If I Had A Million Dollars….

Well, let’s be real. If I had a million dollars, I’d move to Tahiti or buy out the shoe department at Barneys…

Anyhow, if I had a million dollars and decided to stay in the classroom, this is what I would spend it on- fabulous school supplies to make me feel chic amid all the mouse poo. Clearly all this talk of Back To School shopping has gone to my brain!

Am I the only one who believes that fancy school supplies are like porn for nerds like us?

Here are some of my current too-pricey-for-the-classroom-when-I-have-to-buy-freaking-pencils-for-my-students favorites…all of these images are brought to you by the fabulous peeps over at See Jane Work. I just love a virtual shopping spree!  (Even if it is imaginary.)

Clearly, I will need one of these lovelies to plan out my time. I might keep this as a To Do List/Everything Else calendar and use it in conjunction with my planner – ‘cuz you know those little squares are never enough space!

Because I am anal retentive  an organizational freak  a dedicated teacher, I’ll need another outlet for my incessant list making.  I am all about these….decisions, decisions.

Of course, because teaching requires a great amount of “flexibility,” I will need some post it notes to help me juggle lessons that must be moved around due to all the freaking interruptions to our day *cough cough* supremely important goings on.  Feast your eyes on these babies:

And I’ll need a vessel to store all my fabulous pens, pencils and Sharpies.  This one caught my eye:

How about something gorgeous to open up all those oh-so-important memos?

Everyone needs a little shiny in their day, no?

SPEAKING of shiny, I was totally digging these desk accessories too…

But if I was in a more colorful mood, or needed a pick me up, these super cheerful guys would totally do the trick:

Can’t forget about paperclips….how I love me some paperclips!

At the end of a long day, how wonderful would it feel to slip our mountain of paperwork into these?

Those portfolios are real leath-ah, friends!  Mmmmmmm…..I think it would make it a little easier to roll my eyes at the asshats who insist on making comments such as, “Must be nice to be done for the day at 3:00.”  Or, I could just smack them with my fabulous leath-ah folio…

I hope these images made you smile.  You know what?  It’s the beginning of the school year – you deserve something fabulous!  Go nuts and buy yourself something pretty to make all the correcting, all the list making, all the filing, all the paperwork, all the notes home (holy crap, I’m tired already) a little bit more fun.


P.S. Here are the links, if you’re interested.  (I won’t tell.)
1. Bob’s Your Uncle 8-Days-A-Week Pad ($20)
2.  Bob’s Your Uncle Grid Journal ($16)
3.  Thomas Paul Journal ($20)
4.  Good On Paper Sticky Note Set ($8)
5.  Jonathan Adler Sticky Notes ($7)
6.  Susy Jack Pencil Cup ($10)
7. Folle Classic Stapler ($150)
8. Silver Tape Dispenser ($30)
9. Anything Tape Dispenser ($40)
10.  Anything Stapler ($40)
11.  Clipit Shaped Paper Clips ($6)
12. Magnetic Birdie ($16)
13.  Jonathan Adler File Folders ($10)
14.  Bella Leather Portfolio ($55)
15.  Bella Leather Expandable Tote ($96)

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  • You must be a sadist because you provided photos and links to beautiful supplies. That's like crack to a teacher! 🙂

    My daughter and I love supplies. We buy them when we don't need them. And, notebooks are our HUGE downfall. Who can resist a gorgeous notebook cover?!

    August 11, 2010 at 2:03 pm
  • Now THESE strike me as excellent back to school presents for the teacher, no?

    August 11, 2010 at 7:49 pm
  • I got to the pencil/pen cups and thought, we can TOTALLY make those out of soup cans at school! You know, fabric instead of construction paper? Am I crazy?

    Thanks for the pretty list, but I'm going to have to stop reading your blog if you keep being my enabler, you know. 🙂

    August 11, 2010 at 7:49 pm
  • I'm obsessed with stylish office supplies too! I keep spending my money over at: http://www.sortingwithstyle.com

    I can't help it!

    August 11, 2010 at 7:49 pm
  • I may or may not be drooling over these at the moment! Thanks for sharing!

    I have found some uber cute (and highly affordable) alternatives to the expensive teacher eye candy, however. The only problem? Durability may be an issue AND you'll have to eat a few boxes of cereal and several canned food items to get the supplies needed!

    Cereal Box Organizers: http://www.marthastewart.com/article/cereal-box-organizer?xsc=stf_MSLO-ARTICLE

    Cute Pencil Holders:

    August 11, 2010 at 7:49 pm
  • I have to HAVE that bird.

    August 11, 2010 at 7:49 pm
  • Tracy- amazing teacher gifts!

    Patti- I am so enabling….but don't stop reading!

    LOVE sorting with style. Love.

    August 11, 2010 at 7:51 pm
  • I just spent $81.25 at the dollar store today…I am bursting at the seams to start organizing my classroom with all my fabulous finds!

    August 11, 2010 at 10:16 pm
  • In the year 2000 my youngest child graduated from college and my house was paid for. My car was battered but I didn't want a new one.

    One day while trying to find very inexpensive gifts for my first-graders, I thought, "Why, I don't have to shop for bargains anymore. I can buy anything I want." And so I did.

    From that day until I retired in 2007 I went to Teacher's Supplies every Saturday and purchased all the books, supplies and "manipulatives" that I wanted. During the summers I went to the nearest "museum shop" of every museum I visited in countries around the world. It was a schoolteacher's dream and I enjoyed every penny I spent! Go for it, Teachers!

    August 12, 2010 at 1:32 am
  • I heart Linda the Retired Super Teacher! Your kids must have been jacked to play (I mean learn from) with all your cool stuff.

    August 12, 2010 at 2:26 pm
  • Have you heard about the ERASABLE SHARPIE!!!??? SQUEE!!! http://www.postalatry.org/2010/08/erasable-sharpie.html

    August 13, 2010 at 1:38 am
  • Just to give you a heads up, there is a new Post it note commercial here with a lady who labels everything! The new Post Its basically have a whole sticky back, and everything she has is labeled. She dances around her awesomely organized kitchen and space with the nifty labels. Every time I see this commercial I think of you…this is how I imagine you are (or possibly want to be, 'cause I want to be her as I sit here at my oh-not-so-organized pile that is my desk)…just wanted to share. 😀

    August 15, 2010 at 4:46 pm

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