An office supply innovation. I love these highlighters. What office accessories are you obsessed with?
So I’m just going to come right out and say it.
I love office supplies.
Seriously. I might require psychiatric assistance for this. So much so that I’m taking time away from what I should be doing (preparing substitute lesson plans for the next two days) to write this post.
At school, we have a huge catalog from Staples with a corresponding educational discount guide with which, my bookkeeper will attest, I can spend weeks pouring over pages of everything from doorstops to deskchairs, rotary trimmers to rolls of scotch tape.
There are at least seven different companies manufacturing plain Manila file folders, which blows my mind. Seven companies? Is that market just a bit oversaturated?
But I digress. My current object of office tool fascination is the retractable highlighter marker. For years I suffered through the misery of conventional highlighters, always struggling with the feast or famine of either having the uncapped marker dry out or dealing with the difficulty of trying to highlight one-handed while still manipulating a separate cap. But thanks to the retractable highlighter, those days are a distant memory.
My personal favorite is the Sharpie Accent Retractable.
You just can’t go wrong with a Sharpie, and I really like the design, what with it’s AP certified nontoxic quickdrying odorless ink, as well as the trademark Safety Seal technology to keep the marker from drying out. It’s even got something called “Smear Guard.” Got to feel pretty secure with Smear Guard watching my back.
I know these retractable highlighters have been around a few years (Google Patents
has the earliest patents filed between 1996 and 2005), but it seems like I’m just discovering them. Better late than never.
Surely some of you have some office supply innovation suggestions for me. What are your favorite types of pens, staplers, tape dispensers, hole punches or any other kinds of office accessories?