Friday, April 26, 2013

Supply me with supplies, please!

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

What is it about an office supply store that so many of us find appealing?  Yesterday I had to go buy yet more supplies.  Mind you, I've got about 4 packages of pens (10 each) that I haven't opened, five boxes of staples (can anyone use that many in a lifetime?), and scads of other stuff lying around my office because all my desk drawers ,and a whole closet, are full of ... office supplies!

What did I need yesterday?

Rubber bands and padded mailing envelopes.

Rubber bands?  Until about a year ago, I had never paid for a rubber band in my life.  They come on the newspaper 4-5 times a week (well, if it isn't snowing or raining), and you'd be surprised how fast they mount up, too.  But I needed rubber bands for small bundles of bookmarks.  The big horsey ones from the newspaper just don't cut it.  I got a wonderful bag of about a gazillion rubber bands for dirt cheap, all colors, shapes, and sizes.  How cool!

So I came home, happy, and then went to use my tape gun  to tape up a box and found--surprise!--I'd used the last five inches of tape. So where am I heading this afternoon?  Back to the office supply store.

What do you find yourself drawn to when you hit the office supply store?

12 comments:

Julie said...

I am an office supply junkie! Love to browse the aisles - paper clips in bright colors or fun shapes, sharpies, post-its, brand-new notebooks...I've got it bad LOL!

Dru said...

Binders, folders and pens.

Book Dragon said...

planners

I always look at planners even if I've got a current one. Also the 5x7-ish size notebooks.

Debra Fox said...

Notecards, pens, markers, mailing tape, small yellow pads, yellow legal pads since attending law school, I only want to write on yellow pads. It's a terrible prejudice, I know.
Since you are a writer, you probably know about the free, (with free shipping) mailing supplies from the Post Office? They have free padded mailing envelopes, boxes, etc.

Anonymous said...

I must admit, I have more pens than any human needs. I love them! I love purple and red ones the best. (Oh no! I'll soon become a red hat lady. Have a few years to go, though.)

Anonymous said...

I keep the final draft of my manuscripts in binder. They take up a LOT of room, but I can't bear to part with any of them.

Anonymous said...

LOL--I buy one every year ... and then forget to write anything in them. Go figure!

Anonymous said...

I can't leave Michaels without buying at least one package of notecards from their $1 bin. And I love yellow legal pads. Not a day goes by I don't use one ... or more. I haven't seen free padded mailing envelopes from the P.O. I do use the flat rate boxes and envelopes all the time. (Just used one today, in fact.)

StitchenTigger said...

Office Supply Store = I gotta have just about 1 of everything (at least that's the way my mind works). Love the different shapes/colors of post-it notes and of course I "need" pens in all the different colors to go with those post-it notes! Office supply stores are almost as bad as book stores (although nowdays I try to only use my e-reader). Glad to see others are as obsessed with office supply stores as I am.

Aurian said...

I love post its, all the shapes and colors.

Debra Fox said...

Free padded PO envelopes, order online.
https://store.usps.com/store/browse/uspsProductDetailMultiSkuDropDown.jsp?categoryNavIds=catGetMailingShippingSupplies&categoryNav=false&navAction=jump&navCount=0&productId=P_EP13PE&categoryId=catGetMailingShippingSupplies

Karen Russell said...

My daughter loves office supplies. For her 8th birthday last fall, I gave her 6 pink binders, and she was thrilled. :D