From pens, to pencils, to notebooks, the shelves are stocked and the aisles are full. Full with shoppers piling up their cart; gearing up for the school season.
"Usually this week, its like prime time," says Brien Mitchell, General Manager of Staples. Prime time can come with a hefty price tag.
"Everything is costly. But when you're trying to get school supplies, materials. Wow," says Calvin Cannon.
Wow is right. Cannon is shopping for his 12-year-old daughter for the past three days, and he still has a lot more to do.
"I have to turn around and buy the notebook paper that she has to have. I have to get these binders that she has to have. I have pens and pencils and I have refillers. I got more highlighters that she has to have and that's only some of the things on the list," says Cannon.
Cannon is not alone. According to the N ational R etail F ederation, more and more families are handing over more cash when it comes to school supplies. Shoppers could be shelling out an average of a hundred dollars.
W ith each teacher asking for specific items on the list, its driving up the price.
" I'm looking at a binder that is 15 dollars for a three inch binder, which is crazy. And, it's like, 'hey, I have to get four of these? So four times 15 is like 60 dollars. And, I spent 70 dollars last night alone," say Cannon.
I f you add clothes and electronics, it will cost you even more.
Ringing in the school season, one item at a time.