Back-to-school shopping calls for warm sweaters and new reads

Sisters Grace and Brianna Fan of Richmond Hill pause from back-to-school shopping at Square One to show off their goodies. (Photo: Emma Schatochin/QEW South Post)
Sisters Grace and Brianna Fan of Richmond Hill pause from back-to-school shopping at Square One to show off their goodies. (Photo: Emma Schatochin/QEW South Post)

BY EMMA SCHATOCHIN
After flying in and out of change rooms, walking up and down crowded aisles, and searching for sales at Square One, Brianna Fan and her younger sister Grace are ready for school.

“We got clothes and a lot of books,” said Brianna Fan, 14.
She’s preparing to enter Grade 10 at Bayview Secondary School in Richmond Hill.
“I went to Bluenotes and got two shirts — actually, sweaters,” she adds, agreeing that her selection was based on preparing for the chilly autumn season.
Enough about clothing though.
Brianna has a passion for reading, so it only made sense that indulging in Indigo’s three-for-$10 sale was a must.
“I like to stick to the classics,” she says.
“I got some Charles Dickens and Jane Austen.”
When asked if she had ever read Emma by Jane Austen, she admits that she has not.
Perhaps it’ll be next on her list as her mother, Wendy Liu, chimes in, “that’s a great book.”
Fan isn’t the only girl to indulge in some new paperbacks and hardcovers.

BOOKS VERSUS LOOKS

Nasreen Sra, 19, was doing some solo shopping across the street at Chapters to prepare herself for heading back to the University of Toronto.
“It’s my second year so I’m used to the university life,” said Sra.
“I read a lot over the summer, so I figured why not a couple more books?”
While enjoying her coffee outside, Sra went over her new purchase.
“I am finally going to read Mockingjay because my friend will not stop telling me how good it was,” she said.
Her Chapters bag was filled with crafty wooden pencils and a couple of decorative notebooks.
“I don’t like plain [notebooks], they have to have some designs or patterns,” said Sra.
She didn’t have Mockingjay Part Two in her bag.
“I will only read that one if I like the first one so I did not buy it yet,” she said.
For Sunita Brar, 17, and her brother Devendra, 15, it was more about looks than books.
The Mississauga teens had multiple bags full of clothes and shoes.
“The boots I got from Aldo are my favourite so far,” said Sunita Brar.
“They match anything and I’m going to wear them all the time.”
For Devendra, he was more excited about his new hat, which sports a Toronto Raptors logo.
“I already have three but I wanted another one,” he said.
More than 152,000 Peel public school students and 82,000 Catholic students are awaiting the first day of school on Tuesday.
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