With the school year set to begin Monday morning, many parents spent the last day of summer vacation getting their kids all the supplies they'll need. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.
Last minute shoppers were out in full force Sunday at the Queens Center Mall.
"That's how I am, last minute shopper," one shopper said.
"Hectic, hectic, hectic, and we're working parents, so we're limited with our time. So we have to go get all the stuff done before school starts, before works starts. So this was the last weekend, the last rush," another shopper said.
To prepare for the expected crowds, workers at Justice clothing store were in at 5 a.m. getting set.
"It's packed, always people asking questions where things are. It's good," said Justice Clothing sales associate Jillian Picht.
Q: And it's been good for business?
"Yes, very good," Picht said.
Many parents say this is one of the most stressful times of the year.
On Sunday, the shopping lists were long, filled with the things that their kids needed for the start of another year.
"Sneakers, sweaters, coats, pants, shirts," one parent said.
"Bookbags. My wife's in the other store picking up other clothes and accessories for my other kids," another parent said.
And the expenses add up.
Parents say the prices were roughly similar to last year, but that they are still spending hundreds of dollars on supplies and clothes on average.
"Stressful, and money-wise it's crazy, but you gotta save up for that, you gotta be organized and make sure you have that money saved up for when this time comes around," said a parent.
"You have to look online. You know, every time you make a purchase, try and sign up for email, you know, give them your email address, so you can get some discount coupons later on," said another.
While it's clear the parents do the purchasing, many of the kids know exactly what they want.
"Shoes and shoes. Just shoes," said one child.
"I need a new bookbag. I need the shoes, I need the new pants and everything," said another.
"Fashion is upgrading quicker than it was before, so now everybody's like, 'I need to follow the new trend, I gotta do this,'" said a third.
It's hard to blame them. Who wouldn't want to look their best for the start of another school year?