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Let’s continue with our list of online retailers carrying back-to-school gear that branches out from the norm:
Lots of ShoppingGirls know that Worldmarket is a great place to pick up decorative and useful pieces for their homes and offices. However, Worldmarket also carries great items to enhance your study space, or that of your children.
Globes are excellent decor items for a student’s desk. A globe has a way of triggering a study state of mind. Many globes include features that make them extra-practical, such as this one made of cork, which comes with a set of 50 red-topped pins. Use it to mark places you are learning about, where you’ll be doing your summer-break travel studies, or as a 3-dimensional bulletin board. It spins for ease of use, and it looks cool. Worldmarket.com.
Worldmarket Constellation Globe is inspiring for Astronomy students and star-gazers. The marble base will serve as a paperweight or impromptu bookend. After you’ve completed your study of the stars, you will have a pretty decorative piece for your home.
Like the inspirational symbolism of a globe, but don’t really need one for practical study purposes? Consider this beautiful glass option. Mouth-blown and hand-etched, it is a world filled with light. Crafty tip: For ShoppingGirls who aren’t into the brass look, paint the metal with a glossy color of your choice, for a modern take on globalism. Worldmarket.com.
At 3 inches in diameter, this Mini Foam Globe Ball can be stashed in your desk drawer, backpack, purse, or pocket. It gives you (or your kid) the basics combined with a stress-reduction toy for study breaks.
ShoppingGirls who want a globe, but find the standard blue models a bit too academic looking, may like this glossy white and golden model. Featuring a pretty comprehensive assortment of place names, the globe spins within a 20th Midcentury design framework. It, too, will also work as a bookend. Worldmarket.com.
Even those ShoppingGirls possessing great eyesight will likely find the need for a magnifying glass at some point during their studies. Schoolkids will definitely need one. How about this cute Elephant Magnifying Glass, that doubles as a paperweight? Worldmarket.com.
Steampunky ShoppingGirls and those who are often on the go will like this cute and practical Brass Folding Magnifying Glass. The handle is, well, handy; but folds out of the way when not in use, for convenient carrying. Worldmarket.com.
The Foldable Brass Magnifying Glass, folded. Note that you could slip this onto a lanyard, necklace, or the like. Worldmarket.com.
Is there some rule that states that all study chairs must be either hideous or uncomfortable? Break that rule with this Paige Office Chair. The wood is solid, kiln-dried white oak with a distressed finish, and the casters are made of metal with an antiqued finish. Available at Worldmarket.com.
The Warm Green Mid Century Zarek Office Chair is another nice option for those who want a chair with side support and armrests. It looks soft and comfy but still modern and streamlined, and it features metal casters. Worldmarket.com.
Decorative file folders are an especially useful tool for students. Select a different design for each subject or project, and you don’t even have to hassle with creating labels of teensy, hard-to-read lettering for the tabs. That’s a plus during long, late-night cram sessions when you are shuffling a pile of folders about on top of your desk as you study. This set of six folders features an uncommon pairing of black and gold metallic patterns. Worldmarket.com.
Serene Yellowstone File Folders in a set of 6. The soft, fern-print images with color-coordinated interiors have a natural, calming vibe. Worldmarket.com.
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Something a ShoppingGirl student or mom might not consider is the archival quality of the materials she uses for her studies, or for providing to her children for their various projects. Granted, much of the material you use will not be retained beyond the end of your school year. However, there will be projects and items, such as term papers, valuable rare books used in research, photographs, artwork, and mementos, that you may wish to preserve. There are a number of ways to do this, but it is essential that you use archival-quality materials, both in creating such items, and for storing them. By doing so, you will prevent deterioration that is so common with paper, books, and works of art. If you are wondering what “archival quality materials” are, they are simply goods which are made and manufactured using safe ingredients and methods that won’t damage the items they come into contact with over time. While these archival materials may seem expensive, it is worth the investment for the protection they provide.
Every child should have a truly gargantuan, acid-free scrapbook. They are a great way for ShoppingGirl moms and grandmoms to keep precious childhood artwork, too. This one comes with textured library cloth covers in your choice of a variety of colors, and a set of 25 paper pages (giving you 50 display sides). It can be separated to add a set of refill pages as needed. It’s big enough to hold an entire newspaper page on one spread. Available from Pfile.com.
Keep your young ShoppingGirl’s school-year sports memories in archival condition for life-long memories and self-esteem. PFile.com carries adorable, archival quality Sports Scrapbooks in a practical 12-inch square size, with a place on the cover for a photograph of your ShoppingGirl star athlete. Each comes with a set of 10 archival-quality sheets (for a total of 20 display surfaces). The album can be separated to add additional sheet sets, or the optional 4×6-inch photo sheets. Choose from a nice variety of sports album graphics.
It’s a Binder. It’s a Box. It’s archival quality. It will save you a step at the end of the semester. This binder box is extra-large so it will hold papers and various photo and CD storage sheets just fine. It opens and lays flat for easy use, but closes up and secures with a Velcro tab for light-tight, archival protection. You don’t even need to use the rings. Store unpunched items, such as note cards or mementos, with your punched papers, without a hassle. At the end of the semester, there’s no need to shuffle papers from files, binders, drawers, books and your backpack to storage…they are already in the box! Just close it and stash it away. Pfile.com.
ShoppingGirls pursuing degrees in the Arts will like these Century Archival Elite Storage Boxes, which feature an extra-fancy buckram fabric outer shell and a solid black interior. Great for portfolio display purposes as well as storage. Also a great option for storing your precious degree certificate, graduation ceremony program, photos, tassels and mementos. Or select one as a perfect presentation case to an honoree. Don’t forget to also purchase archival-quality tissue paper for wrapping and padding any special or delicate items. Pfile.com.
And…no, we are STILL not done sharing wonderful back-to-school gear with all of you wonderful, intelligent and creative ShoppingGirls! More to come….
You’ll need a dictionary. The “Oxford English Dictionary 20-Volume Set with CD-ROM” should cover every course you could possibly take (that is in English, of course). And, it only costs $10,404.19. It’s no longer in print, so you may face a hunt to find it. The photo link will take you to AbeBooks, a great student bookstore resource.