Teacher Supplies Go To

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  1. RuralPAteacher

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    You have all seem the numerous teacher supply catalogs. They all seem expensive to me. Perhaps thats because my school budget is almost nonexistent and I have to pay out of pocket for everything. I do buy a lot from target and the dollar store, but they don't have a lot of things I want. Which company do you find has the BEST prices and the BEST products? Do you have any websites you recommend for purchasing teacher supplies? When I say teacher supplies, I mean anything and everything furniture, center games, bulletin board materials, etc.

    Thanks in advance!! :)
     
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    my suggestion would have been target and your local dollar store, lol...sorry, those are my go to places! I can't imagine not finding what you need at target!
     
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    I always search around craigslist. You find many Educators that have
    retired, switched grades, etc that are trying to get rid of their stuff. Also, Amazon has everything I usually see in teacher supply stores and it's usually 20% less. Then if you have Amazon prime you get it in 2 days. :)
     
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    I think it all depends on what you are looking for. Furniture is expensive so I wouldn't get it through a teacher supply company. I think it's best to mix and match as different retailers will have better prices on certain items.
     
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    Thanks guys. I know that I will have to shop around, but I am a newer teacher and not really familiar with what companies/websites are out there to look at. I know about Lakeshore and reallygoodstuff.com Are they good priced ones or are their better options out there for these things? I make all of my centers, but I did see a few reading center activities on the Lakeshore website along with science skits that look neat. I am just not crazy about the price, so I am wondering if there are other places out there and which ones have the best prices.
     
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    I like to wait until the week before and after Labor Day. Many places like ETA and LakeShore have sales then. I can usually score many deals for 50-80% off during this time.
     
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    I'm a new teacher as well and I've found some decent prices on items I will need such as organizers (med size mailbox) and general items from Wise Owl

    http://www.thewiseowl.com/

    I also find good deals and ideas at our local craft stores
     
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    I've found a lot of low-cost or free bulletin board things on Teachers Pay Teachers. JoAnn Fabrics also has a lot of teacher supplies if you have one by you. You just need a coupon in the Sunday paper to get at least 40% off. Science kits are probably trickier to find at a lower cost, but as far as bulletin board materials and organizers, I think you can get those at a lower price if I shop around.
     
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    I like Teacher Created Resources and Really Good Stuff. I think most of the catalogs are pretty similar price-wise. They are all going to offer different products, though...It depends on which designs you like. I also like some of Carson Dellosa's stuff.
     
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    I agree with a previous poster who suggested craigslist, but would add keep an eye out for yard/garage sales. You never know what goodies you'll find!
     
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    I go to Lakeshore because there is a store near me and I don't have to pay for shipping and handling. They have great sales going on right now. I buy a ton of stuff there and it never comes out to being as much money as I expected. I really only go there once a year.
     
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    You can't really shop there per se, but I asked for a lot of expensive stuff on DonorsChoose. If you don't need something immediately this would be a good option.

    Otherwise I'm just a sucker for Lakeshore. They are horrendously expensive, but amazing. :rolleyes:
     
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    I agree completely. There are some things I really, really want from Lakeshore but they're not necessities and they're super expensive so I'll do that stuff through Donors Choose. (Just got a listening center project with a few hundred dollars worth of stuff funded two weeks ago- woohoo!)

    The stuff I buy at the beginning of the year at Lakeshore is usually all bulletin board stuff, borders, decorations, name plates, labels, etc. etc. That stuff isn't outrageously expensive.

    I wish Lakeshore had like a registry so I could go into the store and pick out what I wanted and automatically upload it to Donors Choose! Whenever I'm on their website I have a hard time deciding what to get but when I go into the store I want everything!
     
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    I have a local Lakeshore as well, and they are awesome for elementary. I wish they had secondary supplies! They rarely carry anything past 6th grade.

    I find a lot of what I need at Target, and their back to school sales are great. I make it a point to stop there around Valentine's Day, too, for my favorite pink items.
     
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    Classroom Direct
     
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    Oriental Trading often has bulletin board supplies, posters and other "knock off" materials. Sometimes the quality isn't as good, but I have a great pocket calendar from there and some other things and they were definitely cheaper.
     

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