In years past, it has usually been at least a few days past Independence Day before I would get my first glimpse of anything resembling a back-to-school display. But I went by Staples earlier this afternoon, and when I walked through the door, I was greeted by quite the surprise. They were already setting up the display for the back-to-school backpacks.
My first thought was, Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish, what the hell is going on here? This was at least three weeks earlier than I would have anticipated seeing this in my wildest dreams.
The display wasn't fully in place yet. Based on what I remember from previous years, I would estimate that it contained somewhere between one third and one half of what it will hold when fully stocked. But still, the summer solstice hasn't even happened yet. It's usually not until somewhere around Independence Day that I see anything resembling a back-to-school display anywhere.
I didn't really notice anything else resembling a setup for back-to-school while I was there. Then again, nothing else is quite as noticeable as the backpack display; at least not in a store like Staples.
Granted, I will be glad to see the start of Candy Season once again, and I am hoping that when we see the Halloween merchandise appearing on the shelves, there will be some new candy products to review. But this is way too early to start the countdown to Candy Season.