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School resupply shopping hopping

Ashley Lavigne, 14, of Mechanicville, left, and Paige Phelan, 14, of Halfmoon, do some back-to-school shopping Thursday at ApricotLane in Clifton Commons.
Ashley Lavigne, 14, of Mechanicville, left, and Paige Phelan, 14, of Halfmoon, do some back-to-school shopping Thursday at ApricotLane in Clifton Commons.
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Second only to the holiday season, the back-to-school shopping frenzy is upon us. And shoppers have tempered their usual end-of-summer nostalgia to replenish school supplies, fill out wardrobes and pick out new kicks earlier. Families and teenagers arrived at stores earlier this year. And even with the economy still on everyone’s mind, the National Retail Federation expects school and college shoppers to spend nearly $84 billion this year. The average family with school-age children is ...

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