Apartment aid

By IAN SANDS  |  August 31, 2009

Lipstick piñata: If you're living off campus, consider inviting that nice Asian family you spotted down the hall, and that pony-tailed guy who stared at you a lot when you first moved in, to a housewarming get-together. Together you and your new neighbors can beat your way into camaraderie with a lipstick-shaped piñata ($6)! (Full disclosure: we snagged this item for ourselves, but if you ask nicely in an e-mail, we'll hand it over free of charge.)

Desks: Honestly, we did all of our work either on our bed or in the library. So while we spotted a beautiful, spacious desk ($60), we recommend you spend your money on more useful items, like a small army of shot glasses ($.50).

Romance: There's no shortage of young dateable people who shop in this store, and thanks to all of the absurd merchandise on the shelves, about a thousand conversations are waiting to happen. You do the math.

Music: Do yourself a favor and get something pissed off and loud from the CD section at Boomerangs. It'll serve two purposes: 1) to drown out the pretentious telephone conversations your roommate is going to enter into during the next year, and 2) to discourage him from starting up pretentious exchanges with you. We recommend a band called 88 Fingers Louie, who are responsible for songs like "Two Face Bastard" and "Go Away."

Ian Sands can be reached atisands@phx.com.

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