About a thousand years ago, when I was in middle school, the Sheaffer pen company came out with a cartridge fountain pen. The choice to write in Peacock blue ink, sealed my fate as a stationery store junkie. We are lucky enough in our little town to have this gem of a store, existing for more years than I have lived here (and I have been here for 20 years), and just the most fun place to shop. First of all, There is the inspiration of color all over the store. There are walls of pens, pencils, markers, binders, note pads, and any other item you could imagine to organize your thoughts and your life. They have art supplies that will challenge you to be creative, and a wall of Crayola to bring you back to your childhood. I remember when they came out with the "big box" of crayons, when my children were small...this was a special gift or reward that they would enjoy for months after. My oldest daughter would open her box and immediately take all of the crayons out and then put them back in, arranging them according to color, until the box resembled a tidy rainbow. Lairds is a place to go when you need to pick up a quick greeting card, a pack of index cards, a lock for your bicycle, or a pack of post it notes. If you want to play with clay, or need to wrap a gift, Laird's will have what you are looking for. They will also have things that you did not know you were looking for ;) like these fabulous notepad organizers in the most scrumptious colors. Seriously...I need these!! There are so many options for binders, spiral notebooks, and composition books, that it is almost impossible to leave with just one. If you need to clip it, cut it, erase it, or tape it, you will find many choices here. Your basic number two pencil to take that test with, or a new antimicrobial pencil so you won't get sick? Laird's is as close as we can get to the old five and dime stores that catered to our need and desire for choice. Over the years, I would stop in to pick up a glue stick and walk out with the perfect gift for a friend or relative. They also have every type and style of office supply imaginable, several lines of party supplies, oh yeah... and stationery. Like I said in the beginning of this long post, we are lucky indeed to have an independent, family owned store like this, right here in our little town of Fair Haven, at the Jersey Shore. If you ever find yourself in our neck of the woods, visit Laird Stationery on River Road in Fair Haven, or give them a call if you are looking for something special...732 747-1806. Oh, and did I tell you that they have the nicest people working there? Well, they do. (Now, just think of the supersized yardsale poster that I can make with these...) Linking to Pink Saturdays with the ubiquitous pink pearl erasers and fabulous pink binders. Please stop by Beverly's blog at How Sweet the Sound to see other Pink Saturday posts.