We’re still vacuuming sand out of the car from the last beach trip.  Kids are tow-headed from all the sunshine and punchy from ice cream and late night bedtimes (who can resist with all these fabulous outdoor movies and concerts?).  We’re not ready for it to end.  But there is one thing that gets us all feeling Fall – back to school shopping.  At any and every age there’s something reassuring about the yearly routine of discovering that new thing that makes toting goodies (be it diapers or homework) and snacks (be it goldfish or sushi rolls) easy and fun.  So we sought out the hippest houses of back to school paraphernalia for a stock up shopping day.  Have fun!

Wacko: Lunchboxes with a Side of Lunacy

Hello hip. The lunchboxes at Wacko are nostalgic, offbeat and irreverent. Some are also not particularly kid-propriate, so come prepared to steer them away from the ones that you don’t want to have to explain to the principal. But most are perfect for all ages and rack up the laid back hippster parent points. You’ll get a kick out of browsing the whole store, as a matter of fact.

Wacko Soap Plant, Silverlake
Online: soapplant.com/lunchboxes.aspx

Still standing?  Still shopping?  We’ve also combed the internet for the greatest goods for our ultimate Back to School Guide.

Where do you go for unique local shopping?  Let us know!

Photo credit: Meghan Rose, Monkey Pants, pickettfences.com, dabbawallabags.com, JapanLA via facebook, thewishingwellshop.blogspot.com, and poppystores.com