Thanks to Asheville Outlets for partnering on this post and providing a gift card for school clothes and essentials. Cute kids and opinions are all my own.
My boy started school this week. Like, legit real Kindergarten, gone all day and he’ll be riding a bus to his after school care, kind of school. I thought I was ready until I was up at 2am panicking one night last week. (I’ve since met his teacher, and I’m starting to feel a little better.) After a summer full of fun and playing hard, I knew we had to do some back to school clothes shopping. My boy needed shirts, shorts, and fall/winter clothes. He’s growing like mad, and basically everything from this summer is worn out or too small.
I used to travel to Blowing Rock or even Myrtle Beach to visit outlet stores. When my son was small, my options were limited if I wanted to shop at Carter’s, so I purchased a lot of items online. A few years ago Asheville Outlets opened, and my shopping options grew exponentially.
Recently I was invited over to Asheville Outlets to check out their shuttle service (if you’re visiting, you really need to check it out!) and I did some back to school shopping for my son, a little shopping for my daughter, and I even managed to pick up a few back-to-fitness items for myself.
Asheville Outlets is home to most of the brands that we love. I visited Gap first, and found Batman shirts for my son and husband (which came in handy for my son’s Batman birthday party!) I also found long sleeve shirts at great prices in Gap.
In OshKosh I found pants and a couple of shirts. I actually stocked up on jeans at Children’s Place earlier in the summer, but I LOVE OshKosh, and I couldn’t resist one more pair of jeans. Plus the track pants, because my son really loves track pants and sweat pants.
Children’s Place had a few shirts I thought my son would like. (Such as the baseball shirt he’s wearing here – paired with shorts I found at Gap.)
And surprisingly enough, I found a great lightweight jacket by Columbia at Field & Stream. For under $30. I’ll be the first to admit that Field & Stream is not my regular store to shop in, and I had doubts about visiting them, but I’m glad we did.
We are officially ready for the school year! This shopping trip could not have come at a better time since Asheville’s weather turned from summer to fall very abruptly. It’s been in the low 70s this week!
Labor Day weekend is quickly approaching, meaning many of the stores at the outlets will have even bigger sales. I highly suggest checking them out – and if you’re staying at an area hotel, check out the shuttle service! I wrote about my experience just a few days ago.
Have you completed your back to school shopping?