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Submitted by Rebecca M., Sprout Contributor

It is never too early to start making preparations for the back to school season. Unfortunately, it seems that no matter how much we prepare there is always something that needs to be purchased at the last minute. With August approaching quickly, our team has worked with the Erie City School District Student Assistance Program to compile a list of local shops that offer gently used, dress code appropriate uniforms and attire at discounted prices. Please note that many of the organizations listed below offer clothing based on donations, and cannot guarantee dress code appropriate uniforms, specific sizes, etc. For specific dress code rules and regulations, contact your local school district.

Erie City School District Caring Closet
Erie Family Center
913 Payne Avenue
Phone: 814-449-2387
Hours: August-October, Tuesdays 10 AM – 3 PM
September-July, Tuesdays 10 AM – 1 PM
All other times by appointment only

Mercy Center for Women
1039 East 27th Street
Phone: 814-455-4577
Hours: Clients only, but accepting donations

My Sister’s Closet
2173 West 12th Street
Phone: 814-461-9748
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM

2212 Broad Street
Phone: 814-455-5059
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM

Once Upon a Child
7200 Peach Street
Phone: 814-866-3803
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 AM – 8 PM
Sunday, 12 PM – 5 PM
Website: www.onceuponachilderie.com
This organizations also buys used children’s clothes

Plato’s Closet
7200 Peach Street
Phone: 814-866-9822
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 AM – 9 PM
Sunday, 12 PM – 6 PM
Website: www.platoscloset.com
This organizations also buys used teens clothes

Salvation Army Thrift Stores
Salvation Army Family Store
1944 Keystone Drive
Phone: 814-866-1787

Salvation Army Family Store
8 West High Street
Union City, PA 16438
Phone: 438-9918

Salvation Army Family Store
1209 Sassafras Street
Phone: 814-456-4239

Goodwill
Erie East Goodwill Store
2526 East Avenue
Phone: 814-456-7362
Website: www.ashtabulagoodwill.org
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM

Erie West Goodwill Store
2601 West 26th Street
Phone: 814-833-4501
Website: www.ashtabulagoodwill.org
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM
Sunday, 12 PM – 5 PM

Meadville Goodwill Store
18945 Park Avenue Plaza
Meadville, PA 16335
Phone: 814-337-5176
Website: www.ashtabulagoodwill.org
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM

St. Martin Center
1701 Parade Street
Phone: 814-452-6113
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Don’t forget to check out garage sales, estate sales, and household sales for clothes and baby furniture! Just look in the newspaper to find out where they are on that specific day.