Crone said she typically buys supplies for the classroom, since most of her students do not bring them.

"A lot of kids just don't bring anything, so I usually have something that they can use, and [I] usually don't get it back," Crone said.

Crone said she spends a couple hours on shopping each year and tries to stay under $100.

"It's gotten more expensive and my pay has gone down," she said, adding she planned to hit the Abingdon Target later in the day as well.


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"I have actually been on vacation, so I am behind," Crone said with a laugh.

Joslyn Hatcher, 8, was shopping with her father, Ron Hatcher, of Fallston, and said she was eager to pick out her supplies.

"I like getting new backpacks and new designs," Joslyn said eagerly, adding that she was a bit uncertain about going back to school.

"I get nervous and excited about the same, fifty-fifty," she said.

Ron Hatcher said one thing he dislikes is having two supply lists with different items on them. He said the store also ran out of some items.

His advice for back-to-school shoppers?

"Get it done early and always get extra."

It was much the same Saturday afternoon in downtown Havre de Grace, where Jenna Carter was walking down Washington Street with a bag full of books from Washington Street Books.

Visiting from Elkton, Carter said she was picking up a few things before classes start back up at Harford Community College on Sept. 4.

"It's easier to read all the material for classes when you have a couple of books to read just for fun," Carter, 19, said. Among her pile of new reads were the new Christopher Moore novel "Sacre Bleu" and a collection of Shakespeare comedies.

Starting her second year at HCC as an English major, Carter said she doesn't have to buy many school supplies other than pens, notebooks and, of course, textbooks.

"All the money my mom used to spend on fun things for school, like colorful folders or magic markers, now goes to textbooks," she joked. "And now I pay for most of them anyway."

In the parking lot of the Aberdeen Target, Richard Harris and his 8-year-old daughter, Noelle, were walking back to the car after a successful shopping trip Saturday.

"I love kittens," Noelle said, holding up a binder showcasing her favorite animal.

Harris, who lives in Aberdeen, commented that most of the school supplies he bought for his daughter — pencils, erasers and stickers — have cats on them.

The father didn't know it was tax-free week in Maryland until he entered the store and saw all the advertisements.

"I was going to wait to get some clothes for her, but I decided to do it today since you don't have to pay the 6 percent sales tax on clothes and shoes," Harris said. "It definitely helps when you have kids that grow like weeds."