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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

Written by
Hannah Doolin
Dorkys Ramos
Paulina Jayne Isaac

The 2021–2022 school year is on its way, and these fantastic school supply stores can help! You're going to need pencils, notebooks, binders and cool gadgets to send your kids back to school in style, so head to these school supply stores to get everything you need without making a million trips. 

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Best school supply stores in NYC

2. 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. Gramco School & Craft Supplies, East Flatbush (


Think of Teacher’s Choice as a one-stop shop for educational toys, learning games, arts and crafts and school supplies. Your kid will get their notebooks and pens and teachers can get supplies for the classroom. You know those motivational posters that line elementary school walls? Well, they have to come from somewhere! (

4. 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. Target, East River Plaza, East Harlem (


If your kid wants their school supplies to have a certain flair then CW Pencil Enterprise is the place to shop. You can stock up on basics like composition notebooks (in a variety of colors!), but you can also pick up some funky eraser sets, pencil pouches, and fun planners. All of the other kids in class will definitely be jealous. (

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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. Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store, Park Slope (


If you want to keep back to school shopping easy, then this chain store is the perfect place to shop. Whether your kid is going to middle school or college—they can snag their supplies at Staples. Yes, there are actual staples sold there, but you can also buy electronics like printers, laptops, and monitors. Various locations. (

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