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Back-to-School Shopping in Full Swing


REGION (WGGB) — It’s almost the end of summer and back-to-school shopping is in full swing.

Many people spent their Friday afternoon finishing up their back-to-school shopping.

“Trying to find some good deals…and get them ready for next week,” said Amy Johnson from West Springfield.

The average household is expected to spend almost $700 on back-to-school gear this year.

“We got some school supplies, pens, notebooks. We also got some frozen things in here..t-shirts and Kleenex, shampoo,” said Angela Orlich from West Springfield.

More than half of shoppers use the month of August to do their school shopping.

“Well, I got some new shoes and um, some new clothes for back to school,” said 10-year-old Emma Archambault from Southampton.

It’s the second busiest retail season after the Winter holidays.  For many shoppers, it’s the perfect time to start fresh with a new look.

“My dad also just bought me a suit…an all-white suit. I figure, I’m gonna wear it to school and be the man,” said Lee Murray from Boston.

Parents aren’t the only ones feeling the stress.

“My sister is a special education teacher back in Indiana and she spent the last two weeks getting her room together, buying supplies and just cleaning everything out, said Emily Diekelmann of West Springfield. “It’s crazy because they actually have to go in and do all that stuff themselves.”

Many school districts will begin opening their doors to students on Monday.

“I love school!” said six-year-old Chloe Christodlous.

That’s the answer many teachers like to hear.


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