Staples has some sort of promotion going now where
teachers can get some free supplies for submitting a
supply list that includes certain items. You can find
out all the details on their website.
Wal-Mart currently has lots of school supplies on sale
for less than a quarter. The Crayola crayon 24 count
box is about a quarter while the Rose Art crayons in
the same size box are a dime. I have never used Rose
Art crayons so I bought a box and they seem fine. A
lot of non-Crayola crayons are just poor quality.
S & S has free shipping for orders over $750. They
also do bids. I sent them a list of what I wanted and
they cut about $150 off of the list price total (which
was right at a thousand).
I wish I would have known about some of these other
catalog companies earlier so I could have done more
price comparisons. I did compare S & S to Dick Blick
on exact items like Crayola Tempera and various
Crayola classpacks and found S & S to be cheaper.
I'm still not sure about the Color Splash brand, but
the washable tempera was only $8 a gallon compared to
$16 for the Crayola brand, so I thought I would give
it a shot. I'm sure it's a lower quality paint, but
it might be fine since it will used to introduce color
mixing and painting to K-6 students.
--- Randy Menninghaus <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> This strand seemed to be a bit light on comments
> about Sax.
> In Sax's defense, I have ordered supplies from them
> for(20 plus) years. I
> can get so much of what I need from them that I have
> stopped making
> multiple bid orders. They are excellent at answering
> questions, and will
> send samples of items. I find their paper swatches
> samples helpful. They
> offer free shipping over 500.00 dollars and do
> generous bid orders. I also
> but items from Staples. I have found the first week
> of August they have
> these INCREDIBLE teaser sales. Glue at 10 cents.
> Crayola markers at 49
> cent. WOO HOO. They limit you to ten. but I will
> return tomorrow and the
> next day. Until... I had my end of the year party
> for local art teachers
> and heard an elementary art teacher say " Oh sure,
> if you tell them you are
> an art teacher they let you have as many as you
> want!" On day 10 of a very
> fine summer vacation .Randy
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