Families scoop up back-to-school supplies

According to a National Retail Federation survey, the average American family with school age children will spend about $630 on supplies, electronics and apparel this year.

According to a National Retail Federation survey, the average American family with school age children will spend about $630 on supplies, electronics and apparel this year. (8/22/15)

WILLISTON PARK - Parents getting ready to send their children back to school are ticking off the items on their supply lists at no small cost.

According to a National Retail Federation survey, the average American family with school-age children will spend about $630 on supplies, electronics and apparel this year. That cost is up 42 percent in the last 10 years.

Some parents head to big retailers for their items, but at John's Variety store in Williston Park, shoppers are rewarded for buying from the small business.

Owner John Robinson has worked out a deal with some of the local school districts that allows him to receive the specific supply lists for each class months ahead of time. He orders the supplies in bulk to save money, and when parents place their orders later in the summer, he has everything they need at the ready. He says the parents get a 10 percent discount for buying their supplies at the store, and 4 percent of the sale gets donated to their child's school.

Robinson says back-to-school time might as well be a holiday. "This is our Christmas here," he says. The children who are using his supplies, however, just might not share that sentiment.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Police say Jay Marcello inappropriately touched teenagers while 1 Wantagh man charged with sexually abusing kids at day camp
It was the first time Marie Tolley spoke 2 Foundation offers to pay fallen firefighter's mortgage
The Long Island Rail Road is considering filing 3 LIRR mulls suing Amtrak over Penn Station derailments
Khalid Chohan was arrested two years ago after 4 Man who touched underage co-workers gets probation
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is behind a 5 Gov. Cuomo pushes for booze sales in movie theaters

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE