When you see the back to school displays in the stores, you know that summer is half way over. Or you realize that retailers are an overzealous lot. Stores are filled with big yellow displays full of pencils, pens, pads, protractors, small refrigerators and computers. Almost anything in a store can be considered a back-to-school supply, especially when you take college kids into account.
I love this time of the year! It’s so exciting and even if your student isn’t too thrilled with the thought of inking Shakespearean quotes into their composition notebooks, or pondering the Pythagorean Theorem in their Trapper Keepers, they still want you to buy them all the cool stuff for school.
When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait for school supply shopping. Back then, there weren’t a lot of displays to poke through, or eye-catching bins right as you walk in the door to trip over, but I still loved walking down the office supply aisle at Zayre (that’s an old name for you) or Kmart, being so careful to pick out the coolest pen (Papermate, blue) or pencil (Huskies), college-ruled paper, and the biggest, fanciest Trapper Keeper that was made. Even then, I had an obsession with keeping things organized.
Now, when I walk into a store with my 15 year old, I am absolutely astounded at what is available for kids to take to school. And frankly, I am smitten with the fact that schools send around to the retailers what they require for the kids to have on the first day. That’s such a brilliant idea. Granted, I usually have to take out a small loan on the house every July just to outfit him for school, between clothes, shoes, accessories and of course supplies, but I’m just as excited about it as he is!
Locker mirrors and organizers, book jackets in bright colors and patterns (I used brown paper bags from the grocery store…not fair), backpacks with shoulder pads…the list just goes on. I think this time however, I’m going to pick up some cool supplies for myself as well! Happy shopping!
May 12th is Mother’s Day, and I hope that you already have the perfect gift in mind for your mom! If not, I’m here to help. I have a few ideas, especially if your mom is a classy, stylish CEO or VP. Or really, any mom that has an office…
Special thanks to:
So I’m going to go a little off our own little patch of happy office supplies, and move on to the exciting and infinitely shoppable Etsy. I adore Etsy – its fun, funky, quirky, vintage and there is something for everyone, whether you’re hippy-dippy or geektacular. There hasn’t been one time that I’ve gone to Etsy and NOT found something to buy.
Today I went looking for vintage office supplies in addition to artwork for my son’s room. I also found some interesting old office paperwork that would go quite nicely with the work scrapbook I keep thinking about starting…big procrastinator that I am. Don’t look for that anytime soon.
Special Thanks and Photo Credits go to:
BlueGrizzlePapers – http://www.etsy.com/shop/BlueGrizzlePapers?ref=seller_info
AllVintageMan – http://www.etsy.com/shop/AllVintageMan?ref=seller_info
DivineOrders – http://www.etsy.com/shop/DivineOrders?ref=seller_info
Theartfloozy – http://www.etsy.com/shop/theartfloozy?ref=seller_info
Posterexplosion – http://www.etsy.com/shop/posterexplosion?ref=seller_info
Today, ReStockIt turns 9, and in true ReStockIt fashion, we lived it up! We celebrated with a masquerade theme of “Dress to the Nines” and had food catered by Carraba’s. MMMMMmmmm, good! We had a fun and fabulous “Guess Who” game with baby pictures of the staff (I won!) and a great costume contest (I came in 2nd!). Food, fun, and fabulousness, that’s the ReStockIt way! Enjoy!
With 2013 arriving, resolutions are being made and appointments are being set. Doctor’s appointments are on the rise, since the first part of the year is when most people get their annuals, and summer vacations are being planned. Parties, conferences, trade shows…all things that you need to keep track of. How do you keep track of all the appointments and engagements? Besides your phone and Outlook calendar?
If you’re anything like me, it’s with a funky planner. Something with style and pizazz. Inherently me, but with a practical side. Also, I have so much going on in my life that I need my phone, my Outlook calendar, AND a planner. You just never know when you might forget to put that important meeting with the boss in one of them, so for me, triplicate is best.
Everyone has different styles of what works best for them, whether it’s blocked in a monthly format, a lined daily format, or a mixture of both. I like having a place to jot notes on the side of the page as opposed to an area in the back of the book. Some people like a planner that has a closure to it, others don’t want to fuss with a zipper or a snap. Regardless of your style, have fun with your planner, let it reflect your personality and style! That way, when you see that appointment for a root canal, at least it’s in a book with a cheery cover!