Osalie McPherson owner of Nextra Valley News is getting items ready for 'Back to School' sales.
Osalie McPherson owner of Nextra Valley News is getting items ready for 'Back to School' sales. Tom Huntley

Drop in list now and beat the rush for back-to-school books

DROP your list in with a date set to pick up the goods.

Preparing your children's back-to-school stationery is that simple, Nextra Valley News owner Rosalie McPherson said.

One of the most important things to remember, Ms McPherson said, was to be organised and not leave preparation until the last minute.

"All you need to do is go through what the kids have left over from last year and cross out what they already have at home," she said.

"Drop it in early with a date to pick it up, rather than having (to) race the kids around at the last minute."

Ms McPherson said Nextra Valley News had copies of all the school's stationery lists, to make life easier for parents in the back-to-school rush.

The most essential items are pencils, crayons, exercise books, text books, glue, scissors and paint brushes.

"There are lots of covers you can buy now if you don't have time to contact," she said.

"Or you may have some from last year that still look pretty good."

Office National general manager Rachel Townsend said it was important parents got their booklist in early.

"There are only certain items we sell at this time of year," she said.

"We encourage people to put their booklists in early. That way they are complete and it saves all that going from shop to shop finding stuff."

Ms Townsend said they often had people coming back in after school went back looking for stuff.

"If it's on the booklist, obviously they've requested it for a reason," she said.

"The average book pack shouldn't cost parents more than a $100. "It just depends on textbooks and dictionaries - they are the expensive items on the list."