Back to school spending on the rise

By Kerry Longobucco

August 31, 2014 Updated Aug 31, 2014 at 6:05 PM EST

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Back to school shopping means out with the old, and in with the new.

According to the National Retail Federation, families plan on spending between $200 and $250 this year just on clothing to send their kids back to school.

That's more than categories like electronics, shoes and school supplies.

An option for some financial relief is to take your old belongings to stores that purchase clothing and sell it at a discounted price.

John Archie, co-owner of a new Vestal consignment store called Once Upon a Child, said he's seen a lot of used clothing come through the store's doors for the start of the new school year.

"It's back to school right now, so parents, as they're buying new clothes for their kids, they have no place to get rid of the old stuff," said Archie. "So I think that's one of the reasons why we have so much here in such a short time, it's the timing of the year."

The National Retail Federation reported families are planning on spending about $660 total this year to send their kids back to school. That's $20 more than they planned for last year.

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