- Amazon and Walmart seem to be sold out of many everyday essentials.
- But that doesn’t mean those essentials aren’t available elsewhere.
- We’ve compiled a list of places where you can shop for the things you need when the biggest stores aren’t an option.
- Here’s how you can keep everything from your pantry to your office stocked during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Your go-to stores for everyday essentials seem to be out of those essentials, well, every day.
But that doesn’t mean that those everyday essentials are gone. There’s plenty of toilet paper and eggs, just not in the places you’d usually look.
While the supply of goods meant for consumers has been selling like fresh hotcakes, the supply of goods that usually feeds into restaurants, offices, schools, and more has nowhere to go. And though many of us are used to relying on Amazon or Walmart for the majority of what we need, there are plenty of other retailers out there that sell the same things.
Here’s how you can get your hands on what you need when your go-to store is sold out.
Look to bulk suppliers like Total Restroom, which normally sells toilet paper to companies, schools, hotels, and stores.
You may not be able to find your favourite brand, but if you’re in a pinch, any toilet paper should do. And Total Restroom has a lot of toilet paper.
Office Depot and Target also have limited stock, both in store and online. There’s also Popcart’s supply finder, which lets you know when high-demand items are in stock at Amazon, Walmart, and Target. That’s just not very often.
Cleaning and pet supplies
The grocery website Boxed also sells household essentials at wholesale prices and delivers them straight to your door. And Costco is a great place to buy supplies in bulk, though you have to act quickly after orders open to get delivery within a week.
If your mixer breaks while you’re making that first batch of sourdough, you’re not out of luck. Amazon delays might break your heart, but you can always get the appliance they won’t ship you at a smaller store.
Toys, games, and gifts
Stores may be closed, but kids need to be entertained all the same, and birthdays and special occasions continue to be celebrated, even if just at home.
Etsy is a great place to support independent artists and artisans (though bigger companies have their fingers in the Etsy pie as well). Every kind of toy imaginable is available on Etsy, in addition to custom-made clothes, jewellery, and furniture.
Eggs and other grocery products
Grocery stores’ shelves may be emptier than they have been in years, but unsold food is piling up elsewhere: family-owned farms.
Now is a great time to support your local family-owned farms. Many small farms usually sell to restaurants and other commercial customers, but now that many restaurants and commercial venues are closed, farmers are finding themselves with a lot of product and nowhere to sell it.
You can buy through the Chef’s Warehouse, which delivers gourmet meats and specialty foods to many metropolitan areas, or find a local farm near you by searching “family farm near me” on Google or LocalHarvest’s website. Buying directly from one is a fantastic way to ensure that farmers – and your family – stay fed.
Electronics and work-from-home gear
Yes, there’s always Best Buy. And you can get most electronics you may need from Best Buy, even the Nintendo Switch Lite, which is sold out on Amazon.
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