I dropped by my favorite dollar store last week for some odds and ends. and there it was, right at the front door-- full aisles of notebooks, pencils, pens and assorted other doodads.
I do recall back to school time starting a bit later when I was a kid, at least mid August, but you know how things are these days. Everything is on an accelerated time line. I'm sure there is even more pressure on retailers this year because there was no back to school time last year.
Even though my back to school days are long gone, looking at all that stuff can still produce happiness and anxiety at the same time.