The National Retail Federation’s most recent survey revealed that the amount spent on accessories and apparel is estimated to jump more than 30 percent from 2011’s over $8 billion, to more than $10 billion this year.
This is fantastic news for some of teenage apparel retailers, whose stocks are on the rise. The back-to-school sales are immensely important for these retailers. In fact, this season is many times regarded as an indicator for the upcoming holiday season. Here are some suggestions from the most experienced mom in reality TV, Kate Gosselin.
Kate’s Suggestions for Saving on School Supplies:
1. Check advertisements
See where the best deals can be found on the basic supplies, such as folders, pencils and notebooks. The prices continue dropping over the summer.
2. Look for quality and value
When buying new products that are intended to last for a couple years, quality is just as important as value. Otherwise, it may only last for six months. Avoiding trendy themes such as a princess or video game characters is probably best. What is cool this year may be lame the next.
3. Get the Deals
Always take advantage of any 2-for-1 or 50 percent off sales. Especially on items used year-round. Sometimes, special deals can be found online. For those concerned with identity theft possibilities, consider visiting Lifelock.org and signing up with one of their protection packages to safeguard your home computer.
The EBITDA Margin for American Eagle Stores
As the most recent survey suggests, teen retailers should expect to see a rise in the total spending on accessories and apparel. The survey also indicates that there will be a rise in each buyer’s average spending. This could mean higher sales of merchandise at full-price and improved margins for apparel retailers. Each buyer’s average spending is anticipated to rise by 12 percent, from approximately $220 in 2011, to $246 in 2012.
Good-Bye to Summer Means Hello to School
It seems as if the leisurely months of summer fly by so quickly and the frozen winter months drag on forever. In the next few weeks, many schools will be reopening and the new school year will begin.
What does this mean?
Going through all the kids’ clothes from the previous year, hoping that; maybe if it doesn’t fit Janie, it will fit Jill. Once that is all done, and everyone knows where they stand, it is time to start shopping for back-to-school apparel. And don’t forget about the required accessories, notebooks, backpacks, pencils and paper.
Is There a Better Way to Shop for Back-to-School Items?
Celebrities like Kate Gosselin may have a few tips up their sleeves when it comes to back to school shopping. In her blog, she shares some of her tips. She has an advantage when she shops for school clothes. All of her children have a school uniform. This completely eliminates the morning complaints of wearing a boring sweater or shirt that is not the latest trend.
She, just like the majority of parents, takes note of what each child needs. This does take her some time and effort in conjunction with organization and concentration. Each of her children needs various polo shirts, shorts, khaki pants, etc. She uses the apparel that no longer fits the older sisters for the younger three. According to Kate Gosselin, buy ahead, buy on sale and buy smart. This can lessen the panic when the summer days are coming to an end.
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