one of my favorite stores on Centre Street, and I always walk out with something great.

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I went to Boomerangs with my cousin last weekend and had a ball browsing their selection of - well - everything. They have new (yes, new) clothing, jewelry, clothes for just about everyone (even your dog), shoes. You name it, they just

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I went to Boomerangs with my cousin last weekend and had a ball browsing their selection of - well - everything. They have new (yes, new) clothing, jewelry, clothes for just about everyone (even your dog), shoes. You name it, they just

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The used book section at Boomerangs rivals Harvard Bookstore's across the river - it's just as smart, eclectic, and broad. The place doesn't look like much (except for the awesome window displays) but there are some funky and higher end

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The used book section at Boomerangs rivals Harvard Bookstore's across the river - it's just as smart, eclectic, and broad. The place doesn't look like much (except for the awesome window displays) but there are some funky and higher end

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This thrift store is great primarily for books. Check out the selection in the back. Many call JP the poor man's Cambridge -- and the books in the back are indeed surprisingly good. Paperbacks are quite cheap -- less than a buck, and

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This thrift store is great primarily for books. Check out the selection in the back. Many call JP the poor man's Cambridge -- and the books in the back are indeed surprisingly good. Paperbacks are quite cheap -- less than a buck, and

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Boomerangs is an interesting twist on a thrift store concept. Located in JP Centre, Boomerangs is home to the castoff items of a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood as well as stock of items that didn't sell from select Metro Boston

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Boomerangs is an interesting twist on a thrift store concept. Located in JP Centre, Boomerangs is home to the castoff items of a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood as well as stock of items that didn't sell from select Metro Boston

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We all have dead weight in our closets and look to find something to do with it. Boomerangs is that something. It appears to be your run of the mill secondhand shop. However, it really is something special. The money made goes to AIDS

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We all have dead weight in our closets and look to find something to do with it. Boomerangs is that something. It appears to be your run of the mill secondhand shop. However, it really is something special. The money made goes to AIDS

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Boomerangs has so many great deals. They sell hats, shirts, toys, handbags, skirts, dresses, and suits. It's similar to Marshalls, so if you know what that's like well then this is just a variation. The service were great and friendly.

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★★★☆☆

Boomerangs has so many great deals. They sell hats, shirts, toys, handbags, skirts, dresses, and suits. It's similar to Marshalls, so if you know what that's like well then this is just a variation. The service were great and friendly.

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Boomerangs is a fantastic charity shop located in the center of hipness in Jamaica Plain. Their sales benefit the AIDS Action committee and they have a fantastic selection of clothing and other things to choose from.I go mainly for the

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Boomerangs is a fantastic charity shop located in the center of hipness in Jamaica Plain. Their sales benefit the AIDS Action committee and they have a fantastic selection of clothing and other things to choose from.I go mainly for the

 

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