August 27, 2013

Stores busy with school shopping

PLATTSBURGH — It’s that time of year again.

Among the back-to-school shoppers at Champlain Centre mall over the weekend were Shelley Davis of Keeseville and her granddaughters, Alyssa and Kathryn LaFountain.

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“We did a lot of clothes shopping and got sneakers and dress shoes for school — things that might be important,” Kathryn, 9, said.

“Also, gym shoes and stuff like that,” added Alyssa, who’s 10.


Kathryn is going into fourth grade and Alyssa into fifth.

What’s big with kids in their age group when it comes to back-to-school duds? 

“Kids like stuff that’s not fancy, but bright and vibrant, Alyssa said. “No dull colors!”

Kathryn agreed. 

“We got new stuff that’s colorful!”

Pictures are also a big plus, Kathryn added. 

“I like pictures on everything,” she said. 

From folders to clothing, her back-to-school items are adorned with images. 

“That’s what makes me feel really happy — pictures of puppies and animals,” Kathryn said. 

“I love animals.”


Bridget Wilson of Saranac, who was shopping with her 14-year-old daughter, Britney Simard, noted another apparent requirement of back-to-school shopping in 2013.

“We need headphones. These kids can’t go to school without something that makes noise,” she said wryly. 

Electronic devices would be a key item on their shopping list.

Betsy Corris of Saranac Lake was shopping at Kmart with her grandson Cade, who is going into fourth grade, and her daughter Deserah Latham and her daughter, Lilly, who is starting kindergarten.

“We were looking for school uniforms,” said Cade.

He attends a private school about an hour away from his home. Uniforms — slacks and a golf shirt — are a requirement.

“The uniform is a little itchy, but it looks pretty good,” he said.

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