Whether it feels like it or not, summer is coming to an end -- well, the vacation part of it anyway. And if you've already signed up for your classes then Phase 1 of your back-to-school agenda is complete. Time for Phase 2: Shopping.
Here are seven local businesses that can help you check off your back to school shopping list:
7. Butter Toast Boutique Selling vintage apparel and accessories for men and women, Traci Nelson & Jasmine Jarrett at Butter Toast Boutique have the designing know-how to get you the right look for the fall semester.
As added incentive, they're now holding a back-to-school sale for ASU students. Just bring your ID or enter the promo could student20 at their online store for 20 percent off your purchase.
Pictured above: Authentic vintage tees, aged for premium irony ($24) and a nineties floral grunge-factor dress- easy to accessorize and even easier to throw on when you realize you're late for class ($28). Pair it with a feather necklace ($40) and leather crossbody bag ($18)
6. GROWop GROWop carries an eclectic blend of new and old, threads and décor. Although they're not as heavy on the clothing as Butter Toast, GROWop has all those perfect little details to finish off a new apartment or outfit, such as clutches, scarves, candles, and jewelry. You might also want to take in the staging throughout the store as inspiration for your own place.
Pictured above: Men's short sleeved button down shirts (Prices vary, average $20). Handmade pillows in assorted colors, perfect for your naked furniture ($25 each).
5. Brand X / Icon Whether you're starting up a club, or you're just a creative genius in need of a silkscreen, Brand X Custom Tees has you covered with custom tees starting at $20 ($17 if you bring in your own shirt). And if you're in the market for something other than shirts, their sister store next door, also sells blank hats, bags and more that can be personalized to your heart's content.
Pictured above: A variety of bags including messenger and totes that serve as a functional canvas ($11-$20).
4. Boutique Solie Boutique Solie has a little bit of everything fresh and feminine, drom shoes to sunglasses, clothing to purses, (the owner, ,Bethaney Soliere even offers spray tanning). Best of all, ASU students get 10 percent off their purchases all year round.
Pictured above: Lace back top ($58) and shorts ($65), colorful shades that are as stylish as they are practical ($10), delicate bracelets that can easily be stacked at only $6 a piece, and skull flats that bring new life to closed-toed shoes ($28.50)
3. Zinnias at Melrose Whether you're a hipster or just plain broke, thrifting is the perfecti solution for all things conscious (budget, self, earth, etc.). Zinnias could well be your Ikea alternative, with decent prices and a diverse range of furniture, dishware, art and - well, you name it. Seriously, if you want a 3ft Egyptian statue to greet people in your living room, they have that.
They also take 20 percent off everything in the store on third Thursdays.
Pictured above: Retro red table and chair set, perfect for small spaces ($125). Vintage trunks. When these multipurpose trunks aren't sitting on their sides as nightstands, or stacked on top of each other as a ready made coffee table, they're storing all the stuff, your not-so walk-in closet and kitchenette couldn't hold. ($15-$19)
2. Landis Cyclery With locations in Central Phoenix, North Scottsdale, North Tempe, and South Tempe, Landis makes it pretty easy to get your hands on some two-wheeled transportation. Even if you already have a bike, it's a great place to purchase some extra bells and whistles for your bike. Pictured above: Single speed Electra cruiser, perfect for those who only have to travel a mile or two to class ($239 -- basket is an additional $20)
Skinny Tire Comfort Bike, perfect for those who have a slightly longer commute to class, and would prefer being on time ($329).
1. Changing Hands With classes starting August 23, there's still time to squeeze in one last summer read. Leave it to the literary loving staff at Changing Hands to find just the right book to make you laugh, swoon, cry, or whatever else it is that you like to do with books.
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They can also help you with textbook rentals, offering deals at up to 80 percent off, plus home delivery. Oh Changing Hands, what will you think of next?
Pictured above: What the Hell Are You Doing?: The Essential David Shrigley is a hardcover hybrid of comedy and art, perfect for David Shrigey enthusiasts and dark humorists alike. It's one of those rare coffee books you'll actually read (and probably laugh out loud) ($35).
Wild is a National Bestselling memoir that chronicles the physical and existential journey of a 22-year-old Cheryl Strand as she impulsively decides to hike the 1100 mile Pacific Crest Trail alone. Think Into the Wild, only this time it's a woman and no one dies in an abandoned bus. It's a great read for hikers, empowered women, and pretty much all lost twenty-something's ($25).