As Philly students ramp up for a new school year, parents are prepping themselves for the joys of back-to-school shopping. Whether it’s for new uniforms, designer jeans, stylish kicks or athletic wear for school activities, back to school goes hand-in-hand with shopping trips. While shopping for new clothes is enjoyable and exciting for some kids––and feared, dreaded and loathed by others––for parents, it always means one thing––spending money. Don’t worry mom and dad, we’ve got you covered with a list of top places in the city that have what you need and can even help you save a little cash in the process.
Peanut Butter & Jane
200 W. Lancaster Ave.
Wayne, PA 19087
The style found at this children’s boutique is just as sweet as its name. Located in Wayne, Peanut Butter & Jane offers a selection of looks that are classic, preppy and fashion-forward. If you’re looking for a school prep outfit for your little one, you’ll definitely be able to find unique items for girls and boys up to size 6. You’ll find headbands and hair clips for little girls and belts and socks for boys to complete the look. In addition to some great clothes, Peanut Butter & Jane also sells some fun and trendy backpacks and bags perfect for school this year.
Butterflies and Blossoms
3 N Five Points Road
West Chester, PA 19380
We all know about growing pains – the kids are constantly growing and as a result, the parents’ wallets shrink conversely. Of course, you want the best for your children, but because the size they are today may not be the case next month, try shopping at Butterflies and Blossoms. This new and used clothing boutique for girls and boys is perfect for kids rocketing through growing spurts. Here you will find high-quality consigned and gently used items, as well as new merchandise for boys up to a size 16 and junior sizes for girls. You’ll also find educational games and specialty toys for the little ones.
Sammi’s Shoebox by Loro’s
1916-18 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
No back to school look is complete without a fresh new pair of kicks. When it comes to selecting footwear for kids, quality and structure is key. A children’s shoe store in the city that pays special attention to the needs and care of kids growing feet is Sammi’s Shoe Box by Loro’s. For 75 years, the shoe store has been providing one-of-a-kind hard bottom shoes giving much needed structure for growing feet.
4533 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19124
At many schools throughout the city, wearing a uniform has become mandatory. If this is the case for your children, Cramers Uniforms is a one-stop shop for your child’s head-to-toe look. The family-owned business prides itself on offering low prices for quality uniforms. Whether your child is in public, private, charter or catholic school, it’s a good chance that you will be able to find something there.
My Kids Corner
711 Montgomery Ave.
Narberth, PA 19072
On the Main Line is My Kids Corner, a high-end childrenswear boutique owned by a mother daughter duo. Here, moms can find stylish, fashion-forward items they and their kids will love. For the budding little fashionista who likes to accessorize, moms will find a selection of fun jewelry items. The boutique also offers custom made tackle boxes, perfect for mothers who want to keep their kids’ craft items organized at home or in the classroom.
Naima Turner knows a thing or two about fashion and style. Her resume includes: fashion styling; market editing; working behind-the-scenes on fashion segments for national television shows such as The Today Show, The View and A Movie and A Makeover. She currently resides in Philadelphia. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.