In the weeks leading up to your children returning to school in the fall, you'll likely be putting together a list of everything they need. This list can be extensive, which means that you'll need to set aside some time for shopping before school begins. There are many different ways that you can shop, but it's ideal if you can find one place that sells the bulk of the items on your list. For many families, the obvious answer is a department store — a large retail space that sells a wide range of items. Here are some back-to-school things that you'll be able to buy at your local department store.
One of the main items on your shopping list will be clothing. Not only is it nice for children to start the new year with some new clothing, but there's a chance that your kids have outgrown some of the items that they wore last year. A department store sells a wide range of clothing options for children. You'll be able to buy casual items that the children can wear, as well as athletic apparel for gym class. Jackets might not immediately be necessary, but you'll want to get your children jackets for when the temperature gets cooler later in the fall.
Children also have a need for various school supplies, all of which you should be able to pick up at your local department store. For younger children, pencil crayons, paper notebooks, and other similar supplies will be on your to-do list. If you have teenagers, they may need some pens and notebooks, as well as a variety of electronic items. For example, your older children might need tablets, which can be handy at school and at home. Many department stores have electronics departments, so you won't have trouble finding a tablet that suits your budget.
Department stores typically have large footwear departments, which you can visit during your back-to-school shopping trip. Your children will need new shoes to start school, and you may need to buy multiple pairs for each. For example, your son may want running shoes and loafers, while your daughter might want sandals and running shoes. If your children are involved in school sports such as soccer, softball, or baseball, you can look for cleats for the appropriate sports. Browse the websites of a few local department stores to get a sense of which will best help you to complete your shopping list.
For more tips on visiting a busy department store with your kids, talk to some experienced parents in your area.