Back to School, Part 2….

[Frontspiece: ShoppingGirls of all ages and backgrounds are heading back to school. Photo via tagg.com.au.]

In our last post, we looked at some of the basic back-to-school gear that pretty much every ShoppingGirl will be getting, such as apparel and books.

In today’s post, we have gathered a few online resources that you may or may not be familiar with, along with examples of some of the products they carry that are excellent for students. So let’s look at these retailers that offer great back-to-school gear for all kinds of ShoppingGirls!

 

Levenger

Levenger Page Nibs are small, flat, brass-colored metal bookmark clips. They slip over the edge of the page, holding securely in place, without marring or discoloring the paper. Besides marking a page, you can position the nib to point to a specific paragraph or line on a page, making it much faster to target the information you want, without having to mark up your books with highlighter pens (important if you want to re-sell textbooks at the end of the semester). Easily repositioned, the nibs stay in place forever if that's what you want, so that you can always find a favorite quote or poem. Fill a book with nibs flagging references for your term paper, and the book won't become a cumbersome, confusing mess to handle and use. You get a bunch of nibs in a pretty and practical tin with a hinged lid and a window on top, so that you can see the contents. Nibs are excellent study tools for everyone, that remain useful after you've finished school.
Levenger Page Nibs are small, flat, brass-colored metal bookmark clips. They slip over the edge of the page, holding securely in place, without marring or discoloring the paper. Besides marking a page, you can position the nib to point to a specific paragraph or line on a page, making it much faster to target the information you want, without having to mark up your books with highlighter pens (important if you want to re-sell textbooks at the end of the semester). Easily repositioned, the nibs stay in place forever if that’s what you want, so that you can always find a favorite quote or poem. Fill a book with nibs flagging references for your term paper, and the book won’t become a cumbersome, confusing mess to handle and use. You get a bunch of nibs in a pretty and practical tin with a hinged lid and a window on top, so that you can see the contents. Nibs are excellent study tools for everyone, that remain useful after you’ve finished school.

For ShoppingGirls who like nice things; well designed, useful, and leaning toward the traditional and retro. The beautiful pieces at Levenger are investments that will last a lifetime, and transition beautifully from school to career. That makes the prices much more of a deal than they seem at

Hanging files are just about the quickest, easiest way to sort and stash papers. Levenger's Office Foldable Storage Box knocks down for storage. Open, it features two mesh pockets, a large, whiteboard style labeling area and, even better, smooth side rails to support hanging files. It also has nice, large handles for easy carrying. And of course, you could use this for storing other things besides files and binders. An old-school tip: the area beneath hanging files makes a great secret stash spot. Just cover your stash with something innocuous, like a few "spare" folders. Sure, it's not super-secure, but it's a place few people ever think to look.
Hanging files are just about the quickest, easiest way to sort and stash papers. Levenger’s Office Foldable Storage Box knocks down for storage. Open, it features two mesh pockets, a large, whiteboard style labeling area and, even better, smooth side rails to support hanging files. It also has nice, large handles for easy carrying. And of course, you could use this for storing other things besides files and binders. An old-school tip: the area beneath hanging files makes a great secret stash spot. Just cover your stash with something innocuous, like a few “spare” folders. Sure, it’s not super-secure, but it’s a place few people ever think to look.

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Tired of shuffling loose note cards amongst a pile of textbooks, or watching them blow hither and yon every time a breeze floats through the window? The Levenger Note Card Bleacher will hold index and note cards, of varying sizes, in stacked ranks at a convenient upright angle while you study. The cards are secured in slender slots cut across each level. This is one of those items that you might not think to get that is incredibly useful. Even better, it does duty as a message center, to-do rack, photo display, mail center, and bulletin board alternative, both during and after school.
Tired of shuffling loose note cards amongst a pile of textbooks, or watching them blow hither and yon every time a breeze floats through the window? The Levenger Note Card Bleacher will hold index and note cards, of varying sizes, in stacked ranks at a convenient upright angle while you study. The cards are secured in slender slots cut across each level. This is one of those items that you might not think to get that is incredibly useful. Even better, it does duty as a message center, to-do rack, photo display, mail center, and bulletin board alternative, both during and after school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Levenger Note Card Bleachers rear view, showing ample storage space for cards and pens.
Levenger Note Card Bleachers rear view, showing ample storage space for cards and pens.

 

These are so logical that I think they were invented on the Planet Vulcan. A hybrid child of a file folder and a project planner, these Levenger Project File Folders keep information about your class or project together with the materials associated with it. No need to hassle with writing things down more than once. No hunts for slips of paper or digging through a binder or backpack for this or that detail. These are also great for students under a ban from bringing tech gear to class, which prevents you from accessing or updating notes directly into your software or app. Keeping track of your info will be nearly as easy with these folders. They come in a set of six, which should cover all of your course needs for a semester.
These are so logical that I think they were invented on the Planet Vulcan. A hybrid child of a file folder and a project planner, these
Levenger Project File Folders keep information about your class or project together with the materials associated with it. No need to hassle with writing things down more than once. No hunts for slips of paper or digging through a binder or backpack for this or that detail. These are also great for students under a ban from bringing tech gear to class, which prevents you from accessing or updating notes directly into your software or app. Keeping track of your info will be nearly as easy with these folders. They come in a set of six, which should cover all of your course needs for a semester.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the things that Levenger is known for is its comprehensive range of pre-designed papers containing prompts and sections for keeping track of different kinds of information. These Levenger Book Notes Bookmark Cards come in an ample set of 100, and are great for literature students in particular. Of course, they'll also provide excellent bookmark notes for any student who has a lot of books to manage and will be needing to create bibliographies. They are also nice for bookish types who simply want to keep a convenient bookmark inside each book they are reading or have completed, noting their thoughts about it. You can also retain these to keep a record of textbooks you have re-sold. That's not a bad idea if you perceive any chance that you might need to refer to the publication information for reference purposes, or to verify funds spent for financial aid purposes.
One of the things that Levenger is known for is its comprehensive range of pre-designed papers containing prompts and sections for keeping track of different kinds of information. These Levenger Book Notes Bookmark Cards come in an ample set of 100, and are great for literature students in particular. Of course, they’ll also provide excellent bookmark notes for any student who has a lot of books to manage and will be needing to create bibliographies. They are also nice for bookish types who simply want to keep a convenient bookmark inside each book they are reading or have completed, noting their thoughts about it. You can also retain these to keep a record of textbooks you have re-sold. That’s not a bad idea if you perceive any chance that you might need to refer to the publication information for reference purposes, or to verify funds spent for financial aid purposes.
Also useful are these Levenger Ruled and Grid Bookmark Cards in a set of 100. One side is lined for written notes, while the other features a grid pattern useful for math, engineering, and other sketching notes. These bookmark sized cards are great because you can easily carry a bunch in your pocket or bag for taking notes anywhere.
Also useful are these Levenger Ruled and Grid Bookmark Cards in a set of 100. One side is lined for written notes, while the other features a grid pattern useful for math, engineering, and other sketching notes. These bookmark sized cards are great because you can easily carry a bunch in your pocket or bag for taking notes anywhere.
Another handy bookmark notecard option from Levenger, these Special Request Project Planner Bookmark Cards, set of 100, have sections which can be used for tracking things like specific homework assignments, class projects, and all of the many educational tasks and events in a student's life. Parents, note that study tools such as these can help to teach children how to plan, design, coordinate, and complete projects, an important life-long skill. Maybe you'll want to borrow a few of them....
Another handy bookmark notecard option from Levenger, these Special Request Project Planner Bookmark Cards, set of 100, have sections which can be used for tracking things like specific homework assignments, class projects, and all of the many educational tasks and events in a student’s life. Parents, note that study tools such as these can help to teach children how to plan, design, coordinate, and complete projects, an important life-long skill. Maybe you’ll want to borrow a few of them….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Besides fine quality paper, notes, pens, and the like, Levenger is also known for the high quality leather and alternative-leather goods on offer at their website. ShoppingGirl students will immediately see the multi-use value of these discrete little round leather storage containers. Marketed as Levenger Zip-N-Store Earbud Holders, they will, of course, also serve to keep handy various items that many ShoppingGirls like or need to have on hand. The cute little leash has a convenient lobster-claw style clip for fastening around a belt loop, purse or backpack strap, or even dangling from a lanyard or necklace. You can get it monogrammed, making this a nice gift for a student.
Besides fine quality paper, notes, pens, and the like, Levenger is also known for the high quality leather and alternative-leather goods on offer at their website. ShoppingGirl students will immediately see the multi-use value of these discrete little round leather storage containers. Marketed as Levenger Zip-N-Store Earbud Holders, they will, of course, also serve to keep handy various items that many ShoppingGirls like or need to have on hand. The cute little leash has a convenient lobster-claw style clip for fastening around a belt loop, purse or backpack strap, or even dangling from a lanyard or necklace. You can get it monogrammed, making this a nice gift for a student.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oriental Trading

This is the place to go for just about anything you need for school supplies, crafts, parties, and events. The carry a lot of fun stuff geared particularly toward younger students. Most of the items are sold in small batches rather than individually, which can be a plus, since you save money buying all you’ll need for your school year at once. Even if you get more of an item than you need, you can share it with someone else! For parents who home-school, or for homework assignments and school related events, the quality of these products are likely to be just fine, and the prices can’t be beat. The company has been around for a long time, is reliable, and does not hassle over refunds or replacements as needed. The quality of most items is great. The merchandise this ShoppingGirl has received from them surpassed that of comparable goods from other retailers, including some purportedly high-end stores. Oriental Trading is affiliated with some other stores offering school supplies and educational toys. Check the tabs at the top of the website, where you’ll see links to stores such as Learn365 (filled with educational gear for teachers, parents, and students), MindWare (incredible assortment of educational toys and activities for students of all ages), CustomFun365 (a great resource for customized sports and events t-shirts and gear), Fun365 (craft supplies and great craft project ideas for students), and MarryMe (check it out for dorm room gear such as mini-light strings, or glossy, colorful, fiesta-style luminary paper bags for your kids’ school lunches).

Make homework sessions a fiesta with the Oriental Trading Fiesta Maraca Pens. You get a dozen in assorted festive colors. Not just for writing, the maracas provide an outlet for relieving study frustration. Take a shake break, then back to work! Also useful for music percussion and rhythm studies. Borrow them from the kids when you have a party.
Make homework sessions a fiesta with the Oriental Trading Fiesta Maraca Pens. You get a dozen in assorted festive colors. Not just for writing, the maracas provide an outlet for relieving study frustration. Take a shake break, then back to work! Also useful for music percussion and rhythm studies. Borrow them from the kids when you have a party.
You'll never need to sharpen a pencil again with this Mega Stacking Point Pencil Assortment from Oriental Trading. For only $26.98, you get 250 pencils, each containing an entire stack of perfectly sharpened points. Once one wears down, remove it to find a fresh, perfectly sharpened point underneath! Stick the spent cartridge on the end of the pencil stack to keep it a comfortable length for writing. No more cramped hands from trying to write with a slowly diminishing regular pencil.
You’ll never need to sharpen a pencil again with this Mega Stacking Point Pencil Assortment from Oriental Trading. For only $26.98, you get 250 pencils, each containing an entire stack of perfectly sharpened points. Once one wears down, remove it to find a fresh, perfectly sharpened point underneath! Stick the spent cartridge on the end of the pencil stack to keep it a comfortable length for writing. No more cramped hands from trying to write with a slowly diminishing regular pencil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For students who like to categorize their notes by ink color, save yourself the grief of fumbling through a handful of different pens as you work. These Oriental Trading Shuttle Pens each contain 10 different colors of ink, making your note-taking dreams come true. You'll get a set of 12 Shuttle Pens, so you can keep one wherever you take notes, rather than toting a set of separately colored pens everywhere. Also great for scripture notes, and general doodling fun when you need a mental break from your studies.
For students who like to categorize their notes by ink color, save yourself the grief of fumbling through a handful of different pens as you work. These Oriental Trading Shuttle Pens each contain 10 different colors of ink, making your note-taking dreams come true. You’ll get a set of 12 Shuttle Pens, so you can keep one wherever you take notes, rather than toting a set of separately colored pens everywhere. Also great for scripture notes, and general doodling fun when you need a mental break from your studies.
My Science Journal is a great tool for younger kids to learn the scientific method. Students at this age are curious and exploratory, taking naturally to the sciences. These journals will help them to define their experiments and the results they observe. The journals come in a set of 12, providing lots of opportunities for discovery!
“Worms prefer the dark.” An insight for all ShoppingGirls…. My Science Journal is a great tool for younger kids to learn the scientific method. Students at this age are curious and exploratory, taking naturally to the sciences. These journals will help them to define their experiments and the results they observe. The journals come in a set of 12, providing lots of opportunities for discovery!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oriental Trading's Word of the Week Journal has well considered prompt fields for developing vocabulary. Comes in a set of 12.
Oriental Trading’s Word of the Week Journal has well considered prompt fields for developing vocabulary. Comes in a set of 12.
Accurate Ruler Tape, with U.S. standard and Metric markings, is plasticized for flexibility. Tape a ruler into your binder, onto your pencil, or along your desk. For that matter, add it to your tackle box, tool box, kitchen, sewing room, or art studio. Sold at Oriental Trading.
Accurate Ruler Tape, with U.S. standard and Metric markings, is plasticized for flexibility. Tape a ruler into your binder, onto your pencil, or along your desk. For that matter, add it to your tackle box, tool box, kitchen, sewing room, or art studio. Sold at Oriental Trading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oriental Trading's Omnigrid Ruler comes in several sizes and configurations. These flat panels are marked in multiple ways, including diagonally, and feature colors that are visible when used on both light and dark materials. These tools can make measuring homework graphs and craft projects much easier.
Oriental Trading’s Omnigrid Ruler comes in several sizes and configurations. These flat panels are marked in multiple ways, including diagonally, and feature colors that are visible when used on both light and dark materials. These tools can make measuring homework graphs and craft projects much easier.
Oriental Trading offers a lot of great products for home-schoolers, such as these Famous American Study Journals. Featuring colored photos of historically important Americans from the Library of Congress, prompts are provided to guide students in writing their thoughts and crystallizing what they've learned. Not just for home-schoolers, of course, these can be used for student reports and projects.
Oriental Trading offers a lot of great products for home-schoolers, such as these Famous American Study Journals. Featuring colored photos of historically important Americans from the Library of Congress, prompts are provided to guide students in writing their thoughts and crystallizing what they’ve learned. Not just for home-schoolers, of course, these can be used for student reports and projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Encourage your student ShoppingGirl to do her homework or write in her journal with this set of 12 Princess Wand Pens from Oriental Trading. She won't need all 12 of them, so you can keep some for yourself. Here is a crafty tip: Decorate these in different colors with faux gems and metallic paints (or nail polish). Make one for each school subject.

Encourage your student ShoppingGirl to do her homework or write in her journal with this set of 12 Princess Wand Pens from Oriental Trading. She won’t need all 12 of them, so you can keep some for yourself. Here is a crafty tip: Decorate these in different colors with faux gems and metallic paints (or nail polish). Make one for each school subject.

 

 

 

 

 

And…we’re still not done! Visit our next post for lots more great back-to-school products!

 

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