By Suzanne Monaghan

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Students at Philadelphia public schools return to class Monday and many parents and kids were out shopping Sunday for some last-minute items.

The Target in South Philadelphia had a steady stream of customers looking to cross the remaining items off their school shopping lists.

Corey is a mother of two elementary school children:

“This is our fourth trip for back to school shopping,” she said. “There’s a lot of things that don’t fit and that do fit and they keep changing on us. And they see another child who is dressed differently and they have to dress like that to. So you have a few issues. It starts early.”

But she doesn’t buy her school supplies early:

“If you wait two weeks before school starts, Staples and Target do go on sale. And Walmart and then you can get it for like a penny or 20-cents a piece and then I stock up.”

Lacey was stocking up on the basics for her junior year:

“I’m looking for binders and notebooks.”

But parents and students aren’t the only ones hitting the stores before hitting the books. Tim is a second grade teacher in Philadelphia:

“Today I’m going in to get a nice clock for my room,” he said. “Nice and big with hands that they can see and utilize when we are transitioning from one thing to the next and be aware of what time it is.”

Just in time for school to start.

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