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Best Back-to-School Bargains in Ephrata

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Best Back-to-School Bargains in Ephrata

Posted on August 19, 2021 by Lisa Willwerth

Whether your children have outgrown their gym shoes or are in need of new colored pencils, here are four local stores to get all of your back-to-school essentials at a fair price!

Summer is winding down and back-to-school season is here! With the first day of school just around the corner, it’s time to stock up on clothing and supplies for the year ahead.

Because back-to-school shopping trips can add up quickly, we’ve compiled a list of the best bargain spots in Ephrata to save money while supporting local. Keep reading to find out where you can get quality items for your kids without breaking the bank!

Photo courtesy of Fashion Cents Ephrata

Fashion Cents Consignment

Conveniently located on Route 272, Fashion Cents Consignment is passionate about serving the Ephrata community. Specializing in clothing for all ages, this local favorite also offers various toys, books, and school supplies. Fashion Cents is perfect for picking up quality clothing, shoes, and gym-appropriate apparel for student athletes. With so many second-hand options, this nifty thrift store will help you tackle that school shopping list in no time!

ReUzit on State

Just a short drive from Fashion Cents Consignment is ReUzit on State. This second-hand store carries a wide variety of gently used books and materials, ideal for parents looking to save a little extra money on school essentials. Local schools provide nearly all school supplies donated to ReUzit, so you know you’re getting your student exactly what they need! As for young readers, ReUzit offers online book shopping through their BookSavers website. This virtual option makes shopping convenient for busy families, as parents can browse gently used books for their little ones from the comfort of their homes.

Photo courtesy of KC Warehouse Deals

KC Warehouse Deals

KC Warehouse Deals is a prime location for all of your back-to-school needs! This Ephrata bargain store is packed with anything and everything your little one needs to be prepared this school year—from backpacks to binders. For children opting to attend school remotely, having a quiet, dedicated working space can make a world of difference in their academic success. However, opt for one from KC Warehouse Deals instead of spending money on a brand new desk that your kiddo will likely outgrow within a few years! You’ll save money, and your little one will feel more at school while learning at home.

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Art of Recycle

Art and creativity are fundamental to learning. Fortunately, Art of Recycle carries a wide variety of donated art and craft supplies for a bargain! This non-profit organization’s mission is to make art, crafting, and teaching supplies affordable for all. So whether you’re a teacher or a parent of crafty kiddos, Art of Recycle is an excellent spot to stock up on supplies!

This back-to-school season, make sure that your kids are prepared to embark on a new academic year by visiting some of Ephrata’s thrift shops! Not only will you find affordable, high-quality products, but you’ll also support your local business community. Now that’s an A+ shopping experience!