Back to School Preps

Tammy Smith had a little extra incentive to take her son Zane back to school shopping this year. Even though school doesn't start for another 2 weeks.

"I'm a teacher and I start back to school Monday so I needed to get this done before I go back to work a week before they do," she said.

Not all East Texans get their back to school shopping done early like Smith. Many East Texas retailers tell us they're prepared for the last minute rush.

"We have everything out on the floor. Everything that is back to school oriented we'll have it on the floor. And ready for the guests," said Lufkin Target Supervisor Angela Sowders.

They'll have very thing from crayons and number two pencils to folders and backpacks. Lufkin ISD Primary and Middle School students are required to wear uniforms this year. So many East Texas retailers have added those as part of their back to school displays.

"We do have uniforms that would drive the guests in so they can get uniforms for their schools. Depending on what area they're in," Sowders said.

Some parents don't get their children's supply list until the week before school. Experts say if you don't want to risk the last minute rush, you can also do your shopping online.