The 11 Best Back-to School Sales of 2021

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Now that the academic season is underway, we’ve stopped updating this post with back-to-school sales and can’t promise the ones below are still available. Check back later for updated deals.

As a kid, the phrase “back to school” instills a nervous excitement; a palpable atmospheric shift that was unique to that time of year, and signaled that it was time to stock up on new supplies, clothes, and book bags for the coming year. Luckily, those things, along with actual school supplies, just so happen to go on sale this time of year.

Now is an excellent time to find back-to-school deals and sales on virtually everything. You'll find the best craft supplies, storage containers, and actual school supplies (markers, pens, etc.) to spur your creativity well into September.

Read on below to learn about the best back-to-school sales to shop for this year.

Michaels

Washable Watercolor Set by Creatology

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Michaels is offering 20 percent off of all regular-priced merch. Simply use the code 20MADEBYYOU anytime between now and August 31.

Bed Bath & Beyond

Student Faves Set

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Bed Bath & Beyond has a sweet deal for students who sign up for the store’s College Savings Pass. Get 20 percent off every purchase—for an unlimited number of purchases—when you enroll now through September 30. Whether you're moving into a new dorm, apartment, or gearing up for a fresh start this fall, Bed Bath & Beyond has everything you need.

HP

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e All-in-One Printer

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Need a new printer for all those colorful designs you’ve been conjuring up? Check out HP’s back-to-school sale, where you’ll find popular printers marked down up to 58 percent off.

Paper Source

Back To Campus Kit

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Paper Source has two back-to-school offers right now. Take 25 percent off of academic planners and calendars, or 20 percent off of custom stationery with the code DESK20.

Home Depot

3R Studios Beige and White Collapsible Palm Leaf Baskets with Large Tassels

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The Home Depot’s Back to Class event is happening now, with price cuts on some seriously cute home storage, among other adorable essentials.

Blick

Blick Economy Cotton Canvas Panel Classroom Packs

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Blick is offering its lowest paint prices of the season, just in time for back to school. No code is necessary. They’re also offering discounted canvases. Why not give these DIY canvas art ideas a go?

Rifle Paper Co.

Rifle Paper Co. Card Case

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Right now, take up to 50 percent off a selection of desk accessories like paper tape, journals, and pens on Rifle Paper Co.

Walmart

General Purpose Super Glue

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Shop and save big on crafts under Walmart's Savings Spotlight. You'll find markdowns on everything from sewing kits and supplies to markers, paints, and more.

Staples

Staples

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Head to Staples' Daily Deals and save big on everything from notebooks and colored pencils to printers and tech products. Keep in mind the deals vary each day, so make sure you check regularly to find discounts on the products on your shopping list.

The Container Store

Container Store Poppin Organizers

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Right now, The Container Store is offering up to 20 percent off a handful of crafty products, like boxes, wrapping paper, vintage bottles, glitter bows, and more. It's the perfect place to get some DIY inspiration.

Joann

Honey Can Do Rolling Storage Cart and Organizer

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JOANN is offering 20 percent off of your total purchase if you opt to pickup in store. Need new craft room storage? Check out these back-to-school organization and storage savings, which range from thread boxes to pen holders and caddies.

When Do Back-to-School Sales Start in 2021? 

This year, back-to-school sales begin in the late summer months, though August and September are prime times for many retailers to slash prices prior to school starting. Naturally, now is also an excellent time for crafters to take stock of what they may need to restock before fall. 

How Long Do Back-to-School Sales Last? 

Back-to-school sales can last anywhere from a couple of months to a couple of days; it all depends on the retailer. Some stores, for instance, choose to have flash sales of a day or two, whereas others may mark down prices for the entire tail end of summer when most parents and kids are stocking up for September school start dates.

What Stores Have the Best Back-to-School Sales? 

This year, a lot of retailers will offer back-to-school deals, ones that will benefit kids, kid-crafters, and adult-crafters alike. Be sure to take a look at the big-name craft stores like Michaels and JOANN, which are known to have flash sales.

If you’re a student who’s shopping for new tools to take your crafting game to the next level, you’re in luck. Best Buy does offer student discounts on a plethora of products. Simply enroll in their Student Deals program.

What Can I Shop for Now on Sale?

Plenty of retailers have already begun the back-to-school savings. Bookmark this page and check back in the coming weeks as we'll be regularly updating this page. In the meantime, here's what you can shop for now on sale.

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