When back-to-school time rolls around after three months of unstructured summer days, it can be stressful for parents and kids alike. The key to maintain your sanity is developing a plan of attack and sticking to it. Outlet malls are great for money-saving bargains and one-stop shopping. Consignment stores, warehouse clubs and dollar stores can also help stretch your back-to-school budget. Plus, don’t forget about those haircuts. Before school bells ring, here are some suggestions in Atlanta to load up on clothes, shoes and supplies that will save you money, time and aggravation.
North Georgia Premium Outlets
800 Highway 400 South
Dawsonville, GA 30534
For parents looking to stretch their back-to-school shopping dollars, a trip to the North Georgia Premium Outlets is definitely worth the drive up GA 400. It’s home to popular tween and teen clothing stores like Aeropostale, Chicos, Converse, Gap, Izod, Juicy Couture, Nike, Puma, Sean John. Carter’s, The Children’s Place, Crazy 8, Gymboree, OshKosh B’gosh, Justice and Stride Rite are great choices for younger kids. In August, many of the outlet stores slash prices even deeper to attract the back-to-school shoppers, making good deals great. For one-stop savings on back-to-school clothes and shoes, North Georgia Premium Outlets is a great choice.
Tadpoles Consignment Store
5805 State Bridge Road, Suite 75
Johns Creek, GA 30097
Parents are all too aware that kids outgrow their clothes and shoes quicker than you can say “Abracadabra.” Poof! Your size 4T is now a 6 and growing every day. For this reason, moms in the know shop at consignment stores for great bargains on kids clothes. All of the clothing at Tadpoles has been gently worn before, but is clean and in good condition. The selection is great and the service is top-notch, but it’s the tiny price tags that really draw in shoppers. In fact, you’ll spend about 60 to 70 percent less by shopping at Tadpoles in Johns Creek. Atlanta moms love this particular consignment store so much that they recently named it the No. 1 consignment store in a poll by “Atlanta Parents.”
1000 Tanger Drive
Locust Grove, GA 30248
Like North Georgia Premium Outlets, Tanger Outlets also offers great discount prices, but it’s located on the opposite side of town. If you live anywhere south of I-20, then Tanger Outlets is the place to save big time on back-to-school clothing and shoes. Popular stores for tweens and teens include American Eagle Outfitters, Claires, Aeropostale, Chico’s Outlet, Gap Outlet, Old Navy Outlet, Nike Factory Store and Under Armour. If you have elementary school students, be sure to check out great deals at Carter’s Gap Outlet, Gymboree Outlet, The Children’s Place and seven other kids’ specialty stores. To attract the back-to-school shoppers, most of the stores at Tanger Outlets slash prices beyond their usual discounts. A trip to Tanger Outlets is definitely worth the drive to Locust Grove in South Atlanta.
4719 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, 203
Atlanta, GA 30338
Price: from $15
Like their parents, kids also feel a lot of pressure when back-to-school time rolls around. So, why not treat your little prince or princess to a truly memorable haircut at Kiddie Kuts in Dunwoody. This full-service salon and spa has been around since 1999, and it really knows what kids want and love. Services for girls include blow dry and style, flat iron, French braids, extensions, hot oil treatments and manicures. For boys, Kiddie Kuts specializes in mohawks, trims, scissor and clipper cuts.
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Curls to Cuts
3910 Cascade Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30333
Price: $15 and up
This lively children’s salon specializes in cuts and services specifically tailored for the pint-sized client. The kid-friendly waiting room features movies, DVDs, books and video games. Salon services for girls include shampoo and style, shampoo and teist, braids and beads, press and curl, extensions and relaxer treatments. Plus, Cuts to Curls also offers spa services including mini mani/pedi, mini manicure and mini pedicure. Haircuts and lock maintenance are on tap for boys ages 1 to 18.
Jackie Kass is a freelance writer from Atlanta with more than twenty years of writing experience. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.