WILKES-BARRE — It may be mid-July but some stores have already started their back-to-school sales.
During the dog days of summer, most people are shopping for party supplies like Haidyn Weber and her family from Hunlock Creek.
“She graduated high school so she has to have a grad party.”
The party is for her older sister but Haidyn was surprised to see back-to-school sales popping up in mid-July inside stores.
“We’re not just selling back-to-school shoes, we’re selling straight up confidence.”
And on TV commercials already appearing on WNEP.
“I think they should wait, honestly. Most of the kids don’t want to go back to school,” Faldowski said.
Some parents say they, too, were surprised to see the back-to-school sales but they don’t mind if it means they can save a few bucks.
“I love to shop. That’s my middle name so I love to shop, yeah,” said Debby Faldowski.
“School will be back in session and then they’ll be doing the Christmas shopping!”
The National Retail Federation says $74.9 billion is expected to be spent this summer on high school and college students returning to class. That group also says earlier back-to-school sales may catch on with nearly 29 percent of people expected to start back-to-school shopping this year, two months before the first day of school.
It looks like parents will be dropping some serious cash to prepare for this school year. A survey by the National Retail Federation found the average family will spend about $670 on things such as supplies, clothing, and electronics.