Back to School Shoppers Hit Northland Stores

By KBJR News 1

August 21, 2013 Updated Aug 21, 2013 at 10:48 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- It's that time of year already..

"We are back to school shopping..aha," said parent Jill Gebeck.

Target has been ready for back to school since the beginning of July.

"Right after all of the 4th of July stuff went, we started getting ready for back to school right away," said Hailey Eibler, Target Supervisor.

Kids will be hitting the classrooms again in just a few weeks, but the rush is just starting.

"We had some that were like oh we're not ready for summer to be over just yet, but a lot of people are ready to shop. We got our school supply lists early and just trying to make sure we had everything ready for the rush," said Eibler.

Target Supervisor Hailey Eibler says notebooks, crayons and locker decorations are flying off the shelves. According to the National Retail Federation, the average family will spend 634 dollars on back to school shopping this year.

"It's kind of a lot of money to spend at once," said Gebeck.

School supply prices have remained consistent, and with the help of Target's UP & UP brand, store spokespeople say they're even more affordable. But for parent Jill Gebeck, who is shopping for three kids this year, it suddenly became a lot more expensive.

"Get the things that are on sale, and save a few things from last year that we have left over too," said Gebeck.

Despite the dent in the pocket book, Gebeck says the best part for her is..

"that the kids are actually going back to school.."

Classes begin September 5 in Duluth and September 3 in Superior.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati