Back to School Supplies…for Grownups

It’s the perfect time to get organized for the months ahead—and recapture some of that energy of starting a new year.
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Ahhh, back to school supplies. Picking out a new backpack, pencil case or organizer is one of the joys of the back-to-school season—but you don’t need to be a kid to get in on the fun. Here are six fun finds for adults, all from local women-owned businesses, to help get your work accomplished with flair.

Tool Pens from Silver in the CityThe Standard Issue Tool Pen from Silver in the City, Kristin Cohn’s fabulously quirky boutique on Mass Ave, has all the bases covered: Not only is it an ink pen, but it also functions as a stylus, four mini rulers, and a flat head screwdriver.

$18.50 at

Modern Chic Backpack from Blue PeppermintThis Modern Chic Faux Leather Backpack from Jessica Landez’s BluePeppermint Boutique in Fishers comes in black or camel and has sturdy zippered closures and an easy-to-clean nylon interior. It also features adjustable straps and a handy exterior pocket that is ideal for stowing your cell phone.

$60 at

Reminders Pad from Lily+SparrowTackle your daily to-dos in style with this Archways Reminders Pad from Lily + Sparrow, a must-visit store in Carmel owned by sisters Jen and Steph Miller.

$12 at

Dovecote Planner from Be the BoutiqueA portable planner is always a smart bet for staying organized, and this floral print 2022 17 Month Spiral Planner from Barbara Turner’s Be The Boutique in Broad Ripple includes inspirational quotes, sticker sheets, and pocket folders for storage.

$36 at

Indiana Notebook from Homespun: Modern HandmadeJot your ideas down on this Indiana State Letterpress Notebook from Amanda Mauer Taflinger’s Homespun: Modern Handmade boutique in downtown Indy. This little gem is handmade and printed on 100% recycled paper.

$16.50 at

Color Changing Pencil Set from Stomping Ground

Work got you stressed out? Grab one of these “mood pencils” made by a company called Snifty to brighten up your day—they change color when you hold them. Another bonus: They come pre-sharpened. Find them, and a host of other fun pencil sets, at Stomping Ground, the fabulous Windsor Park boutique owned by Martha Latta.

$6 at

Stephanie Groves is a regular Indy Maven contributor. 

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