Feedback: Back-To-School Shopping Already?


Back to school season is a stressful time for Sarah Franklin of Canton.

She has three kids and a vacation coming up.

"We're going on vacation for a lot of the rest of the summer, but I don't want to come back and have nothing available," she said.

That's why Franklin is back-to-school shopping now.

She has yet to get supply lists for her kids, so she's just buying the basics.

"I usually try to do it with them, but we haven't gotten the list yet and they're actually not with me today. I was passing through, thought I would at least get a heads up on, I know some of the essentials that they always need," she said.

Franklin isn't alone.

Workers at stores in Watertown say they've seen an earlier demand for school supplies than usual.

"It seems like it's earlier and earlier. It really started off the beginning of July," said Kmart Assistant Manager Tom Writtenhouse.

"So we feel like the guest is getting in the store even sooner than in years past," said Beth Grimshaw, Target team leader.

"A National Retail Federation study shows that 24 percent of parents are buying back to school items at least two months in advance of the start of class.

But it's not all American shoppers.

Watertown's Target store is seeing Canadian back-to-school shoppers as well.

"the Canadian school districts, they split in two, so there's a school that's going to be going back to school earlier than the American schools," said Grimshaw.

This year, the average family will spend around $670 on back to school.

That includes clothing, electronics, and of course, school supplies.

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Friday, December 9, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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