After my annual
bloodletting pilgrimage for back to school supplies at Staples this week I was in need of a little actual retail therapy.
As much as I tried to shop for myself right there in that office supplies mecca I know so well, I knew I was ultimately going to have to get my fix elsewhere. Want to know where I went?
First an apology for Staples. They tried:
I’m sorry about our complicated relationship. I know you think I should stay in better touch with you, and not ignore your coupons and call to action emails like I do. I don’t call, I don’t write. I don’t visit often unless I really need something. Like printer ink. Stat. Then I’m all over your aisles.
It’s not like I don’t appreciate your efforts. You’ve clearly been trying to make yourself more appealing to me. Don’t think I didn’t notice the large Martha Stewart for Avery display in the middle of the store. All those muted pastels were a cool island of calm away from the multicolored neon back to school bins and blah blah black, gray and red regulation “biz” stuff. I partook. You got me. You had me at the Robin’s Egg Blue. Two or three Martha items I don’t technically need landed in my cart.
Sorry Staples. The mini Martha binder just wasn’t enough. I had to leave you for another store. It’s not you, it’s totally me.
After trolling two malls, three Targets and three different Staples stores for the right jeans, backpacks, highlighters, notebooks and binders for my
demanding darling children I found myself in a bit of a funk. I adore them, but honestly why are they the only ones who get to get new stuff every fall?
I’m the one schlepping, driving and yes – often sacrificing. It’s not fair!
So I headed over to C Wonder. It’s my new happy place. It’s also dangerously close to my kid’s school.
There are a number of reasons why I love C Wonder Store:
1. Everything in there. It’s all utterly adorable. A little bit preppy, a little bit pop culture. It’s like Jonathan Adler and Trina Turk had a kid and she was very good at merchandising.
2. The prices. This stuff is not technically “cheap” but neither is the quality. In most modern shopping experiences you must choose between Prada prices and quality and Forever 21 prices and quality. C Wonder Store bridges that gap and I am grateful. It’s a nice splurge but it won’t bankrupt you.
3. The letter C. That’s just me. I’m partial. My letter is all over that place! Makes me want to buy buy buy. Much cheaper than Chanel and I’ve never been a Coach gal. Finally a C store that I can relate to.
I was at the opening of this store a little over a week ago and the first 250 customers to enter the store got mystery amount gift cards. Mine was worth $5 which is not a lot but it’s not like I needed a big excuse to go shop. The minute my kids were at school I headed over to unload the gift card and buy myself a bag to carry my computer and planner and school year “stuff” that I am constantly schlepping along everywhere I go.
I love me some back to school shopping. I really do.
Check out the video I made (above) about back to school shopping for ME! Do you sneak in stuff for yourself when you shop for your kids?
Disclosure: I attended the blogger/general public opening of the C Wonder Store in Newport. I was one of the first 250 customers who got a mystery gift card (value was $5 on mine). I applied it towards my bag. The bag was $78, in case you are wondering. It was a nice splurge for the school yr for me! All opinions are my own. My mini Martha binder is also adorable and fits very well in my bag.