School uniform shopping made easy

PHILADELPHIA - August 23, 2009 You show up at the store, check in, and they give you a shopping list!

It's at Flynn and O'Hara, where they sell school uniforms. As you'll find out, a limited choice streamlines the process.

"That's one of the key things about uniforms, you need two or three sets to get you through the year, whereas if you're shopping outside buying regular clothing you're going to need six, seven, eight," said Vice President of Sales Sean Flynn.

The company was created by merging two suppliers more than 30 years ago.

Today, it is the largest east of the Mississippi, offering eight basic styles for girls in solid colors and more than a hundred plaids.

Boys generally get slacks and shirts.

The challenge is the range of sizes.

"We go down to a 3-T and we go up to anything they need. In stock we have up to a 60 waist in a men's pants and in the ladies skirts we carry up to a 48 waist," said Flynn. "Our job as a uniform company is to fit anybody, any size, anyhow."

State-of-the-art embroidering machines make it possible to offer a school's custom logo on things like polo shirts in just minutes.

A single outfit for a boy or girl costs $75 or less, head-to-toe, so you can buy everything for a year for well under $300.

There's an exception for wear-and-tear, but products come with a warranty you're not likely to find at the mall.

"We warranty the product, for the entire school year, and that's a policy we've had since we've been in business," said Flynn.

Meanwhile, some websites are offering cash back incentives when you shop.

Three sites doing it are Ebates, Mr. Rebates and Fatwallet.

Each site allows a shopper to search for stores using a search box.

Hunt for them alphabetically, or shop by categories such as apparel/clothing, shoes, electronics, computers and software/games.

Hundreds of stores offer cash back percentages ranging from 1% to 12% and more!

For more information, check out the Back to School Channel of

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