School is back in session, which means it’s time to get up to date with this year’s back-to-school sourcing trends. So, sharpen those pencils, upgrade your wardrobe, and let’s gear up for the year ahead. If you’re wondering what to source for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year, look no further.
With these back-to-school sourcing trends, you will be ready to source, list, and sell – making a profit in no time.
A new school year means new school supplies. To help get shoppers back into the swing of things as they prepare for the first day of school, we’ve rounded up a few in-demand back-to-school items that both students and parents will have on their shopping lists.
- Locker organizers
- Locker decor
These items are essential, not only for K-12 students but college students as well. Unsurprisingly, backpacks are the go-to accessory for students. According to Teen Vogue, this item is one that never goes out of style and truly allows students to make an unspoken statement.
In addition to backpacks, notebooks, planners, pens, pencils, binders, and even locker decor are needed for daily organization and adding a bit of personality to the average school day. Many of these must-have items can be easily found in one of our General Merchandise lots. With the new school year and shopping season fast approaching, everyone will be stocking up on these essential items.
Bath & Home Essentials
In addition to the K-12 crowd, It’s also important to note that many college students will be attending college in person for the first time. Apart from the list above, this class of students will also have a shopping list of essentials to make their dorms feel like home.
- Shower caddies
- Bath and Beauty essentials
- Small space furniture
- Sheets and bedding
- Small kitchen appliances
When considering what’s needed in a dormitory, many college students and parents will have a checklist to help make their space feel like home. When sourcing for these college must-haves, many consumers consider major retailers like Target and Walmart based on their back-to-school deals and promotions. However, if you’re looking to score great deals on inventory in mass quantities, you should consider a BULQ bath & bedding, Furniture & Decor, or Bath & Beauty. This will help source a lot of quality inventory at once, which is critical to maintaining a good ROI.
Apparel & Accessories
Walking down the halls in the trendiest fall fashions this school year is top of mind for students and parents alike. Although we’ve spent the last year in loungewear, comfort is key when looking for back-to-school outfits. With the help of Seventeen, the following fashion trends are sure to be a back-to-school hit this season.
- Statement sweaters
- Retro pants
- Graphic tees
- Oversize sweatshirts
- Comfortable jeans
When sourcing and listing clothing for back-to-school, consider comfort, ease, and convenience. Researching what your buyers want will help make sure your inventory is flying out the door.
Now that you know what’s trending this upcoming back-to-school season, you can get your shop in tip-top shape. Always remember to stay up to date with what your buyers need, and adjust your store accordingly!