It’s Back to School time in Chapel Hill & Durham, NC, and time for the School Supply treasure hunt! Over the years it seems like there have been several items for which we have had to drive all over town (until we learned the ropes!) In order to help you find those sometimes hard-to-find school supplies, we have compiled the CHillKids GUIDE to School Supplies in Chapel Hill / Carrboro / Durham, NC.
Best Overall Selection & Shopping Experience: Office Supplies & More (Chapel Hill’s INDEPENDENT Discount School & Office Supply Store)
One of our Back-to-School favorites, Office Supplies & More, is located in the Timberlyne Shopping Center (near the Post Office) at 1129 Weaver Dairy Rd., Chapel Hill, NC. Office Supplies & More is an independent discount office supply store and back-to-school supply store, also specializing in just about every kind of pen (some of their pens that are like works of art!), gifts and toys, and fine paper supplies and stationery.
We have learned through experience over the years that Office Supplies & More has just about the best selection of EVERYTHING for Back to School supplies (and office supplies, paper and pens year round), with competitive prices, and excellent & friendly staff assistance.
Office Supplies & More can save you a BUNDLE of time! You can literally get in and out quickly, and find the quality products you need at great prices. Office Supplies & More advertises some of the lowest prices on most pens in the USA; they always offer Teachers 10% off their low prices; and they offer SPECIAL BACK TO SCHOOL HOURS.
The online reviews for Office Supplies & More are excellent (just about all of them that we read were 5 stars.) One reviewer commented that Office Supplies & More is the best office supply store in the NC Triangle, hands down, and we couldn’t agree more! We especially appreciate that this is an INDEPENDENT store. (The store was originally founded in New Haven, CT in 1976, and later moved to Chapel Hill.)
You can make it a fun shopping experience with your kids! The friendly Staff usually have offered our kids a free treat or little gift (choice of a Silly Bandz, etc.) – a fun time for everyone. Also, Orangeleaf is just around the corner near the Post Office, and it’s fun to treat the kids to a special frozen yogurt treat.
More Back to School Supplies in Chapel Hill / Durham / Carrboro, NC
In no particular order:
1. Target: Target often sell out of key, basic supplies early on, so shop early to avoid the frustration and hassle of spending HOURS trying to find 2 or 3 simple items.
The Super Target on 15-501 has a Back to School area at the back of the store, but you may find even more of what you need in the FRONT of the Super Target in the Office Supplies section (near the greeting cards). We usually end up looking in both places – but it’s good to know about the alternate location for school supplies within the store.
The Super Target on Renaissance Parkway (near Southpoint Mall in Durham, NC) often seems to be better stocked for school supplies (also for Halloween costumes, etc.) than the one on 15-501. One year we couldn’t find a particular set of Crayola crayons anywhere, but they had them at the Renaissance Parkway Super Target in the office products area toward the front of the store. (This was before we had discovered Office Supplies & More – they probably had what we needed!) The Renaissance Parkway Target also has a Back to School supplies area in the back, and a separate office supplies area toward the front. Quite often you find more of what you need in the office supplies area (especially if you are shopping late and the Back to School area looks like locusts have descended, leaving barren shelves with a few packs of erasers here and there).
2. Office Depot (New Hope Commons, Durham, NC – shopping center located at 15-501 and Mt. Moriah Rd.) across from Barnes & Noble and Walmart. Office Depot sometimes sends 20% off coupons in the mail, and throughout the Back to School season they often offer a few key items for ONE PENNY, for $1 or $2. See current Home Depot offers.
Sometimes it seems like we end up spending too much time when we shop at Office Depot; we have had a hard time finding each of the things we need. However, in our experience the Office Depot Staff have been very helpful. Just ask if you need help finding something and they will help you find it, if they have what you need.
3. Staples – Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC (around the corner from Whole Foods). Staples quite often offers discounts on back to school supplies. Convenient to downtown Chapel Hill; lots of parking.
4. Walmart – Chapel Hill & Durham NC locations – Standard back to school supplies; however it is sometimes hard to find the specific items/brands on the school supply list.
5. A.C. Moore – Patterson Place on 15-501 in Durham, NC (Patterson Place is the newer shopping center located across 15-501 from New Hope Commons.) Ah, the AC Moore 40%-off-one-item coupon (delivered weekly to local residents in the Chapel Hill News insert). This is GREAT for some of your special/more expensive school supply items. We used the 40% off coupon for a pricier item: the $20 adult size Fiskar’s scissors on the 6th grade back to school list. Of course we found a bunch of other great stuff too; they sometimes mark 50% off all Crayola items in August — check with the store or visit the A.C. Moore website for updated School Supplies specials and offers.
Happy Back to School shopping!