Buy local back to school in the Hudson Valley
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Grab a department store pass and visit well-stocked Hudson Valley stores for pencils, notebooks, and other back-to-school supplies.
In the blink of an eye, back to school is back. Before the morning alarms and nervousness of the first day take center stage at home, use the quiet time now to browse your academic shopping lists. This time around, however, avoid the hustle and bustle of the department stores and opt for local shopping instead. With pencils, notebooks and more in the unique Hudson Valley boutiques, your little one will be ready to move from day one.
If you’re looking for back-to-school supplies at a great price, AL Stickle in Rhinebeck is the place to go. The variety store charms with unconventional junk but also offers everyday staples. Expect everything from colorful laces to sealable glass lunch jars. All-natural lip balms, sparkling stickers for personalizing notebooks and other small backpacks keep students comfortable in the classroom. Visit often, as inventory changes regularly. Shop with your eyes, as the delicious arrangements make this historic business a destination in itself.
Catskill art and office supplies
With multiple locations and a presence in the valley since 1978, Catskill Art is ready to serve students in the area. The stores carry basic necessities such as diaries and colored pencils, as well as brushes, pastels, easels and other more specialized painting supplies. Can’t find what you’re looking for in store? Browse the full website and order supplies online. Bargain hunters will be delighted with the rotating customs clearance sections.
Manny’s art supplies
New Paltz, 845.255.9902
Thanks to its proximity to SUNY New Paltz, Manny’s is a destination of choice for art lovers and astute students in general. The Main Street store offers alternatives like glue, paint, and stickers, though its impressive selection of acrylics, easels, oils, and watercolors also make it a favorite haunt for kids. budding artists. If that’s not enough to motivate a trip to New Paltz, Manny’s is also offering a 20% discount on all art supplies to students and professional artists. Plus, it may be the oldest art supply store in the entire Hudson Valley.
Right next to AL Stickle, Paper Trail is perfect for college and graduate students looking for premium journals, notebooks, and writing utensils. Fountain pen enthusiasts will love this stationery collection from Rhinebeck. Paper Trail also offers tons of unique calendars, planners, and other pen and paper methods for organizing homework and dates.
Cold spring, 845.666.7177
If Pinterest had a storefront, it would probably look like Pink Olive. The Cold Spring Shop is the perfect place to find a gift for your child’s favorite teacher or to pick up some colorful journals and pens. Keep an eye out for pencil cases printed with sassy slogans and desk planners that brighten up any workspace. Your kids will love the cute activity books, many of which have fun New York themes.
Bring a full wallet and a healthy dose of restraint with you on a trip to Zakka Joy. The quirky Beacon boutique is the place to find mouth-watering trinkets and treats you never thought you needed. Kids, teens and college students can stand out from the crowd with art notebooks, polka dot pencils and cute mushroom gel pens. On the wearable side, the store also offers bags and purses, key chains and beautiful zipper cases. Come with a shopping list in mind, but don’t be surprised if you walk away with more than a few delicacies you never thought you needed.
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