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Back-to-School Shopping in New York City

After a long, hot summer in the city, it’s finally time for the kids to go back to school. Whether you’re excited about it — more time for you! — or are dreading it  — they grow up so fast! — one thing you need to start thinking about now is all that back-to-school shopping. This can be an expensive time of year — between clothes, school supplies and activities ramping back up — but with a bit of foresight and planning, you can bag some great bargains in the Big Apple. Here are some stores you should not miss as you check off that shopping list.

Torly Kid

Located in the Tribeca neighborhood, Torly Kid features unique clothing for children sizes infant through 12 (for boys) or 16 (for girls). If your child enjoys wearing clothing that is not run-of-the-mill but that puts his or her own personality in the spotlight, this is the store for them. From new and emerging designers to longtime favorites, this store has it all. This store even offers a concierge service for the time-pressed parent and convenient online shopping.

Yellow Rat Bastard

This interestingly named store, located on Broadway, specializes in clothing for high school and college students who prefer an alternative style. Yellow Rat Bastard is modeled after a graffiti-filled city street and even features cobblestone pathways and stop signs. It makes for a fun and stimulating shopping experience. This store specializes in graphic and colorful T-shirts, but it carries so much more, from tops and bottoms to shoes, accessories and outerwear. Your too-cool-for-school teen will have a blast browsing this funky and engaging shop.

S&D Kids

S&D Kids is a full-service children’s department store located in Brooklyn. It offers clothing of every type, including school uniforms, from well-known brands such as Carter’s, Guess, French Toast and Disney. This store, with three locations and a website for online shopping, focuses on offering low prices with quality customer service. It’s a New York City institution that’s been around for more than 30 years; you may even be able to check off your entire list here.

Jane’s Exchange

If you enjoy bagging consignment-store bargains, then look no further than Jane’s Exchange. This shop offers a unique variety of gently-used clothing at extremely affordable prices. You can find a huge variety of styles and brands here. You truly never know what you’ll find, which is a huge part of the fun. This community fixture not only offers quality clothing, it also hosts events for families and offers referrals and support for struggling families. It’s more than just a store; it’s a friendly and helpful community. If you have a tight budget and want a little help, this is the place for you.

Necessary Clothing

If you have a high school student and are on a tight budget, this is the perfect place for you. Necessary Clothing, which has five locations along Broadway, is loaded with top trends at affordable prices. You can find most everything here, from dresses to sweaters to shoes, as well as accessories such as jewelry, belts and sunglasses. You can even shop online and get even better deals with coupon codes.

Bit’z Kids

Located in Tribeca, this international clothing company that was founded in Japan features adorable and unique items for children through age 8. Bit’z Kids offers designer clothing has an Asian feel to it, and you can even score some unique mini-kimonos for your stylish girl or elastic-waist pants for your hard-to-fit boy. There are even some cute backpacks here. There’s a play area in case your kids are getting a bit tired of all the shopping and need some time out.

This is just a sampling of the myriad fun, unique and affordable children’s clothing stores in the Big Apple. Stock up for the school year, and get ready to send your child back to school in style.

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