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Grade school lockers: the latest decorating frontier

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Like many people moving into new digs, Joy Zientara wants to measure her space before she plunks down money for the shag rug, wallpaper, curtains and chandelier she’s considering.

For her school locker.

“I need to see how tall it is,” the Wellesley sixth grader said as she checked out a decorated locker at LittleBits Toys in Wellesley earlier this week. “My sister’s locker was really tall.”

After decades of somehow ignoring the real estate, retailers have realized there’s money to be made in those 12’’ x 18’’ x 36’’ metal boxes.

Oh, torn-out pictures of *NSync, where have you gone?

Pottery Barn’s PBteen sells $24, battery-powered string lights. Toys “R” Us has a shell-shaped mirror for $4.98. If your middle schooler wants a Hello Kittylocker rug, Claire’s is the place ($12.50).

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