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September 3, 2010

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I count myself lucky this year that I have not come under huge pressure from my little treasures for Unsuitable Items. Most Septembers, I have been held hostage while terrorist demands, for anything from high heeled school shoes (yes, it is possible to get them, even Clarks have the odd brainstorm, and of course Child One’s friends all have them) to ridiculously expensive school bags (Cath Kidston, Roxy) and even pens (‘Mont Blanc or similar, please Mum’) have rained down on my head.

This year, all has been suspiciously calm. That’s partly because I came across some Roxy schoolbags in TK Maxx in June, and lovely Tescos have helped us out with shoes and a coat. We did the whole pencil case thing in France, when we popped over to visit relatives. French felt tip pens are, of course, intrinsically cool and French pencil cases, well, eat your heart out rest of the school is all I’m saying.

Child Two did floor me with a sudden demand for a skort (trust them to have invented a whole new garment since I was at school) but, as the school’s own games outfitter is notoriously slow, I am going to be able to get away with purchasing it on the cheap on the way back from school on Monday.

Phew! I feel almost relaxed about it all. But that’s bound to be because I’ve forgotten something, obviously. For any of you still getting your bits together, it’s really worth checking out Voucher Codes and their Most Wanted blog. Yes, they are paying me a bit to mention them, but it is seriously a good idea to check them out. I’ve got quite in the habit of trawling for codes before I do any internet shopping. . Hope you find something useful! Happy shopping.

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  • Erica September 3, 2010 at 11:54 am

    What’s a skort??

    • Dulwich Divorcee September 4, 2010 at 1:28 am

      It’s a cross between a skirt and a pair of shorts – essential for netball I’m told. Very glad you didn’t know either, thought it was just my tremendous age 🙂

  • Sarah in deepest, darkest Lomellina September 3, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Heh, before I took him out of school Son of Thor would get all his school stuff from the UK, pens, pencils, bag, clothes the lot. so he really stood out, apparently in a good way with many oohs and ahhhs for the exotic lables.

    So he was like hyper cool on a shoestring, while the other kids drove their mums’ mad asking for expensive brand names.

    Tescos and Matalan staff are going to be a bit perplexed in about ten years time when some Italian teens burst through their doors looking for the latest in cutting edge, under the mistaken impression that their labels are up there with Fiorucci. (evil cackle)

    • Dulwich Divorcee September 4, 2010 at 1:32 am

      Love that image! Brace yourselves, Tescos. It’s amazing how a little scarcity value can elevate things to cult status. We went to Sweden last year and got some banana guards ( stops them squishing in the lunchbox) which were certainly novel 😉