4 Spots to Purchase School Supplies in Rhode Island

Whether your kiddo is heading back to school in person or virtually, get them settled for the school year with the supplies they need.

Photo from Barrington Books Facebook Page.


This article was created in collaboration with Rhode Island Commerce.

Barrington Books

For a more unique approach to back to school shopping, head to Barrington Books. The store has learning materials for parents to help teach their kids at home, hand sanitizer and masks, (plus lots of books!) for sale.

How to shop: Both locations are open for in-person shopping. You can also shop online on their website. The Barrington store is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Cranston store is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Details: 184 County Rd., Barrington, 401-245-7925; 176 Hillside Rd., ​Cranston, ​401-432-7222, barringtonbooks.com


Frog and Toad

This gift shop has a wide variety of novelty stationery items to make learning fun. The online store has a section dedicated to distance learning essentials with fun pencils and pens, notebooks and pencil pouches, too. The store also offers a variety of backpacks and tote bags.

How to shop: You can order online through the website or visit in-store. The store is open Monday through Saturday, noon-6 p.m.

The Details: 795 Hope St., Providence, 401- 831-3434, frogandtoadstore.com


Ocean State Job Lot

This locally-born chain offers a wide variety of items at discounted prices and is sure to help you check off your kiddos back to school shopping list. It is a one-stop-shop with items including binders and folders, art supplies, desk organization and more.

How to shop: Most stores are open seven days a week 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.

The Details: Locations throughout R.I. You can find a store near you on the website, oceanstatejoblot.com



If you are looking for a unique place to get some notebooks, tote bags or pins and patches to attach to your kiddos’ backpack, look no further than this Capital City gem. Craftland is a shop with handmade and original gifts from local artists.

How to shop: You can shop in-store or online. The shop is open Monday through Friday, noon-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m.

The Details: 212 Westminster St., Providence, 401- 272-4285, shop.craftlandshop.com


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