Learning about the best local spots to shop for back to school products is essential to making sure the school year starts off on the right foot for your little ones––or older ones that seem to be growing up much too fast. Orange County provides an impressively solid set of stores for children’s educational supplies and clothing needs. Counting on a collection of dependable, up-to-date resources provides confidence for parents and children alike when returning to the classroom. Here are some OC shops that stand out amongst their peers as head of the class.
Art Supply Warehouse
There is no greater art than that of teaching children. The Art Supply Warehouse has the school supplies you need so that your children are equipped for learning. Whether you need pencils, erasers, markers, pens and paper, cutting tools, lunch boxes or unique educational products––or even if you are just looking to make sure your kids have the “fun stuff”––then this is where you should head. This invaluable local resource cannot be overlooked because it has practically everything.
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CM School Supply
The classroom is a place for learning and educational supplies are the tools for making it happen. Whether it’s science, music or software, CM School Supply is ready to cover each and every subject. The store also provides fun educational toys, stamps and so much more. No stone is left unturned as everything from character education to children’s literature is covered by this comprehensive resource. Who said learning had to be dull?
Elbows Mac n Cheese
For parents, students and teachers alike, being prepared is always best. Irvine Teacher’s Supply is a cozy neighborhood place that provides quality school supplies and has a strong reputation for its test preparation books. Here you can find books for kids in pre-K through high school, and if you have a teenager, this is the spot to pick up that all important SAT prep test book. Irvine Teacher’s Supply also offers the opportunity to see first-hand some of the product options to consider in helping your child shine.
Red Balloon Ltd
The Red Balloon is more than the name of a classic children’s film; it’s the name of a great local store for back to school clothing for your kids. From the hip to the traditional, finding an outstanding outfit to suit your kids’ taste and let them show off their individuality is easy at Red Balloon. The store carries everything from infant clothing to boys and girls fashions perfect for back to school. Choose from cute summer dresses and adorable lightweight jackets for the girls and cool zip up hoodies and shoes for the boys. Pre-teens have their share of stylish fashions to choose from, too. And moms can do a little shopping themselves, since Red Balloon carries women’s fashions as well. Strong customer service and an impressive variety and selection are core to the store’s success.
Newport Kids Consignment
Newport Kids Consignment gets much of its business through word of mouth and rightfully so––it’s a solid, budget-friendly local boutique for kids’ clothing that parents love to recommend to their friends. Offering high-end name brand items that are in “like-new” condition, this store enables customers to purchase designer clothing at a reduced rate. Fashion finds its way into the back to school preparations, and Newport Kids is known to provide great school clothing options, including the chance to stock up on t-shirts, denim and sweaters.
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