CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – With the first day of school approaching, students and parents are shopping for last-minute supplies, clothes and electronics.
“Right now I'm getting school supplies, and after I leave here, I'll be heading up to the mall to go buy school clothes,” D’wan Wheeler said as he walked through the aisles at Wal-Mart on Saturday.
Wheeler, a rising senior at Huntington High, came to shop Saturday with his mother. They did not have a specific list of supplies, but Wheeler said he was picking up the things he thought he might need for the upcoming year. He didn’t think he would spend more than $20 or $30 on his supplies.
“Spiral notebooks, binders, mechanical pencils,” Wheeler said. “Usually when I get up there [to school], I don't have a problem with them telling me I'll need anything extra. Usually when I get up there, I have everything that I need.”
Grabbing a notebook off the shelf, Wheeler added, “Just in case, because I might need them just for my extra classes.”
But not every shopper planned to keep the spending to a bare minimum. Melissa Adkins said she wasn’t sure what her daughter needed for pre-school.
“I'm just kind of guessing,” Adkins said with a laugh. “It's kind of like my first time. I have a 20-year-old, but it's been awhile.”
Adkins said she planned to buy shoes, jeans, socks and a coat for her daughter. She didn’t know what she would end up spending, but she said she used to spend $200 to $400 when she shopped for her 20-year-old.
Treasa Bellomy, assistant manager at Wal-Mart, noted that some customers come in at the last minute for supplies.
“I'd say more toward the 8th, as school starts, it'll get busier,” Bellomy said. “Some seem to put off until they know exactly what they need.”
Bellomy said she has seen a lot of people buying school supplies and accessories for college dorm rooms, as well as electronics.
“We're selling a lot of like flash drives. They're putting them in and they're getting the memory and that way they can save their list to come back and get what they need,” Bellomy said. “Selling computers of course, laptops, printers, a lot of ink. They're getting ready for the reports.”
She added that some people spend more than others on back-to-school shopping and that her college-aged daughter spends quite a bit because she does not like to use old items and wants everything to be new.
Kaylee Perry, who will be a seventh-grader at Huntington East Middle School, came to Wal-Mart with her mother, who is a kindergarten teacher, just to pick up last-minute items.
“We’re buying stuff for back-to-school and I'm having a sleepover today,” Perry said. “We're just buying, you know, crayons and stuff.”
Perry said she was most excited to meet new classmates, since the middle schools are consolidating this year. For now, she said they are ready for the school year.
“We already got all my back-to-school clothes and we got some food and stuff,” Perry said.
For most students in the Tri-State area, classes start this coming week.