4 Spots to Purchase School Supplies in Rhode Island

Get the kiddos settled for the school year with supplies from these local stores.

Photo from Barrington Books Facebook Page.


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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: Shop in-person Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Details: 184 County Rd., Barrington, 401-245-7925, 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 daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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


Ocean State Job Lot

This locally born chain offers a 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 for the backpack, look no further than this Downcity 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 Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday noon-6 p.m.

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


Editor’s note: This story was updated from a previous version posted in September 2020.