Whether you’re a student getting excited for back-to-school shopping or a parent looking for the easy way out of this annual chore, this guide will lead you to the best bargains for school supplies, clothing and haircuts in Baltimore. Keep it stress free by creating a plan and mapping out a low-traffic route. Grab a snack beforehand and plan on lunch if you’re taking the kids. It’s OK to make a few trips, marathon shopping is stressful and the best area shops are worth a few hours each.
7110 Belair Road, Suite 200
Baltimore, Md. 21206
Geddes is the school store authority that supplies everything a child needs to develop critical skills in math, language arts, reading, leadership and business. Many items sell for just 10 to 40 cents per piece, and shoppers get additional savings with bulk assortments. Younger students may shop for pencil cases, grips, sharpeners and toppers, while older kids find locker and paper supplies, rulers and book covers. Furthermore, pens have never been more interesting with gel, holiday, light up and novelty varieties; even pens with delicious scents to make homework time more fun.
The Shops at Kenilworth
883 Kenilworth Drive
Towson, Md. 21204
Maryland’s No. 1 parent and teacher learning store, Learning How provides high quality products at the lowest retail costs with the added bonus of a friendly shopping environment. Choose to purchase online with its new and improved online catalog or in stores at one of its convenient locations in Columbia or Towson. Either way, be sure to check online first for its coupons of the month to receive extra discounts. Learning How’s school products include, but are not limited to: scissors, wipe-off crayons and markers, jumbo glue sticks, assorted bright-color index cards, beginner pencils, reading aids, math tools, and children’s books, games and puzzles.
1830 York Road
Timonium, Md. 21093
Uptown Cheapskate is changing the dynamics of back-to-school budget shopping by paying cash on the spot for your like-new items. Trade in last fall’s hottest styles for the latest ones without overpaying. Although prices are not as low as thrift stores, they are still amazing deals for the quality and name-brand items available. All trade-in clothes must be freshly laundered as well as wrinkle and stain free. Choose from any of these categories: jeans, skirts, shirts, dresses, jackets, handbags, shoes, accessories, etc. The hardest part is deciding whether to take cash back or gain 25 percent more value by taking your payment in store credit and shopping immediately.
The Wise Penny
5902 York Road
Baltimore, Md. 21212
(410) 435-3244 (store)
(410) 435-5521 (The Junior League of Baltimore, Inc.)
Owned and operated by The Junior League of Baltimore since 1970, The Wise Penny offers affordable prices for new and gently used chic clothing and accessories. Also available are a variety of household items to suit every family’s need and budget. Benefit from savings such as Tuesday’s draw a discount for a chance to win 10 to 75 percent off your entire purchase, and every Thursday you’ll receive 20 percent off from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feel good about giving back to Baltimore while shopping as proceeds from The Wise Penny go to benefit local community projects.
Salon 36 Kids
1500 Reisterstown Road, Suite 219
Pikesville, Md. 21208
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Follow Salon 36 Kids website frequently to jump on free haircut offers for boys and girls with training stylists. Appointments are always preferred, but walk-ins are welcome, making Salon 36 Kids a great place to stop during a back-to-school shopping spree. Additional services and packages are available for both kids and adults, such as its special princess package which includes a cut, style and manicure.
Will’s Barber Shop
5121 Harford Road
Baltimore, Md. 21214
Contact for pricing
Enjoy a timeless cut at an old-fashioned barber shop that has been serving men, women and children for more than 30 years. Will, the shop’s owner, has been giving haircuts and shaves at affordable prices to Baltimore’s second and third-generation customers since day one. First-time customers receive $5 off a haircut, and no appointment is necessary. There is even a special children’s chair for occupying the little ones. Bring your own vinyl for old-school tunes, or choose from his selection. Don’t miss out on free refreshments and snacks every Saturday as well.
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