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The best school supply stores in NYC

Preparing kids for the new school year will be a breeze when you shop for items at these awesome school supply stores

A new school year is almost upon us and coming along with it is the rush to fill up those little backpacks. Keep the stress at bay by heading to these school supply stores where kids can check off all the items on their back to school list as well as cool finds that will actually make homework time fun.

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To make sure your kids are school-ready from head to toe, check out NYC’s best kids’ clothing stores and kids shoe stores, and then nourish their tummies and brains with easy school lunch ideas and the best after-school programs in NYC

Best school supply stores in NYC

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Barclay School Supplies

Barclay School Supplies

This superstore has everything your little one needs to be teacher’s pet this year—in fact, their teacher likely stocks the classroom here, too! The place boasts rows of educational materials to help youngsters keep their schoolwork organized. Load up on binders and folders, writing utensils, scissors and sticky notes for class, and make sure to browse the wonderful children’s books and games to keep the learning going at home. Summer hours Mon–Fri 9:45am–6pm; open on Saturdays starting in late August. 166 Livingston St, Brooklyn (718-875-2424, barclayschoolsupplies.com)

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Tannens Stationery

Tannens Stationery

Head to this family-owned shop (it’s been around since 1938!) to check items off your kid’s back-to-school supply list in one stop. The shelves are stacked with name-brand notebooks, highlighters, calculators, crayons and beyond, and families searching for something in particular are welcome to place special orders through the store’s online catalog. Open Mon– Fri 10am–5:45pm, open Saturdays starting in August. 363 E 149th St, Bronx (718-292-4646, tannens149.com)

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Gramco School & Craft Supplies

Gramco School & Craft Supplies

Picking out notebooks and supplies for the coming school year can be like Christmas for little ones, and this discount supply shop makes it even more fun by offering a variety of brands, colors and styles for most items. Parents can find well-known brands, including Mead, Sharpie, Elmer's, and Crayola, as well as several of Gramco’s own products, which are often easier on your wallet. Open Mon–Thu 10am–6pm, Fridays 10am–1pm. 126 31 St, Brooklyn (800-788-5250, gramcoschoolsupplies.com)

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GC Stationery

GC Stationery

Pupils of all ages will find everything they need for a fresh start, from washable markets and puzzles for early learners, to study guides and workbooks for the older kids. If your youngster has a science or art project coming up, this is a great spot to pick up craft and art supplies like paints, stamps, decorative paper stickers and pipe cleaners. Open Mon–Fri 9am–7:30pm, Saturdays 10am–7pm, Sundays 10am–6pm. 8110 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, Queens (718-729-9085, gcstationery.net)

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Target

Target

What’s not to find at this megastore? Not only can parents stock up on school supplies for their littles, but score a few new items for themselves, too—and all without breaking the bank. Target locations can be found throughout NYC, including at the East River Plaza mall in Harlem. Swing by for aisles of binders, patterned composition notebooks and pencil cases from Yoobi, a company that donates an item to a classroom in need with every purchase. Open daily 8am–12am. East River Plaza, 517 E 117th St #201 (212-835-0860, target.com)

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Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store

This Brooklyn shop offers up whimsical items that will have your kids’ supplies stand out in class. Students will enjoy choosing from emoji-themed bento lunch boxes, vibrant backpacks from Kanken, macaron-shaped erasers and rocket pencils. With a stash this cool, any kid will be eager to head back to school. Open Mon–Sat 11am–7pm, Sundays noon–6pm. 232 Fifth Ave, Brooklyn (718-522-9848, blueribbongeneralstore.com)

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