Shoppers hit stores to grab school supplies before the start of classes

Updated: 09/01/2014 6:19 PM
Created: 09/01/2014 5:18 PM WHEC.com

It's going to be an early Tuesday morning for some children and their parents as classes start up again in several districts. Some spent this Labor Day holiday picking up some last minute items to get ready to head back to school.

There was a steady flow of last-minute shoppers in Penfield this afternoon -- some looking for the generic items like pens and pencils -- but others looking for the perfect way to express themselves in the hallways this year. Finding the right backpack can be tough.

"The first one I looked at was this peace sign one," says third grader Danielle Miller.

When she found the right one, she just knew.

"The perfect backpack is this one because I just love dogs and it was the one that found me and I found it."

For others, it's not the best way to spend a holiday.

Sophomore Riley Laese says, "It's just dreadful; dreadful school shopping."

"You just got to stand there and hope they have what you want and if they don't, you've got to go to a different store and then a different store."

Her mother Suzanne Laese says, "We've taken three runs so far. He's fussy, very fussy."

It's no secret this time can get expensive. Suzanne says she spends on average more than one hundred dollars per kid. For her and other moms the decision on which notebook to buy is important.

"Silly little things, like how we stretch our dollars to last from the beginning of the year to the end of the year with quality products."

Now that her school shopping is complete, Danielle is looking forward to going back.

"Math, art, friends, all that fun stuff."

Typically, the back-to-school sections are only around for about a week and a half after school starts and then those Halloween items take over.

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