Tax Free Shopping Week Back To School Guide - (cool) progeny

Maryland kicked off it’s annual Tax Free Shopping Week last Sunday — just in time for back to school shopping! What does that mean? No tax on qualifying clothing and shoe wear purchases under $100 from participating retailers. You got it. 6% sales-tax savings just for shopping this week. As if we really needed a reason to spruce up the kiddos’ closets for fall…

We scoured our fav Baltimore kids boutiques and manufacturers to come up with 30 fabulous back-to-school buys that you can nab tax free until Sunday! Stylish, modern, comfy and easy-to-care for options (read: don’t require ironing). Everything is, of course, under $100.

Buying local never looked so (cool).

Baby and Toddler

They may not be headed into the classroom, they will be the chicest ones at your first mommy and me music class. Stripes and peplum are hot (yes, even for the non-walking types). Comfort and cozy paired with style that’s easy for mom manipulation. So you can change a diaper without standing on your head.

Baltimore Tax Free Shopping Guide, Back to School - (cool) progenyFeaturing: Splendid, Rileyroos, Zutano, Widgeon, All Good Living Kids, Imps & Elfs, Mayoral, Tuff Kookooshka

Area Retailers: Soft and Cozy Baby, The Corduroy Button, The Pied Piper, Tiny Toes, Wee Chic Boutique


Preschool is all about playclothes that pull double duty: great for circle time AND monkey bar swinging. A definite deal-killer? Anything that itches. Mix and match separates are perfect for little people who have stylish minds of their own. Just buy in a coordinating color palate! Brands like Tea Collection and Pink Chicken make it easy. Here are our top story-time-jungle-gym picks.

Baltimore Tax Free Shopping Guide, Back to School - (cool) progeny

Featuring: Splendid, Charm City Babies, Tea Collection, Pink Chicken, EGG, Morgan & Milo, Primigi, Under Armour

Area Retailers: Under Armour Brand House, Petit Feet Footwear, Soft and Cozy Baby, Tiny Toes, Wee Chic Boutique

Elementary School

Forget solids. This fall, it’s all about the prints. Skip the cartoony mass-produced options in favor of graphic done in pint-sized sophistication. These easy-to-wear and (ahem, easy-to-wash) options go from math class to after-school playdate with ease. Yeah, we’re even encouraging your fashionista to style with glitter.

Tax-Free-Shopping-Baltimore-Guide-Back-To-School3Featuring: Ella Moss, Charlie Rocket, Geox, Junk Food, Toobydoo, Joe’s Jeans, Morgan & Milo, Appaman, RCVA, Autumn Cashmere

Area Retailers: Petit Feet Footwear, The Corduroy Button The Pied Piper, Tiny Toes, Wee Chic Boutique

Back to School Steals and Deals

In addition to Tax Free Shopping, several Baltimore area businesses are offering promotional incentives for back-to-school. Here’s where to get your ADDITIONAL savings on…

  • Petit Feet Footwear: Buy more and save on fall shoes! Buy 2 pairs of shoes, save $10. Buy 3 pairs of shoes, save $25. Save $40 on any purchase of four or more pairs. DOWNLOAD THE COUPON
  • Tiny Toes: Buy more and save on Tea Collection through Saturday, August 17. Save 10% on any 3 fall items, 15% on any 4 fall items, and 20% on any 5 fall items. They are also hosting an in-store photo day on Friday the 16th focused around back to school featuring children’s photographer Lindsay Parks. MORE INFO
  • Wee Chic Boutique: Earn 20% on a future purchase by posting a picture of your stylish mini-me wearing a first day of school outfit from Wee Chic on their Facebook page. Then they’ll send you a 20% off coupon for a future purchase! MORE INFO
  • Uno The Salon: Get a new back-to-school do! Book a kids haircut (up to 10 years old) with Stylist Landre only for $25 at Uno, The Salon. From August 12th through August 18th. MORE INFO

Cover Image Credit: Laura Black, Laura Black Photography