Where did the summer go? It seems the season gets shorter and shorter every year, as my Facebook feed is currently flooded with adorable back to school images of kids in their best new clothes waiting for a yellow bus. But if I was in charge, I would make a law that school could not start until after Labor Day – it’s just cruel to head to the classroom when it’s the height of summer.
So this 4 for Friday I turned to Etsy for some fun school accessories to help make the transition just a little bit easier.
• During my college years, I relied on messenger bags for carrying my books and supplies, leaving my hands free to clutch a cup of coffee. Mine were almost always a boring black, but this Kangaroo Pouch Market Bag in a vivid orange will add some sunshine to even the dreariest of days. The bags is handmade with a durable orange cotton canvas and is fully lined in ivory cotton with an adjustable strap that can be shortened so the bag can also be carried purse style. $45
• The new school year didn’t seem official until I had a shiny new case for carrying my favorites like this Floral Dream Fabric Pencil Case. This handmade boxy shaped case is soft and flexible and perfect for carrying pencils and pens in style (or makeup brushes for us oldsters). $10
• Forget the wasteful paper bags and pack a lunch in this adorable Insulated Lunch Bag Set. The 4-piece set is made with organic, eco-friendly cottons and comes with a reusable sandwich, snack bag and cotton napkin. Best of all it is machine washable! As a huge VW Bug lover, this bag (with a ‘T” already upon it) captured my heart – would it be weird to go to my day job with it? $51
• Finally, for those of us dreaming of catching the train to a magical boarding school there’s the Hogwarts Magnetic Bookmark from our friends at BookInz. We’ve shared our love of this innovative bookmark before (click here to see them in action) and they are great for keeping your place in large, heavy textbooks. Grab this limited edition Hogwarts style while you can, or if you have already been “sorted”, pick one up in your house (Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin) colors. $12
Readers – what are/were your favorite Back to School accessories?
Tyna, co-founder and co-editor of wht, worries about becoming a crazy cat lady, reads at least a book a week, checks in at a Flyers fan forum every morning and is forever (some say obsessively) organizing her closets and drawers.