etsy 4 for Friday – Back to School

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.

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Written by Tyna Werner


  1. Avatar of tiffany

    That lunch bag is cute, but I can’t imagine it holding up through a full school year for my kids. They are so hard on their stuff…they put a half eaten yogurt in their lunch box and bring it home dripping for mom to clean up. I do love the matching snack bags though! I’m also a huge sucker for cute school supplies. So glad this school year is about to start. My kids are soooo ready to go back!

  2. Avatar of katezena

    My favorite part about going back to school is always about personalizing my notebooks and binders. When I entered middle school, I learned that the old trapper keeper method (ah, how I loved my Lisa Frank trapper keeper with matching folders, notebooks, pencils….where was I? oh yea…) and folders WAS NOT working. It didn’t keep me organized the way I liked, so I bought plain one-inch three-ring binders and notebooks (the ten cent ones!) for seventh grade. I remember everything by a visual cue and binders and notebooks only come in so many colors, so I decorated each one completely different so I knew which was which just by one look whenever I could get to my locker.

    I keep up the tradition today, but it’s a highly organized ritual. Some semesters I take scrapbook paper and cover the blah factory notebook covers with pretty paper (no need for stickers when you have pretty paper!) and cut the paper to binder size and put one in the front sleeve. I always write my name somewhere on the front and the inside (paranoid, yes), class name (front), teacher (inside), classroom (front), days I have the class and time (both inside.) It’s just a little system I’ve made because I sometimes get lost. I write all of that info on the front of my binder page.

    If I don’t use scrapbook, I use stickers! I have tons and tons of stickers. Hello Kitty, Scooby Doo, Lisa Frank, Harry Potter, funny faces, teddy bears and they’re all to help me differentiate my notebooks and binders! I usually use a large sticker on my notebooks (as I normally remember a notebook by one single image) and I’ll decorate a piece of computer paper with all of the info from above with a bunch of tiny stickers that sort of relate to how I feel about that class. My math notebooks usually have a French sticker that says, “Etudiez plus encore!” or something of that sort on the notebook as I stink at math (don’t let the “A” grade fool you; I work my b-u-t-t off to get it. I get a lot of tutoring!)

    I think school is a little bit more tolerable when you make something that will make you smile. So, my favorite back-to-school accessory is my creativity. :)

    1. Avatar of lipglossandspandex

      @katezena –oh my goodnesssss I totally had Lisa Frank stickers and pencils and folders….

      My favorite things about back to school were getting a new backpack (all the cool kids had Jansport back in the day….) and writing utensils. I still love shopping for pens and pencils and markers and so on! Gel pens are my fave.
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    2. Avatar of katezena

      @lipglossandspandex Good for you to know they are selling pencils, pencil cases, folders, notebooks, lunch bags, coloring books and STICKERS again (maybe back packs. I haven’t stalked Wal-Mart in a bit.) I have the stickers currently as that’s what I use to deck out everything for school. I’m on the hunt for the coloring books again (ah, my love for those coloring books. I use coloring books to keep me sane in noisy places) but I CAN’T FIND THEM. Grrrrrr. If I end up ordering them off the Lisa Frank website….I will totally do it. XD

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