Mallory McInnis spends most of her time on the Internet amassing awesome things to share on her blog, Gems. She lives in Maine (the woodsy, Stephen King-book-setting part, not by the ocean) and drives all over New England looking for vintage books to sell in her shop, Elwood & Eloise. She’s happiest when sipping an iced coffee, wearing a robe and watching a movie (or reading a book), with a sandwich on a plate beside her.
During my years as a student, August was always a time of intense ambivalence. Whether I was getting ready for first grade or my freshman year of high school, I was a mess of nerves and anxiety as Labor Day loomed. And yet, as much as I worried about algebra (I’m terrible at math) or who would be in my home room, I was also excited — mostly for back-to-school shopping. There’s a special joy in the process of replenishing your school supplies. Even now I back-to-school shop…of course, I’m only helping out my sister, who happens to be a teacher, but still! The joy remains.
Let’s get started…
[1. People book bag by boyfrengirlfren; 2. Terracotta backpack by Ada Blackjack; 3. Screenprinted people backpack by Yu Yu Shiratori; 4. Vintage schoolbag at Dandelion Daydreamer; 5. Mountain bag by Shelter; 6. Tote by Print & Tonic; 7. Backpack by Innad; 8. Mustard wool backpack by ZiaZia.]
Step one: a bag (something to lug all these new supplies around in).
[1. Vintage lunchbox from 86 home; 2. Brain lunch bag by girls can tell; 3. Vintage lunchbox and thermos set from Rank and File Vintage; 4. Bear lunch bag by strawberryluna; 5. Vintage tin lunchbox from kolorize; 6. Lunchbox notes by Little Beehive.]
Step two: a lunchbox, plus some adorable lunchbox notes to to accompany your son or daughter’s sandwich.
[1. Log notebook by Roddy & Ginger; 2. Bright ideas sketchbook by The Happy Pencil Shoppe; 3. Faces notebook by Clare Shrouder; 4. Personalized notebook by Lou Brown Designs; 5. Pencil-printed pencil pouch by Slide Sideways; 6. Pencil bag by Skinny laMinx; 7. Jotter by sewindieshop; 8. Set of 3 notebooks by Antonin + Margaux; 9. Moth girl notebook by pintameldia; 10. Wooden pencil case by Bread & Jam; 11. Elephants pencil case by Kinchi.]
Step three: things for writing and storing writing utensils. I always had such an excessive crew of pens and pencils that I’d need two pouches.
[1. Tree sloth button by Sugar Cookie; 2. Pyramid stickers by Upper Tiny; 3. Hidden kittens sticker pack by Ginette Pomette; 4. Iron-on patches by Zipper Teeth Shop; 5. Vintage honor roll button from Vintage By the Pound; 6. Owl keyring by boygirlparty.]
Step four: some decorations. Iron on a patch or slap on a sticker to personalize a backpack or binder.
[1. Vintage book of writing lessons from Ruggy Revival; 2. Old stock erasers from The Newton Label; 3. Vintage math flash cards from Born at the Wrong Time; 4. Leather bookmark by Lesley Barnes; 5. Wall planner by Sam Osborne; 6. Laptop case by Sketchbook; 7. Ruler by Night Owl Paper Goods; 8. Vintage speller from The Book Lover; 9. Vintage physical education book at Diz Has Neat Stuff; 10. Vintage pencil box tape dispenser from CleaninHouse; 11. Pencil or schedule pocket by present & correct; 12. Pencil sharpener cat at The Opposite Shop.]
Step five: load up on other accessories and eagerly (or not-so-eagerly) await the first day of school.
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