MOMS SPEAK: Back-to-School Shopping

What Local Moms are Saying About …


Tips, Tricks & Time Savers:

“In order to avoid all the lines, I do all my shopping on Amazon and use the Fairfax school link, which gives the school credit for part of our purchase.” – Dona C.

“We always like to ‘shop’ from home first. They may have asked for three dozen pencils last year, but one dozen came back home at the end, or we have an extra pair of scissors in an old pencil box. I also like to pre-buy the stuff we need every year, like composition notebooks or loose-leaf paper when it goes on clearance after back-to-school shopping ends. Lots of times it’s cheaper than the actual back-to-school sales.” – Sheila S.

“I start a back-to-school supply list very early on — checking and adding to it until I know for sure that everything needed is on there. Then, I make one big trip to the stores. It prevents me from having to waste time with multiple trips because of forgotten supplies!” – Rebecca L.

“With five kids, but only four in public schools, I make everyone get their own cart at the store and go on a scavenger hunt themselves (I still help if they get stuck). During checkout, I make sure to keep their items separate in the checkout lane so they don’t get mixed up when placed in the bags. This saves SO much time by not having to sort their stuff later on.” – Anh N.

“I purchase basic school supplies at Value Village thrift shop. If you go on a discount day you can spend even less. They often have new, packaged supplies. Since I’m a teacher, I also shop there throughout the year to replenish items in my classroom.” – Bonnie G.

“For school lunches, Nina’s Flying Needle in Annapolis has the best reusable snack bags! We are obsessed!” – Kate B.


4 Trendy Consignment Shops for Kids


1. 529 Kids Consign

122A South Royal St. Alexandria, VA

529 Kids Consign is an upscale children’s consignment boutique specializing in the latest trends. They call themselves, “A boutique for hip moms and cool kids!” You can find items here from brands like Gymboree, Jacadi, Janie and Jack, Juicy Couture, Mini Boden, Oilily, Petit Bateau and more.

2. Little Birdies Boutique

1526 Wisconsin Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C.

Little Birdies Boutique is located in the heart of Georgetown. They offer super stylish children’s clothing, shoes and accessories, as well as in-house custom monogramming. You’ll find high quality and fun brands like Bella Bliss, Chloe, Darling Betty, Pixie Lily, Stella Cove, Magnolia Baby and Moschino Kids. You can also shop online at

3. The Growing Years

10303 Kensington Pkwy. Kensington, MD

The Growing Years has a wide-variety of gently used clothing and shoes — from adorable infant clothing to trendy pre-teen styles. They also offer new and unique monogrammed jewelry and accessories. Bonus: As you shop, your kids can stay entertained for hours in the play area with non-stop Disney movie showings.

4. Little Lords & Ladies

14155 Sullyfield Circle, Ste. 1, Chantilly, VA

Little Lords & Ladies is the largest children’s consignment shop in the area. They have thousands of items to choose from, sorted by color/size/style. New items are placed on the floor daily, and prices for items go down after every 30 days, so you can always find extra savings!



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