It’s June! That means graduation, end of the school year, and the start of summer vacation. It also means the start of the school supplies buying season. Many parents and teachers are beginning to prepare for the next school year…yes, already. This is the perfect time for sellers to start doing the same.
Is it too early? Not at all. There are many school systems throughout the country that will begin the new school year as early as July 9th. What will the students need? Take a look at the websites of your local schools. That will give you an idea of where to start. Many teachers will post the supply list of the class online. Some items that will be needed are:
- Notebooks (consider selling in bundles)
- Lunch boxes or bags
- Backpack or book bags (Looks for unusual prints and patterns)
- Matching Backpack and Lunch box Set
- Calculators (Used ones in great condition will do well)
- Tupperware-like containers
- Hand sanitizers
- Tennis balls (Many schools use them on the legs of chairs to protect the floors)
- Lysol wipes
- Pet supplies and toys (We can’t forget about the class pet!)
- Pencils and pens
- Box tops
For smaller items like pencils and pencil cases, consider selling them in bundles. And let’s not forget that August is the beginning of college life for many students. Look for items that a student will need as he or she moves into a dorm for the first time. Items like bedding, extra long twin sheets, pouches that allow you to carry an ID card and other cards on a key chain or lanyard, laptop cases, items with college or mascot images, MP3 players, and textbooks will be needed.
August is also the beginning of tailgating season for college football fans everywhere. Look for items that can help the college football fan show which team they love. Car flags, grill covers, apparel, and tailgating supplies are items to consider. Watch stores like as Staples, Office Depot, and Best Buy for deals as they get ready for the back to school season.
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