Going back to school is a simultaneously thrilling and scary experience. Getting to see your friends again and getting caught up on all the news is great, getting homework and assigned to first period gym class––not so much. Sometimes, nothing helps better than a cool new outfit. Finding that outfit, however, can be a quest in and of itself. Luckily, we’ve rounded up some of the best and coolest options available to make that back-to-school shopping trip as painless as possible.
Once Upon A Child
10150 Hudson Road, Suite 128,
Woodbury, MN 55129
Never has consignment looked so good! Once Upon a Child offers a great, and ever-evolving selection of gently-used kids things. Since they look for items that are in-season and in good condition, it’s a great way to send your child to school in style, without breaking the bank on items they will quickly grow out of. Stop by the Woodbury location (10 minutes west of St. Paul), or check them out online to find one of their other locations in the Twin Cities. Have clothes that no longer fit your kids? Take them to see they are items Once Upon a Child is willing to buy, and save a little more on your back-to-school bill.
12981 Ridgedale Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Little Feet is committed to providing high quality shoes for kids, and pride themselves on their friendly (not pushy!) and knowledgeable staff. Carrying sizes for babies through big kids (8 years and older), the store has a great selection of shoes that will meet your child’s needs and style. Brands carried include Asics, Born, Capezio, Crocs, Keen, Teva and Vans, among others. Little Feet is constantly working to get the latest and greatest in, and regularly updates their offerings based on suggestions and requests.
Enchanted Tree House
4766 Banning Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Enchanted Tree House is a boutique experience for kids. Located in White Bear Lake (a north-eastern suburb of St. Paul), this little store carries some gorgeous and unique kids clothes. The store carries sizes for babies, toddlers, boys (4-7) and girls (up to 14). This is a more spendy option, but a great place to find that special outfit. We love the detailed, gorgeous little girl dresses that would make any little girl feel beautiful. For boys, check out the fun, printed Wes and Willy tee-shirts.
310 E. Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Got a child who marches to their own stylish beat? Check out Twin Cities’ local business Pacifier. With sizes running from baby to 11/12 in girls and boys, Pacifier carries one-of-a-kind clothing just right for making the best impression on new classmates for your young ones. The store also carries Minnesota school essentials like backpacks (we love the fun Zoo Pack animal-inspired ones) and hats and mittens for those cold and snowy walks to school.
Goldy’s Locker Room
400 14th Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Sometimes, you’ve just got show your love for your favorite team or player. Got a little sports fan in your family? Grab them something from local sports apparel store, Goldy’s Locker Room. Carrying a wide range of items from the U of M athletic program, as well as from the local professional sports teams (including the Twins, Timberwolves, and Wild), this store keeps the action coming. Check them at on on the University of Minnesota campus or at one of their locations in several of malls in the area (including Maplewood, Ridgedale, Rosedale, and Burnsville).
Sassy professional by day, men’s style expert by night, Bethany Rein is a twenty-something living in Minneapolis. She loves baseball, coffee and the well-dressed male. An avid runner, Bethany also plays recreational sports with more enthusiasm than skill. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.