My Top 6 “Buy It Again” Office Products from Amazon

As the years go on, the number of items I purchase on Amazon has slowly increased. With the current times, for many, it has increased exponentially.

If you’ve never done so, it’s kind of fun to go back through your Amazon order history and see how it grows and evolves from year to year and even decade to decade!

My first Amazon purchase was one item in December 2003. After that, it’s quite fascinating to see how it would stay consistent for several years but increased quickly.

2005 – 2012:  8-10 orders per year
2013 – 2014:  20-25 orders per year
2015 – 2018:  30-40 orders per year
2019:  60 orders
2020: 41 orders (thus far = by August)

Amazon is really good about not only letting you know how often you’ve purchased a product…

…they also make it really easy to “Buy It Again” directly from your order history page.

Today I want to share with you six items I’ve found myself buying for my piano studio again and again on Amazon.

Perhaps not surprisingly, they are all consumable office supplies!

 

#1 Decorative File Folders

Decorative file folders are definitely more expensive than plain manilla folders. However, if I’m going to display something like this, I want it to be visually appealing in my studio space.

(Read more details on my file-folder system and organizing your studio finances in this post.)

Every few years I get tired of looking at the same folders and like to freshen it up with a new set and different color.

Two favorites on Amazon include:

Decorative File Folders (Blue Tones / Floral Design / 24 Pack)

 

 

 

 

Decorative File Folders (Yellow Tones / Geometric Design / 12 Pack)

 

#2 Erasable Highlighters & Colored Pencils

Erasable highlighters are a must in a music studio. My favorite is:

Frixion Erasable Highlighters (Yellow)

While you can get orange, green, and pink ones, I prefer yellow because they’re the lightest color.

For consistency, I have my students only use yellow to highlight dynamics. Other marks on their music are made with any other color but yellow.

If you’re teaching online (or even if you’re not), these are great to include in an at-home practice kit for students that may include a highlighter, stickers, and page-tab markers. (Luckily, they’re available for purchase in packs of 12!)

Erasable, Twistable Colored Pencils

The erasable twistable colored pencils are actually hard to find in stores and sometimes even online, but they’re great.

For years I’ve tried a variety of erasable colored PENS but even the best ones don’t write well. I finally gave up on erasable pens and went back to a good-old-fashioned pencil as well as these erasable (and) twistable colored pencils.

 

#3 Binder Divers

These plastic binder-divers are AWESOME. The first year I started using binders with my students I purchased the cheaper paper dividers to save money, but they get destroyed easier and have to be replaced every few years.

(If you still prefer the cost-effective route, go with these as you can purchase 48-sets in bulk!)

Avery 5-Tab Plastic Binder Dividers (Pastel)

Avery 5-Tab Plastic Binder Dividers (Rainbow)

Students get a 1-inch binder. I keep a variety of colors and let them choose.

My O.C.D. side is bothered by the fact that certain colors (like red binders) don’t look good with the pastel-colored tabs above, so I buy two color-schemes and pick which one looks best with that student’s binder color of choice. Otherwise, it’s visual chaos to me! LOL

 

#4 Stickers

Whether you’re stocking stickers in your studio or making up at-home practice kits for your online students, Amazon is a great place to buy stickers.

A couple of years ago I had to put a stop (on myself) from buying more stickers. I had enough to last years and vowed to use what I had before purchasing more.

Even so, my students and I have a couple of favorites:

Koobar Year-Round Holiday Stickers Variety Pack

Emoji Rewards Stickers

 

#5 Japanese Erasers

These are great to keep on hand for private lesson games, group classes, or (once again), to send home in an at-home practice kit. While doing online lessons they can use it as a game marker on the keyboard!

Over the years, I’ve also purchased several different varieties for both studio game markers and student prize boxes.

Some Japanese erasers work a lot better than others as game markers. (On the keyboard especially, certain ones don’t balance very well.)

The all-around favorites are the Hedgehogs.

The Snowmen and Christmas Tree set is also fun to keep around for the holidays but is way too expensive for my taste for a prize box.

#6 Post-It Tabs

The easiest way to mark assigned pages for students is with post-it tabs. I like the 1/2″ size paper ones because I can also write on them as opposed to the plastic-type ones (plus they’re usually cheaper).

If you can find them in stacks of 100 (like these) as opposed to 50, it feels like they last longer.

 


What are your favorite “Buy It Again” products on Amazon? Share in the comments!


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10 Comments

    • Kids get such a kick out of cool office products. The erasable colored pencils are definitely not something they see and so they’re wowed by them! LOL.

  • I was reading another one of your articles about your student binders so I can set up some for my students lab time. You mentioned using 8 dividers for the topics you put their pages under. Do you buy 2 packs of the 5-tab dividers since they have more writing space for your titles or do the 8-tab dividers work ok for them?

    • I’ve always done the 8-tab dividers for their music lab binders (which stay at the studio) and the 5-tab dividers for the piano binders.

      • Thank you for your reply. I’d love to hear more about what divisions you use the 5-tab dividers for their lesson binders.

        • You could do it in a variety of way. Label in a way that best fits the labs you will be assigning. If you only have 8 different labs then you can use more specific names for the specific apps or labs.
          The labeling I most currently used includes things like: iPad (will include all the labs for individual iPad apps), EMT (Essentials of Music Theory), Theory Videos, Holiday listening labs, Fun Music Videos, etc.

          P.S. Just so you are aware it’s available, I outline all of these kinds like you’ve been asking as well as lot more on the Music Labs Made Easy ebook available on PP shop.

          • Thank you. I did find the details for the music lab tabs. I was wondering what you use the 5-tab ones for in the students other binder for the private lesson time?

          • 1. List of “Mastered Pieces”
            2. List of “Memory Pieces” (which they play three weeks in a row by memory)
            3. Technique
            4. Sheet Music
            5. Miscellaneous

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