Long, long ago, notebooks came in basic colors and binders were always covered in something that resembled blue cotton (most of you have NO idea what I mean so here is a picture!).
Even then, I usually managed to get pretty excited when I would see them stacked high in piles in Woolworths or Grants (that's what our stores were named in the OLD days!) I know that some of my friends were FAR more excited about the annual shoe store ritual that allowed us to have a new pair of leather shoes that would last us ALL school year long. While there was a neat smell to new shoes to be sure, my long and narrow feet usually meant that I could NOT choose the trendy style or color and would have to settle on whatever they had the fit my feet! Perhaps that is why I got FAR more satisfaction out of selecting my school supplies!
As a teacher, I have been able to transform that back to school ritual into a virtual science and month long event! Early on, those ads start trickling into the Sunday paper. My daughter suggested I might be salivating when I saw that first one this summer - she might have been right! The depth and breadth of school supplies has been almost overwhelming - even to me - a vetern back to school shopper of many years!
It is SO hard to choose the best notebook(s) and folders when the choices include beauties like these: