From malls to markets, fashionable back-to-school shopping events

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Purchase unique items at these shopping events. (iStock photo)

It’s that time of year again: Back-to-school season. Whether you’re still hitting the books or are fully immersed in the 9-to-5 lifestyle, these next few weeks are the perfect time to shop. You might not be able to resist the promise of a unique style find.

Let’s get some shoes. Let’s get some super-discounted shoes. Bus Stop Boutique in Queen Village is holding a four-day mini warehouse sale with discounts up to 75 percent off from Thursday, Aug. 21 through Sunday, Aug. 24 during store hours, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.  

Continuing with accessories, the Bernie Robbins flagship store in Somers Point, N.J. is pairing shoppers with jewelry experts on Friday, Aug. 22 and Saturday, Aug. 23. Find out which stones will work best with your fall wardrobe from noon until 7 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

The only indoor Phila Flea Market of the outdoor season soaks in the air-conditioned goodness of the Kimmel Center on Saturday, Aug. 23. From 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. you’ll be able to scoop up vintage and antique jewelry, accessories, and a wealth of other items that you don’t wear as well (furniture, art, etc.) in Center City.

The final two Saturdays of the month, Aug. 23 and Aug. 30, bring mini Art Star markets to Spruce Street Harbor Park on the waterfront. The pop-up park closes on the 31st, so this is your perfect excuse to get down there and shop the affordable items (most are under $50) — weather permitting — from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Teen Vogue is pairing up with a few local malls for a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. On Saturday, Aug. 23 and Sunday, Aug. 24, both the Oxford Valley Mall and Montgomery Mall, respectively, will hold ABC’s of Style events for young fashionistas. Both malls will have a fashion show, highlighting fall style trends as well as a Teen Vogue-curated fashion guide, complete with looks to inspire. Also set is a performance and meet-and-greet with pop trio AJR. Get schooled in style from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Oxford Valley Mall and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday at Montgomery Mall.

Newark, N.J. accessories shop Funky Bijou is bringing the fun to Philly at its pop-up shop in Old City for a girls' night out on Friday, Aug. 29. Both art and jewelry will be available for purchase as well as complimentary beverages and snacks for three hours, starting at 6:30 p.m.

During the PHS Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 20, the Franklin Flea makes a fall comeback with a juried selection of vintage and antique vendors at The Navy Yard on Broad Street. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., take a peek at everything from high-fashion vintage blazers to old-school typewriters.

Your next custom treasure is waiting. Handcrafted jewelry and accessories (among many other items) will be up for grabs on Saturday, Sept. 13 and Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Craft Phila. Liberty Bell Craft Show. Seventy-six artists will sell their wares starting at 10 a.m. both days outdoors adjacent to the Liberty Bell Pavilion at Independence Mall.

Bringing upscale fashion to The Shops at Liberty Place is Phashion Phest, a showcase of fall looks that are available for purchase as well as a cocktail reception. This year’s designer-studded event takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in Rittenhouse Square.