Updated: 09/01/2014 5:45 PM
Created: 09/01/2014 4:26 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
Labor Day marks the end of summer for students across the Northland, and that means last-minute shopping for many families.
"Holiday or not, we're going to see them," Payless Manager Dave Erdmann said. "The whole shoes, the outfits, everything, it just gives the kids a little bit of optimism about going back to school."
A fresh look to soften the blow.
"I'm not really excited for homework, but excited to see my friends," student Samantha Gruwell said.
The mall was packed on Labor Day hours before the new school year. We talked with Olivia Myer who starts her first day of kindergarten on Tuesday.
"I'm excited to play with the dollhouse," Myer said. "There's a dollhouse in my school."
"It's been really busy," Maurices Assistant Manager Mayim Sherman said. "We're always on our toes."
Sherman said jeans are a popular back-to-school item. She hoped the gloomy forecast Monday would bring in more business.
"Due to weather, we're hoping people will want to come in and shop," Sherman said.
The cooler weather is another sure sign of summer coming to a close, and new clothes can make the transition a little easier.
"It feels better than wearing stuff that doesn't fit you anymore," student Hanna Pantlin said.
If you thought summer went fast, there's only 86 days until Thanksgiving and 114 days until Christmas.
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