The Big College Shop & Other Pressing Matters

Ah. Late August. Forget trips to the beach. If you're a mom of a college-Freshperson-to-be, the end of summer means making memories and bonding over bedding at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Linens ‘n Things, Tar-jhay, and a host of other big box discounters.

Because I did the whole-shopping-for-college thing a mere year ago, I’m trying my best to stay clear of these stores for the time being. But awhile back, I ran into my local BB&B for some placemats and came face-to-face with one of the season’s telltale twosomes: a mother and daughter “enthusiastically discussing” their purchases (imagine dialogue like “But Ashley’s mom let her get black satin sheets” and you get the idea).

The list of a hundred of so college must-haves (think the third grade supply list on steroids) that these stores dispense never fails to amuse. But by far the most chuckle-inducing item on the list, especially for moms of male students who pride themselves on their just-rolled-outta-bed fashion style? An iron.

My advice? Ignore the iron. Besides, there’s only one thing your new college student needs. And your scholar knows that it doesn’t grow on trees ‘cause it comes right out of those ATM's conveniently sprinkled around campus.

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