Back to school is a bittersweet time of year. The kids are getting older and bigger and summer is ending, but also you can say buh-bye to expensive summer camps and extra hot weather. You get back to early bedtimes, but you have to pack lunches again. Well, these inventive LA parents have come up with some big new ideas and products that make the start of the school year sweet and simple.

Grow Kid Grow

Need something new to you, but don’t want to spend big bucks? Grow Kid Grow, the hip Silverlake kids resale shop, is the place to hit. Owner (and one of the coolest Moms we know) Missy Gibson stocks the shop with vintage and nearly new clothes for kids of all ages that makes finding the perfect back to school outfit a fun (and inexpensive) experience. They also carry cool lunch boxes and fun surprises to stick in backpacks for the first week of school. They’re open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Tip: If you’re looking for something specific (from uniform clothes to super specific requests from your picky dresses), just ask! They’re happy to look in the back room for you, or keep an eye out and give you a call if that item comes in.

4310 Sunset Blvd.
Silverlake
323-661-4769
Online: growkidgrow.com

photo credit: Meghan Rose

What are your local Back to School secrets? Let us know in the comment section!

—Meghan Rose