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Localvore's Guide To Back To School Shopping

You can feel it in the air, fall is coming. And with it brings a certain set of challenges for parents, the dreaded back-to-school shopping trip. As with every major consumer event BerkshireStyle suggests keeping it local and picking up as many important school staples as possible right in your own backyard. By supporting your local economy, you're also avoiding those dreadful big box stores, depressing malls and purchasing better-crafted products that will last longer. It's a win-win!

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Bra & Girl • Bra And Girl will not only measure your daughter (to assure the right size and avoid the gawky-awkward growing phase) but help you select the best and most comfortable bra. The staff couldn't be more helpful and friendly. They are diligent to stick to your price point and make sure your daughter walks out feeling like a million bucks.

306 Main Street Great Barrington MA 01230 413.528.6069

J Seitz & Co. • Famous for their desirable home décor, furniture and bedding, it's hard not to go to there without wanting to completely redecorate your home. We suggest their backpacks and large bags (suitable for holding heavy quantities of books). They are well-made in the US, fashionable and your purchase helps provide scholarships for students in need.

9 East Shore Drive New Preston CT 06777 860.868.0119

JWS Art Supplies • A fun shop pretty much year round, they carry every single arts-and-craft supply possible in every shade and texture. Make sure to stop by for colored pencils, notebooks with fun designs and covers, markers, crayons, highlighters and staples. They also have Moleskin notebooks and bright, vivid and splashy computer cases.

38 Railroad Street Great Barrington MA 01230 413.644.9838

One Mercantile • Filled with cool and unique gifts, they have really fun flasks, all-natural cleaning supplies, baby onesies, cookbooks and posters. We love their stainless-steel collapsible travel coffee cups which are very convenient for a commuting student. And a hand-painted mug makes a great first day of school gift for a teacher.

8 Castle Street Great Barrington MA 01230 413.528.1718

Peter Becks Village Store • It's never too early to start thinking about down clothing. Here one finds Patagonia for the whole family and a ton of other warmer-weather brand. They have heavy and lightweight jackets, crisp button-down oxfords, sweaters and fleece in fabrics and styles synonymous with autumn. Great quality shoes and accessories too.

19 Main Street Salisbury CT 06068 860.596.4217

Punch • It's all sunshine and beautiful weather now but in just a short amount of time we will see soggy leaves, rain, snow and slush. Hunter boots are a staple of most New Englander's wardrobe because they're durable, easy to slip on and off and come in a variety of colors. Pick up a pair and you'll be surprised how often your child wears them this year.

15 Merritt Avenue Millbrook NY 12545 845.677.6796

twiGs • It's important to dress to impress on the first day of school (and then you can slack off). Twigs in Lenox offers some surprisingly stylish clothes for kids from cool designers. They also have bags in case your child feels like skipping the backpack this year and scarves to compliment her T-shirt.

51 Church Street Lenox MA 01240 413.637.0711