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Where Teachers Can Buy School Supplies In and Around Los Angeles

It's almost time to go back to school, which means it's time to start shopping for back to school. We have a list of the best places to go to buy school supplies for teachers, plus tips on what to buy. #backtoschool #teachers #teachersupplies

“School supplies” for teachers doesn’t just mean pencils, paper, and crayons. Stocking your classroom requires a lot more than that. Some schools provide teachers with everything they may need, but not all teachers are so fortunate. Some schools will reimburse teachers for a certain amount of money spent out-of-pocket. But again, not all teachers are so lucky. So when it comes to shopping for school supplies, you need a large selection and reasonable prices. Here is our list of where to buy school supplies in and around Los Angeles.

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It's almost time to go back to school, which means it's time to start shopping for back to school. We have a list of the best places to go to buy school supplies for teachers, plus tips on what to buy. #backtoschool #teachers #teachersupplies

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).

Dollar Tree

many locations including
3828 W. Slauson Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90043

You’ll feel comfortable shopping at the Dollar Tree, knowing that everything you purchase is being sold at a reasonable price. You can find many of the items you’ll need here including: organizational bins, hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial soap, tissues, paper towels, paper plates and utensils (many birthday cupcakes and cakes are dropped off without paper goods), art supplies (glitter, pipe cleaners, feathers), baby wipes (they work for faces, hands, desks, and dry erase boards), and non-perishable snacks (I liked to give my students “brain food” during challenging lessons and tests; pretzels, graham crackers, and licorice should always be on hand).

Staples

many locations including
6450 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

Like Office Depot/Office Max, Staples offers a large assortment of essential school supplies. Their weekly ads offer special back-to-school savings; you can find many of the essentials (including notebook paper, pencils, erasers) being offered at under $1 (although some do have limited quantities).

Target

many locations including
1800 W. Empire Ave., Burbank, CA 91504

At Target, it’s one-stop shopping. You can find classroom essentials as well as some of the “extras” including snacks, small gifts (to use as bingo prizes and/or rewards), as well as decorative items for your classroom. Be sure to check the section at the front of each store (Bullseye’s Playground), where many $1, $3, and $5 items are displayed. Target often has great deals on classroom certificates, small pocket charts, and more. (And don’t forget to use your credit card to earn 5% off purchases, both online and in the store. Your Target credit card also earns you free shipping).

99 Cent Only Stores

many locations including
11040 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

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, baggies, and more. They also offer a multitude of containers and bins — perfect for library corners, games, art supplies, and more.

Lakeshore Learning Store

several locations including
17072 Devonshire St., Northridge, CA 91325

There are some items you can only find at Lakeshore such as certain posters, classroom furniture, and rugs which you can’t find anywhere else. But in all fairness, some of their items can be found elsewhere (and at less expensive prices), so be sure to shop around and compare prices. One thing to invest in at Lakeshore is their “fadeless paper rolls.” Hang it on your bulletin board at the beginning of the year, and it will look just as good in June.

Amazon.com

This is when your comparison shopping comes in handy. Look to Amazon to give you the best deals on some of the larger ticket items you may need. When I made the move to upper grade, I purchased a multi-drawer organizer cart, similar to this one at Amazon. Each student received their own drawer (I put their name on an easy-peel label on the outside of each drawer), and papers were passed out this way. I also had a drawer for each day of the week so absent students could check the drawer for any handouts they may have missed. And don’t forget to invest in lots of dry erase markers and individual dry erase boards. Children who may be hesitant to work in front of the class at the board can work at their desks on these boards. They’re also great for handwriting practice, spelling practice, and lots more. (And kids usually think they’re more fun than using a standard piece of paper).

And don’t forget to check out: 

used book sales at your public library (a great way to stock your classroom library)

as well as

garage sales (if you’re searching for books, bookcases, etc).

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