Friday, August 19, 2011

The Happiest Day of the Year

By Heather Webber / Heather Blake

Okay, it might not be the happiest, but it’s close.

It’s the day I go school supply shopping with my kids.

I love myself some school supplies. Mostly because I love office stores. They’re a little slice of heaven to me. All those pens. The paper. The notebooks! The folders! Never mind all the cute paper clips and thumbtacks.

Every year I try to resist buying things for myself when I take the kids shopping, but every year I can’t resist the lure.

This year I bought turquoise and purple sharpies, lots of folders, and some post-it flags. Not too bad, right?

How about you? Can you resist the lure of an office supply store?

16 comments:

BusyMom said...

I do enjoy shopping for these supplies. School shopping also means I will have the house to myself again,,, for several months :)

Sue said...

well said BusyMom :) School shopping is my favorite time of year because I can enjoy the peace and quiet and once it's clean, it stays clean for a while.

Dru said...

I try to avoid office supply store for as long as I can because I know when I do have to go there for a certain item, I'm walking out with other things that I just "had" to have.

Sarita said...

I love the office supplly store. I'm usually a sucker for notebooks and post-it notes.

Have fun!

Books by Heather said...

BusyMom, I have a love/hate relationship with this time of year. I love having the kids home, but I really get NOTHING done. Now I only have one little birdie left in my nest, though, so I'm trying to enjoy every minute. Did I mention how I get NOTHING done?

Sue, a clean house is wonderful! I need to get on that. ;)

Dru, LOL! I know the feeling. I also have that same problem at Target. Sigh.

Sarita, notebooks have come so far, too. So many cute designs. And since I use a notebook for every new book project, it's easy to go on a buying spree!

Kristin said...

Oh, yes, I find more things to get there than I'll ever use. Love the colours, things to organize, just fun.
When I was in grade school back in the 50's there was a special stationary store that carried our textbooks and supplies. I can still remember the thrill of going there and then carrying my bulging sack home with all my new things.

StitchenTigger said...

Purple Sharpies -- good grief, now I HAVE to go to the office supply store. And I had been so good. Wonder how much stuff I'll walk out with in addition to those Sharpies? LOL

LORNA BARRETT (aka Lorraine Bartlett) said...

Thanks a lot, Heather. I've been avoiding Staples, now I feel compelled to get there ASAP!!! And like you, when I'm editing, I HAVE to have those little Post-it flags.

I've also been avoiding Michaels and their $1 bins. I'm a sucker for note cards and those pretty $1 spiral notebooks.

Riva said...

I've been out of school for more years than I care to remember, and I STILL think of September as the start of a new year. I find myself lurking in the school supply aisles of any store I go into. Of course, what do you expect from someone who finds the Levenger catalog required reading??!

Barbara said...

Riva just had to mention Levenger's, didn't she? The only thing more enticing to me than the office supply store (or Levenger's catalog) is a book store.

LD Masterson said...

Office supply stores are a close second behind bookstores for impulse buying for me. Luckily I don't have to take anyone school shopping anymore so I can avoid tempation.

Aurian said...

Lol, I also love browing such stuff, but my office pays for everything I need. The only thing I sometimes buy for myself are post it notes.

Liz V. said...

Lucy, in Rosamunde Pilcher's Winter Soltice, shares you enthusiasm for small stationery items, as well as the clean page of her diary. I thought it reflected an author's soul perfectly.

Katie said...

have you seen the mini sharpies and mini highlighters? I'm addicted :)

Laineshots said...

I buy my 9-year-old grandson's school supplies every year. When my daughter tried to tell me she was grateful, I looked at her incredulously. Is she kidding? I LOVE buying those things! The selection is getting better and better. This year's offerings are positively intoxicating!

Now I have to make another trip, just for me. Thanks, Heather.

Vickie said...

I am equi-distant (sp?) from Staples, Office Max and Office Depot. My weakness is pens, all kinds of pens. I thought I found true love with Tul brand pens. Smooth and non-smearing ink...bliss, but I think they changed the formula and they aren't as nifty.
Sharpie has a nice ink pen as does Pilot and Uni-Ball.....search is back on....maybe I need to get back to Tombow...

I love me some pens....