I have been carrying around just a regular leather tote I bought from Target a few years ago but often see other teachers in my building with cute cloth bags with teacher sayings or prints on them and now I want one! I am hoping to find one that zippers! Does anyone have one of these, if so where did you find it? Or is everyone else just using a tote like I have been?
I got a great tote about five years ago from Vera Bradley. They are sorta pricey, but it has lasted, looks great (she has great patterns) and I can throw it in the wash when it gets dingy. It has zippers, compartments, and keeps me organized.
used to always get these free at conferences. (I have tons of them from my years of teaching.) Many conferences still do offer free totes. You can also usually find ones with cute sayings at teacher stores or on teacher store web sites. Try Really Good Stuff or any popular teacher site and do search for tote.
sorry!! I posted this saying land's end when I really got my tote from LL Bean. There was a Land's end magazine sitting next to me as I wrote this and wasn't paying a bit of attention! Summer brain!
LL BEAN is where mine came from. it's made of really heavy canvas and zips. it says you aren't supposed to wash it in a machine, but i have countless times and it's been fine. Mine has lasted so far going on its 6th year and hasn't busted a seam or anything. love it!
Since I end up at a lot of meetings and commuting on the train I've stuck with using my Coach leather bags. They are extremely sturdy and look "professional" when I'm not in a school setting. AND it seems the more I cram in the more they hold strong. I have a black one for the winter and a camel one for fall and spring.
I know that my teacher store has a huge section of "teacher"items and Really Good Stuff has a bunch, but the ones I always snag at conferences I end up giving away or they are shoved in a closet somewhere, I also use them for groceries at times.
I have a "Vera" from the Vera Bradley collection, which I love! I also have an LLbean one that a student got for me with the long handles so you can wear it over your shoulder and a zipper top that I like. It also has my name in it. I recommend both! The Vera Bradley one is a little more on the expensive side.