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Best Places To Go Back-To-School Shopping In OC

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As the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm. Depending on the age of your child going back to school, we've come up with the definitive list to begin your back-to-school shopping. So, start early this season by checking out these best places for back-to-school shopping in OC.

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Newport Kids
1775 Newport Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 548-2849

Newport Kids is a unique concept for a children's store. Located in Costa Mesa, the specialty store offers inventory complete with a large number of consignment, thrift and vintage clothing specially curated for kids. For shoppers who are dead set on scoring big savings this back-to-school season and are shopping on a tight budget, Newport Kids offers the best value. While browsing the boutique, expect to see a few designer outfits for children, steep discounts on popular children's labels and a maternity section for moms looking to shop alongside their kids. Occasionally, there is a $1 clearance bin filled with children's clothing for boys and girls, providing shoppers with even more opportunities to save big.

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99 Fortune Dr #729
Irvine, CA
(949) 754-0681

There's no question that H&M offers clothing that your kids will love when it comes time to go shopping for school outfits. Bring them to one of Orange County's several H&M locations to shop for a wide variety of items ranging from shoes, pants, skirts, tops, shirts, t's, accessories and hats. And, if you're scared about the price tag, don't be. H&M offers up some of the latest fashions for low prices that will leave you happy when exiting the store.

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3333 Bristol St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 668-1650

Like H&M, Zara is a great place for clothing for back to school. With a more modern approach, the clothes here are sleek but also make for appropriate styles for your kids. Shop everything from pants, tee's, shirts, shoes and more at relatively low prices. It's guaranteed you won't have to fight your kid on anything here. They'll love it all!

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Red Balloon Ltd
1801 Westcliff Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 631-3500

A local haven for children and parents in Newport Beach, Red Balloon boutique offers a nicely organized selection of children's and babies' clothing. Items are arranged by age and size and the racks and display tables are filled to the brim with an assortment of trendy, modern and adorable children's clothing. From back-to-school wardrobe essentials such as graphic tees, cargo pants and striped cardigans for boys, to dressier options such as sleeveless floral dresses and colorful ruffle tops for girls, Red Balloon Ltd offers a wide range to choose from.

Related:  Best Baby Clothing Stores In Orange County

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Little Freebirds
227 Ocean Ave.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 376-9925

Little Freebirds is a children's boutique based in Laguna Beach that carries a vast array of children's and babies' clothing. For a varied selection in back-to-school clothing, with looks ranging from frilly dresses to seasonal matching separates, Little Freebirds gives kids (and parents) the chance to pick out of many styles to arrange their ultimate back-to-school wardrobe. Clothing comes in all sizes beginning with infants up to school-aged children.

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840 Tustin St.
Orange, CA 92867
(714) 538-0166

One thing that's almost certain about back-to-school shopping is it's going to require at least one trip to the bookstore for school supplies. For a large quantity of children's books, notebooks and other school-related material, consider Bookman a check off on your back-to-school shopping list. Located in Old Orange, Bookman has rows and rows of books. Books are sold at a variety of price points with the majority of the books leaning towards affordable. While you're picking out a few back-to-school items, give it a go and browse the huge selection of children's books. You may end up finding your child's next book report subject!

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Camelot Books
18838 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(714) 963-3122

Camelot Books is like a library without the wait time. The Fountain Valley bookstore has the most affordable books around with a good percentage falling under the $10 mark. From elementary classics to junior high-based novels to high school books for reference to college textbooks, Camelot Books caters to all types of students. Camelot also offers new, used and rare books and its Fall Children's Book Sidewalk Sale is a hit every year where shoppers can peruse 15 long tables of used children's books at discounts of up to 60 percent off.

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Barbara Akowuah is a freelance journalist based in Southern California. As a fashion examiner who is privy to style, Barbara loves to write about fashion and how it relates to the Los Angeles scene. Barbara loves to dish out the latest trends, style tips, and inside scoop. Her work can be found on
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