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School clothes delineate eras in a child's lifetime—from a kindergartener's first backpack, to a second-grader's first pair of "Big Kid" shoes, to a middle-schooler's first independently selected pair of jeans (which, despite objections from parents who experienced the early aughts firsthand, will probably be low-rise). These local businesses make school shopping easy without scrolling through those milestones.
Seattle School Clothes for Kids
Holding down the children’s resale game in North Seattle, Childish Things rocks a huge selection of shoes and a seasonally rotating selection of modern clothing for kids up to size 10—with some strict consignment policies that feature quality clothing parents can feel good about.
Owner and designer Jane Hedreen launched her line of exceptional, keep-forever children’s clothing in the late ’90s—now, styles up to 12Y are housed in a light-filled Pioneer Square showroom alongside similarly special grown-up fashions and home goods.
Chevron Short Puffer Silver, Flora and Henri Local
Kids clothing, but make it luxurious: This goose down–filled puffer from Flora and Henri's children's line can be spotted across any playground.
Sugarlump’s complete range of high-quality, pre-used clothing—priced at about one-third of what it’d cost new—caters to offspring of all ages. Shoes even extend into smaller adult sizes, because dressing a middle schooler doesn’t need to be any harder than it already is.
This expansive consignment store has the clean and organized feel of a high-end boutique, without the high-end prices. Some new stuff dots the lineup, too, so you can grab a gift and knock out school shopping all in one go.
Tsukihoshi Youth Rainbow Sneaker, My Three Little Birds Local
Kids love the brightly colored, super-cozy sneakers from longtime Japanese shoe brand Tsukihoshi, specifically designed to mimic the feeling of playing barefoot by giving little toes extra room to wiggle. My Three Little Birds stocks tons of models, from these classic lightweight shoes to waterproof high-tops.
Seattle School Clothes for Teens
For gym class, volleyball practice, or days when hard pants just aren’t in the cards, this local, sustainability-minded activewear company makes simple accessories and colorful gender-neutral clothing from size XXS–6XL. It’s online-only, but shops like Nordstrom, Evo, and Prism carry items in-store if try-ons are a must.
Please Recycle Backpack, Girlfriend Collective Local
Made from recycled plastic bottles (and recyclable itself, via Girlfriend Collective's ReGirlfriend program) for the climate activist in your life.
Locally designed cellulose acetate claw clips and colorful barrettes feel Y2K in the very best way.
Seattle loves claiming Nordstrom as its own—but we get even more excited about the department store's bargain offshoot, which features a robust and inexpensive juniors department. (Check out our list of the best and worst Nordstrom Rack locations in the Seattle area before you go.)
This Pike/Pine boutique centers around fashion-forward sneakers, with the exclusive releases and high-demand collaborations to match, and its menswear-focused streetwear selection is among the city’s best.
Jogger X81 Black/Glacier Grey, Asics Local
How Asics rose from a gym shoe for uncool dads to one of the top brands among sneakerheads is, truthfully, beside the point—what matters is that the newest pairs, like this jogger-inspired basic, are likely in stock at Likelihood.
Seattle School Supplies
University of Washington
The University of Washington's storied bookstore isn't just for college students. For a local supply selection that rivals Target's, come here.
Cute and functional is the name of the game at this couple-owned online stationery shop, headquartered in Seattle with additional offices in Seoul.
Archive 6-Ring A5 Zipper Binder, MochiThings Local
Bullet journalers, rejoice: The small-but-mighty selection of sustainable notebooks from Ballard-based Snerd comes with dot-grid paper to help keep graphic elements in line.
Montreal Eco-Friendly Journal, Snerd Local
Snerd's big, bold designs come from a surprisingly tiny studio run by founders Nate Rasmussen and David Stegmeier.