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Where To Shop for Back-To-School Supplies in Los Angeles – and Online

Updated for 2021

I know what you’re going to say: isn’t it still the middle of Summer? Why is there Back To School Shopping information in my feed?

And believe me, I know. It’s crazy how early we have to start thinking about shopping for back-to-school supplies. But check out all the Back To School Sales happening – you don’t want to miss those bargains. And Public schools start back up again in just a few weeks, so now’s the time.

Whether you’re looking for school supplies, Back to school clothes, uniforms, backpacks, lunch bags, stationery supplies, or even College Dorm Room essentials, here’s a list of go-to stores in Los Angeles where you can find everything on your School Supply List – plus some online options, too.

Want to know when your kids’ school starts? Click here to see our LA School Calendar article.

Where to Shop for Back To School Supplies

Michaels Stores
many locations around SoCal, including:
14370 Ocean Gate Avenue, Hawthorne, CA 90250-6732

Michaels has tons of Back-to-School supplies, and you know they always have those amazing coupons, so you’ll get a bargain, too. The best part of shopping at Michaels is you’ll get the chance to customize everything for your kid’s BTS experience. Even their organizing supplies are fun!

many locations, including
10820 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230

At Target, it’s one-stop shopping. Shoes, school clothes (including uniforms), school supplies, backpacks, lunch boxes, and the fixings for those lunch boxes all under one roof. And don’t forget to use your Target credit card to earn 5% off purchases (both online and in the store) and use your Target credit card for free shipping.

multiple locations including
13463 Washington Blvd, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

You may not think of Costco as a school supply store, but they always have great backpacks and lunch boxes, not to mention great deals on some school supplies, like copy paper, sharpies, scissors and notebooks. And increasingly, Costco can be a source for new clothes as well.

Office Depot/Office Max
many locations including
5665 W. Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

You can find a large assortment of school supplies at Office Depot/Office Max. Be sure to check their weekly specials as well. This time of the year, they often offer fantastic deals on the essentials (glue sticks, rulers, crayons) for pennies. (Sometimes they require a minimum purchase, sometimes there are a limit of quantities).

many locations including
3090 E. Slauson Ave., Huntington Park, CA

Whether your child is entering kindergarten or college, you can find your school supplies at Staples. In addition, their weekly ads offer special back-to-school savings; you can find many of the essentials being offered at under $1 (although some do have limited quantities).

Don’t forget Amazon. Check out our Amazon Affiliate Shop for our fave BTS supplies!

many locations including
1827 Walnut Grove, Rosemead, CA 91770

Whether you’re helping your child furnish their first college apartment or sending your little one off to preschool, Walmart has what you’ll need for the upcoming school year. Many items can also be ordered online and either picked up at your local store or shipped directly to your home.

many locations including
1000 N. San Fernando Blvd., Burbank, CA 91504

You can find essentials for your freshman’s new dorm as well as the basics that your elementary school child will need for the new school year. Clothing (including uniforms), backpacks, pencils, and more are available online and in stores.

99 Cent Only Stores
many locations including
6854 La Tijera Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045

You can walk into the 99 Cent Only Store and know that you won’t be over-paying for the items you need. You’ll find plenty of school supplies here (sharpeners, pencils, paper) as well as snacks, containers, baggies, and more.

Dollar Tree
many locations including
1200 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90038

You’ll feel comfortable shopping at the Dollar Tree, knowing that everything you purchase is being sold at a reasonable price. You can find school supplies, planners and calendars, organizational bins, hand sanitizers, tissues, snacks, tissues, and more.

colored pencils photo

Where to Shop for Back To School Clothes

Whether you want to get your kids new a fancy Back To School Outfit, a new School Uniform, or just some nice new Back to School Clothes, you can shop the sales at these stores (plus Target and Costco – see above).

Old Navy/Gap
multiple locations, including
Westfield Culver City Mall
, 6000 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230

Old Navy always has great sales on kids’s clothes and a great selection of basic uniform staples. Of course you can shop online as well, but sometimes visiting the store is worth it, like when they have a special flash sale.

Children’s Place
multiple locations, including
Westfield Culver City Mall
, 6000 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230

Children’s Place always has so many sales going on, it’s crazy. And if you sign up to get their emails, you’ll get notified about exclusive sales just for subscribers. Plus they always have something unique and adorable for kids.

multiple locations, including

8739 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester, CA 90045

Kohl’s is a terrific place to shop for Back to School bargains. They’ve got everything from shoes to jackets. And they are now a hub for dropping off Amazon returns – bonus!


Where to Shop for College Dorm Supplies

Some of you may be sending kids off to University this year, and they’ll need a whole extra set of things!

multiple locations, including
8480 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

It should probably go without saying that you can outfit a dorm room and beyond at Target, but take it from me personally: It’s true. I have the credit card receipts to prove it.

Bed Bath & Beyond
multiple locations, including

1557 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Bed Bath & Beyond has this amazing service: you buy the supplies your kid will need for their college dorm at any BBB store near you, and they will have everything shipped to the store that’s closest to the University your kid’s attending. How cool is that? They even keep lists of items that are not allowed at each college, so you can avoid buying things your kid won’t even be permitted to have in their room. Plus you know those famous coupons of theirs never expire, right? And you can use 6 of them at a time. Now you know.

The Container Store
multiple locations, including
710 Pacific Coast Highway, El Segundo, CA 90245

This store has made it their business to be the best at organization, especially for small spaces, so what could be better for a small dorm room? They’ve got it all figured out – and, like BBB above, they keep lists of permitted and not-permitted items (like Hot Plates – don’t even think about them!) for each College.

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