Denver Back-To-School Guide

August 3, 2012 6:00 AM

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Let’s face it. Back-to-school time can be very stressful. Parants face huge lists of supplies to find, book lists, new clothes to buy and haircuts to get, and all of this has to happen in just a few short weeks. Plus, unless you’ve won the lottery sometime over the summer, chances are the budget doesn’t allow for a lot of extravagant spending to make this all happen. Check out these great options for stocking up for the school year. From new and used clothing to finding smaller and more specialized stores to pick up all those supplies, these places are sure to help make back-to-school at least a bit easier on you and your wallet.
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4315 E. Mississippi Ave
Denver, CO 80246
(303) 759-1117

Sure, you can pick up the school supplies needed at one of those huge chain stores, but the crowds stink and buying local is so much more fun. Check out Bookies, where you can get supplies and have a wonderful time doing it. Bookies has been an independent book seller in Denver for more than 35 years, and it caters only to children and schools. It always has shelves stocked full of great books, supplies, craft materials and gifts. Plus, Bookies has relationships with many local schools, so chances are it will even have your child’s required book list in stock and on hand.

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499 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 698-3838

Meininger has been offering supplies to Colorado since 1881, and this huge art supply store is still an institution in Denver. Wander the aisles of Meininger and pick up all the pens, pencils, crayons, paper and erasers your child could ever need, and while you are at it, sign up for an art class, peruse all the workshops and the resource centers, or even pick up a few craft ideas for yourself.

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Back on the Rack
600 S. Holly St.
Denver, CO 80246
(303) 355-0191

It’s time to start stocking up on those back-to-school clothes too. Children grow so fast, and the prices for new clothing every year can be very difficult. Check out Back on the Rack, a kids consignment boutique. It is a great place to buy those much-needed clothes, but you can also consign last year’s wardrobe the kids have already grown out of. Back on the Rack is locally owned and has been in operation since 2005, making it a local favorite and a great place to dress your child for success. Plus, any clothing that doesn’t sell is donated to local charities.

Related: Best Children’s Clothing Stores In Denver

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Once Upon A Child
8055 W Bowles Ave Unit 2-T
Littleton, CO 80123
(303) 973-3337

Once Upon A Child is another fantastic place to get those great back-to-school outfits at fantastic prices. Instead of a consignment shop, however, it is a simple “buy and sell” used clothing store. Since 2004, this mom and pop shop has been making it affordable to outfit and style your children. So, before you head out to pick up those clothes, go through your child’s closet and find the pieces that no longer fit, then head down to Once Upon a Child and get tons of great stuff while saving a fortune.

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Jack & Jill Children’s Salon
222 Milwaukee St
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 780-0050

Every child needs that perfect back-to-school haircut, and Jack & Jill Children’s Salon is one of the best places in Denver to get it. Jack & Jill’s has been cutting kids’ locks since 2004, and it was even one of the local salon’s to style hair for the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in 2010. Clearly, this is the premier stop for your child’s perfect new ‘do. With a full range of services from basic cut and style to full pamper-me packages, your child will feel fresh and stylish and ready to tackle that homework.

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Little B’s; A Kid’ Salon
6107 E 22nd Ave
Denver, CO 80207
(303) 333-1378

Located next door to Bang Salon in Park Hill is Little B’s, a truly special place for children’s haircuts. With fun and whimsical haircut chairs and full shampoo massages, it is the perfect environment for pampering your child before that stressful school time returns. If a quick bang trim is needed through the year, it provides those for just $10. Little B’s even offers manicures and pedicures so your tyke can feel pampered from head to their tiny toes.

Related: Back To School Savings Made Easy

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at