Friday, August 23, 2013

Shopping for Boys at Sears #SearsMomBTS

There's something that feels so fresh and new about the start of school. No matter how long I've been out of school, the coming of September feels like the true signal of new starts and a new year. New outfits, new shoes, new pencils and notebooks. New friendships to be made and old ones to renew. The start of the school year brings excitement and optimism, and maybe some nervous anticipation as well.

I've always liked to be well-prepared, both when I was a kid, and now for my own kids too. I admit I'm not usually a big fan of shopping, but I do so enjoy stocking up on school supplies and new outfits. With little kids this process is pretty easy, and mostly about me. By that I mean, as their mom I know their favourite characters and such, so I can take that knowledge and go on my own shopping spree, making my own choices on their behalf. But as the kids grow, they definitely get their own ideas (and rightly so). It becomes increasingly more difficult to pick out clothes and backpacks they will appreciate, and that meet the expectations of their *cough* social circles. The Teen can look after himself now ("here's some cash"), but if I have to go shopping with Little Boo, I want to be able to get as much stuff off my list in one place as I possibly can. He is a terrible shopping companion.

This year I did back to school shopping at Sears, and it definitely hit the mark.

Before we hit the store, I visited the website to engage Little Boo in some pre-shopping. I wanted to get him excited about his options so he'd willingly come to the store with me. The first item we looked for was a new backpack.  There was a great selection, including many licensed options. He was totally excited when he saw two different Skylanders Giants backpacks. That alone was reason to go to the store and check them out in person. He needs new sneakers as well (again!!), and he decided he wanted to pick them out and try them on himself, not trusting me to get the "right" ones, so off we went.

A seven-year old boy willingly went to Sears to buy clothes, shoes and a backpack. That's something!

We got to the store and found his backpack. The last one left, so we were lucky. Though, I did explain to him that we could always order one online if they had none in-store. Online is my favourite way to shop, and that's a great benefit of shopping Sears. You can order online or by phone and choose to have your items shipped directly to your home or to your nearest Sears location or catalogue agent.

The selection of brands available was excellent, including Nike, Levi's, Roots, New Balance, Reebok, and more. LB saw the Nike hoodies as we were walking past, and immediately asked if he could try one on. Here's our purchases from this trip:

Clothes, shoes, socks and undies, essentials like backpacks and lunch bags - you can get them all with one stop shopping at Sears. Easy and efficient. LB picked out everything we bought himself, even trying on about 4 different styles of sneakers. We had New Balance shoes to start grade one as well, and were really pleased with the comfort and quality. Plus, they look good.

Mommy was really pleased at the reasonable price points, and the excellent back to school sale that was running. Everything we bought (other than the 2 for $19.97 graphic tees) was 25%-30% off! I also appreciate Sears Kidvantage lifetime wear-out warranty. If your child's clothing or footwear wears out before they outgrow it, Sears will repair or replace it. With an active boy who is pretty tough on his clothes, this is a great insurance policy!

Doesn't he look great? Ready to hit the books!
To help you get ready for back to school, Sears is holding a "Back We Go" contest, with 5 weekly prizes of $500 Sears gift cards, and 35 daily prizes of $50 Sears gift cards.  To enter, visit and "like" the Sears Canada Facebook page, then click on the contest tab and complete the entry form. Contest runs through Thursday, September 5, 2013. Best of luck!!

Disclosure: I am part of the Sears Back to School Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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