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Where to go dorm shopping around Brown?

aradiaaradia Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
edited August 2015 in Brown University
I'm coming from across the country, so me and my mom are coming a couple days before move-in to go dorm shopping over there rather than shipping everything. I know there's a Bed Bath & Beyond, but they're ridiculously expensive compared to other stores. We're going to be renting a car, so really anywhere in RI (or even in Massachusetts) would be fine, as long as it's within 25 miles or so. Thanks!

Replies to: Where to go dorm shopping around Brown?

  • RenaissanceMomRenaissanceMom Registered User Posts: 1,078 Senior Member
    There's a Target in seekonk, MA and another in Warwick, RI.
  • bruno14bruno14 Registered User Posts: 2,051 Senior Member
    Providence: Walmart
    Seekonk: Target, HomeGoods, Best Buy, etc
  • researchpersonresearchperson Registered User Posts: 101 Junior Member
    order things online from IKEA
  • bonenzbonenz Registered User Posts: 103 Junior Member
    Ocean State Job Lot (many locations) and Benny's are good and cheap for a lot of items. TJMaxx, Marshall's and Homegoods are good for bedding, etc., but kind of hit or miss. We have Walmarts, Kmart and other discount places. If you need any actual furniture (chairs, a table, lamp, etc.,... which you probably won't) there is a Salvation Army on the East Side, but Ikea is cheap and only about a 30 minute drive from Providence (in Stoughton, MA). Ikea actually probably has about everything you could possibly need, now that I think of it, all new and all stylish.
  • RenaissanceMomRenaissanceMom Registered User Posts: 1,078 Senior Member
    Ikea is great. I bought lamps, rugs, all bedding, pillows, towels for both my kids there. Inexpensive but decent quality.
  • aradiaaradia Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Thanks! The Ikea might be a little too far, but I'll look into ordering online.
  • ciervociervo Registered User Posts: 909 Member
    If you order anything to be shipped to Brown, be aware that at the beginning of the year there is a big backlog in the mail room and the shipping place and it could take some days before you get your items, in addition to waiting on long lines.
  • aradiaaradia Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    @ciervo if I'm doing a pre-orintation program and arriving about five days before orientation, do you think it would be a little less hectic?
  • ciervociervo Registered User Posts: 909 Member
    The lines to pick up packages should be shorter if you arrive early, but there could still be a backlog in processing packages and email notifications. For things you need right away for the first night--sheets, towels, pillow, fan--I wouldn't count on a package you shipped to Brown being available for pickup the day you arrive.
  • bruno14bruno14 Registered User Posts: 2,051 Senior Member
    The mailroom also seems to be under construction right now (or was when I was in JWW last week), so picking up packages could be very stressful.
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