Stock­ing up on the ba­sics

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - ALI­CIA NALLY

THE Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions are barely back in the box but par­ents are head­ing to the city’s sta­tionery stores in droves.

Harley’s Ed­u­ca­tional man­ager Kristy Val­lely said cus­tomers started shop­ping for school sup­plies on Jan­uary 2 but this week things were “kind of crazy”.

“We’re get­ting a lot of on­line orders and we do a lot of bulk orders to schools,” she said. “It is quite hec­tic and it is def­i­nitely ramp­ing up now. There are hun­dreds of bags on the shelves for peo­ple to pick up.”

Mrs Val­lely said de­mand for pri­mary school-aged work­books ap­peared to be drop­ping off, per­haps due to iPad use.

Mum of two, Nathasja Hazel­hoff, was fin­ish­ing off her “stress­ful” school sup­ply shop­ping at Of­fice­works yes­ter­day.

Her chil­dren Seth and Emma at­tend St Fran­cis Xavier’s School.

“It is just the last of the text books we’ve got to get. Dur­ing the year when sales are on I buy things like glue sticks and erasers so when they run out dur­ing the year we al­ready have sup­plies,” she said.

Pic­ture: PETER CAR­RUTHERS

ALL SET: Seth (9) and Emma Maisey (7) get ready for the new school term by stock­ing up on books and writ­ing ma­te­ri­als at Of­fice­works in Cairns yes­ter­day.

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