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Geek Item of the Week: Back to School

It’s back to school time. Or so I hear. I don’t have kids and it’s been many presidential elections since I’ve been school aged. Though I recall not starting school until well into September, I’ve been seeing folders and notebooks for sale at Walmart, so I’m assuming that time has come around again. Now, you (or your kid) can show up for the first day of class with the same old stuff as everybody else (boooooor-ing) or you can spice things up a bit with my geek list of back to school items (awwwwwe-some).

First you’ll need an owl, a cat, or a toad…. I’m sorry. Wrong list. I meant;

TMNT Backpack


It’s gnarly and totally radical! I’d be your friend! It’s shell shaped, has lots of space for books and whatnots, and even comes with ninja masks. It’s available at ThinkGeek for $44.99.

Harry Potter Wand Pencil



A Harry Potter wand pencil. Need I say any more? I don’t think so. It’s a handmade etsy item, available in an assortment of colors. I’m considering buying one for myself.

Pencil Case


If you’re going to have the wand pencil, you have to have the Marauder’s Map pencil case. It’s $70, so probably you don’t actually want it. But it is handmade leather and made to order so the price is not surprising. Were I a rich woman, that pencil case would be mine.




At Skullastic you can create your own notebook from a variety of styles and colors. It’s kind of cool. Though these are $5 a notebook and since kids are ingrates and you can buy a regular notebook for like 20 cents, you might want to go with that instead.

Snazzy Tee


Everyone needs at least one new shirt when they go back to school. Or when they go to drop the kids off at school. ThinkGeek, $19.99. I’m wearing this shirt right now. There’s a kid’s option as well, also at ThinkGeek for $12.99.

Avengers Shoes


Along with a new shirt, new shoes are always joyous to have when going back to school. Or again, when you have to drop the kids off at school. My current choice of shoe would be Avengers! These shoes are available at the Converse website in a variety of sizes so that everybody can have happy super hero feet.

About Patti Matteucci (265 Articles)
Patti Matteucci plays in an imaginary band in Illinois where she rocks the mic like a vandal while simultaneously cooking MCs like a pound of bacon. She is into most nerdy things but doesn’t excel enough in any to be labeled a nerd. One of her top skillz is scouring the internet for recipes, printing out a big pile, and then throwing them away before ever trying them when she remembers that you can have food made and delivered to your front door by somebody else. She is a 14 year old trapped inside a 33 year old’s body (or maybe also a 14 year old’s body) with an unabashed love for Justin Bieber and far too much time spent marrying celebrities in Sims 3.
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