Back to School Stationary Haul 2017

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might’ve seen that I’ve been posting back to school hauls since I started blogging. My 2015 haul was one of my first posts, and one I’m still proud of, even though it was ruined during the import process when I went self-hosted.

Despite having written posts like this one previously, I wasn’t sure that I was going to do it again this year. You might’ve noticed that I left it very last minute, considering it’s the beginning of September and a lot of people are already back at school.

But I thought about it again recently, when I’d finally finished the back to school shop, and realised I really wanted to write one. It felt weird not uploading one during the summer, and it’s my last chance—at least for a couple of years—because I’m not going to university next September.

But alas, I won’t bore you with my rambling tendencies. Let’s get on to the haul…


school bag 2017

Okay, I know this isn’t a stationary item, but look at it! I’m really happy with this purchase, especially as it only cost me £12 in Primark. Last year I was a massive fan of khaki green, but I wanted to tone things down a little this year, and I feel like grey will go with everything. It also has three pockets inside, which is super handy for days where I need to bring lots of stuff to college.


my 2016/17 notebook

If you read my 2016 haul before importing it took away the pictures, you might’ve noticed that this is the same notebook I had last year. At £8 from Paperchase, it is a little pricier than what most people are willing to pay, but it worked great last year, so I splurged a little. I like to have all my information in one place, and considering I do nine units a year, this is perfect. The only downside is that the dividers don’t have pockets on them, so it can get a little messy with extra handouts if you don’t have somewhere else for them.

Pencil Case

2017 pencil case

This probably sounds really weird, but I’ve been obsessed with pencil cases that open sideways instead of on top for ages. I owned a novelty ice-lolly one last year, but it didn’t really work, so I decided to go for a more basic one this year. This one opens completely, and has different compartments so I can store lots of different things in it without it getting too messy.


To-Do List & Notes Pad

to do & notes lists

These came as part of a set in Poundworld’s amazing summer stationary range. My diary for the year is way too small for writing to-do lists for assignments, so I figure this is a reasonable replacement until next year. The notes pad will also be handy for short notes, or as I have already been doing, making lists of blog post ideas!


pens 2017

Am I the only college student who seems to get through pens like they’re chewing gum? I swear I start the year with the best intentions, but it comes to Christmas, and I’ve lost them all.

For that reason, I decided against buying expensive pens this year. I also bought some last year and they fell apart within weeks, so it’s not a valuable purchase for me. Instead I bought the above two packets for less than £4 from my local B&M’s and I’m hoping they last the year!

Glue sticks

glue sticks

These were the first thing I bought in preparation for college next year. I didn’t think £4 for four glue sticks was too bad, especially as they’re on-brand! I’ve also given one to my brother, as even despite being on a BTEC course, I don’t do enough cutting and sticking to use four glue sticks in a year. I’ve called dibs on the glittery glue stick, though, so that whatever I do need a glue stick for looks fabulous.

Other than the above purchases, though, I’m reusing a lot of the stationary I used at college last year. I used to buy everything new, year after year, but I don’t see the point anymore when there’s something just as good at home. Don’t get me wrong, I love stationary, but I also want to get better at using what I’ve got instead of buying new and forgetting about stuff, too.

If you did read this post hoping for some last-minute recommendations, then this probably isn’t very helpful. What I would say is go very basic initially, especially at college, as you’ll probably find out what you really need once you’ve been there a few weeks. Things I’ve found helpful, in addition to the purchases I made, are coloured pens for note taking and scissors!

Thanks for reading, and until next time,



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30 thoughts on “Back to School Stationary Haul 2017

    1. Thank you! I’ve had a similar design before, and they’re really spacious, which is definitely a plus! I love that there are three pockets, too, as it helps prevent it getting into a mess, which I do so easily! Good luck with shopping for university; I hope it goes well for you! Enjoy your stationary shopping.

    1. I love reading other’s blog posts about them, and they’ve become a real joy of mine to write over the years, even if I do only do the one. I don’t know what I’ll do with myself when it’s not so important to buy new next year! I briefly saw Wilkinson’s stationary when I went in and purchased the glue sticks, but I wasn’t in there for long enough to have a really good look at it. It did look awesome, though!

  1. I’ve always been obsessed with stationary…love it when it is brand new!!! Love the pencil case-where is that from? 🙂

    1. Haha, same! The pencil case was originally from eBay, but the auction’s ended now and it doesn’t look like the seller is selling that item at the moment. If you copy+paste the listing (New Cartoon Cat Student Pencil Pen Case Box Makeup Pouch Pocket Brush Holder Bag) into the eBay search bar there are a lot of similar ones, though.

  2. I absolutely love stationary, and I love the bag too – how was it only £12!? That’s an amazing deal. I love buying pens too x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿

    1. Tell me about it! The detailing on it is crazy, and it’s perfect for someone who isn’t the most delicate when it comes to college bags. It’s got a three compartments in the main bag, and another on the front… I’m so in love, haha!

    1. Thanks! That’s definitely become a favourite from everything I bought for college this year. I’m planning on incorporating my to-do list pad with my 2017 planner for the time being, but I’m already looking into filofax inserts for next year (I hate wasting things). I think that’s gonna be such a better alternative for me, as you have more options when it comes to customisation and stuff.

    1. Thank you! Yeah, I’ve recently looked in my stationary draw, and my scrapbook/journal box has another two in. I definitely own too many. But if anyone in my class needs them… well, I’ll have them covered, I suppose!

  3. Yessss, I love stationery! Your photography in this post is fab btw, well done you – you can tell you’ve worked hard at it! To do list pads are my absolute fave, they’re always so pretty and really motivating to actually get stuff done! Your Primark bag is a bargain too!

    Abbey 💋

    1. Ah, thank you so much! That’s such a compliment, especially from someone who’s photos I’ve always adored.
      Yeah, definitely–when I remember to use them, they work so effectively and I’m so much more productive. I’m in love with that bag, definitely one of my greatest purchases in a while!

  4. I’m in desperate need of a new uni bag, all my summer ones aren’t t big enough to fit my notepads in aha x

    1. Haha! I can relate to that, except the other way around. I own so many big bags for college, that when it comes to going out in the summer, I always take a bag that’s way too big for what I need. I can definitely recommend Primark, though–they’re killing it at the moment!

  5. I love stationary hauls, they’re one of my favourite posts to read so I’m so glad you decided to post this. I can’t live without a list pad or 2 xx

    Jay /

    1. Ah, me too! I love reading other people’s stationary posts, especially knowing where things came from. I own way too much stationary that has been inspired from other blogger’s stationary posts! I love list pads, too! I own another one that I didn’t picture here, but I’ve had it for slightly longer and it came really in-handy last year!

    1. It was super useful for me last year, so I definitely recommend in. I was very hesitant because of the price–I’d never usually spend more than a couple of pounds on a notebook I was only going to use for college–but this saves so much money in the long term and keeps me much more organised.

  6. Great haul. I absolutely love that pencil case and the to do lists!

    Hannah |

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