Back to School on a Budget

By Sandra Packwood  |  Photos by Kara Thorpe

Back to school shopping ranks right up there with Christmas as a major budget buster for families. This year, parents with children in grades K-12 are expected to spend an average of $501.00 on everything from clothing to paper and pencils, and many will spend much more.  

But all that shopping doesn’t need to break the bank.

One great way to spend less is to shop in consignment stores. These days, consignment stores offer the latest styles from name brands at a savings of 50% to 70% per item. And you won’t believe how many items you’ll find with the original tag still attached!

Consignment shopping is good for the environment and even better for your budget. And if your kids have any concern they won’t be totally on-trend, check out the following pages for of-the-moment looks that were styled right off the racks at Do You DejaVu Consignment in Warrenton, and Stuff! Consignments in Gainesville.

For a young, preppy look, Connor is wearing flat front khakis from Bonabos and a Vineyard Vines button-down Oxford. Sarah is wearing J. Crew floral shorts with a light blue plaid blouse and Hunter Original Tall Wellington boots in aubergine. A printed messenger bag completes her easy, casual look.


At left: For a look that’s a little edgier, Olivia is in a shoulder cut romper paired with a denim jacket and crepe leather sneakers. Rompers are everywhere and will be with us all through the fall season. Max looks sharp in Levi’s jeans and a plaid, button-down shirt paired with Vans sneakers.
At right: These two are picture-perfect proof that youth and style can absolutely be synonymous. Olivia is wearing black skinny jeans with J. Crew three-tone flats and a two-tone leather jacket over a rust colored tank. A large, vintage leather carrier completes her look. Max is stylish in red shorts and a striped navy tee topped with a plaid shirt left unbuttoned for a super casual look.


Top: For these two young beauties, we picked easy going, on-trend outfits. Savannah is in a blue printed romper, short denim jacket, and cool Sperry topsiders (next to which she’s placed a pretty patchwork tote). Mary is in a super cute and age appropriate Zara dress complemented by a Vera Bradley backpack.
Bottom: Yes, white jeans can be worn all year-round. Sarah is wearing skinny jeans from White House Black Market with a printed tank and a white cardigan. Connor is wearing Vineyard Vines cargo pants in gray, paired with a Ralph Lauren polo. We added the argyle cardigan for a more sophisticated, academic look.


Models: Connor Fox, Olivia Jackson, Sarah Kamphuis, Mary Moore, Savannah Moore, Max Packwood

Hair and Makeup:

Ashley Gray, Rocky King, Ash Salon
6601 Jefferson St., Haymarket
703-753-0594 /

Clothing and Accessories:

Do You Dejavu
43 Main St., Warrenton
On Facebook at @DoYouDejavu

Stuff! Consignments
7482 Limestone Dr., Gainesville
On Facebook at @StuffConsignments


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