Back-to-school shopping doesn’t always have to involve strapping the kids in the cart and pushing it through the aisles of Target hoping to get out with school supplies in hand (and kids in one piece). What if we told you there’s an easy way to find adorable clothes at great prices, and your little ones can actually play in the store while you shop? Talk about a back-to-school deal of the century! Click through the slideshow to see our picks for getting the little ones looking cool for school.

Platypus Kids

No matter what ages your kiddos might be, from preschool to high school, Platypus Kids in Encinitas offers a great selection of discount name brand clothing. This consignment store also has an ongoing list of items that they are looking for, which gives shoppers the chance to save even more money by recycling last year's gently worn school year clothing. Not only can you back to school shop, but kids can get in some extra curricular activities at Platypus Kids.

The building has two large classrooms, and they offer kid enrichment classes throughout the year. There is something for every age group, including music classes, toddler play time, Spanish and even fitness and cooking! As an extra plus, all donations can be exchanged not only for store credit, but for credit for classes as well.

Platypus Kids doesn't require an appointment to bring in clothes in exchange for store credit or check, but they do request a limit of one bag. box, or laundry bin of clothing. Buying days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

1441 Encinitas Blvd, Suite 126
Encinitas, Ca 92024

Photo Credit: Platypus Kid's Facebook Page

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— Bryn Wied