Connecting Friends, Connecting Family, Creating Memories

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Support The Thrifty Teacher!

The Thrifty Teacher is an education store that runs on donations to provide secondhand items to teachers, art lessons to students, as well as open art studio opportunities to families.

The Thrifty Teacher is raising funds to defray the operating costs of expanding their impact to include before and after care programs for neighborhood students, day time art classes for homeschooling students, and teacher events/workshops to increase the educator community in the DMV area.

  • Virtual Thrifty Thursday: Animals Galore!
    Thu, Aug 05
    The Thrifty Teacher Zoom Room
    Aug 05, 6:00 PM – Aug 26, 7:30 PM
    The Thrifty Teacher Zoom Room
    Paint animals from the globe in this month of virtual painting parties! All materials are shipped directly to you or can be picked up in store. Classes are held on Zoom. Price: $80-115
  • Teacher Mix & Mingle: Donor's Choose Workshop
    Aug 08, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Laurel, 9105 All Saints Rd, Laurel, MD 20707, USA
    Donor's Choose is a crowd-source funding opportunity for schools and teachers. Come learn the tips and tricks of the program while meeting other teachers from the area.
  • Parents Night Out!: Peter Pan
    Fri, Aug 20
    The Thrifty Teacher
    Aug 20, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
    The Thrifty Teacher, 9105 All Saints Rd, Laurel, MD 20707, USA
    Every parent needs a break! Have your children come to The Thrifty Teacher for a night filled with painting, pizza, pajamas, and the movie Peter Pan! Ages 5 and up. Price: $40 for the first child, $10 family member discount

Have your young artist join The Thrifty Teacher for virtual and in person painting parties! Now sold individually.

Classes are held in person at our new Laurel, MD art studio or virtually on Zoom. Virtual supplies can be picked up or shipped right to you! $10 - $35

Discounted 4 class pack memberships available!

The Painting Parties

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Homeschooling Classes

Join other homeschooling families for an hour of painting fun while meeting COMAR requirements!


Each session will be driven by student interest and paired with a short educational video or text as their work dries.


Register for 4, 8, or 12 sessions- the more you buy, the more you save!

Classes run Fridays from 1:00pm-2:00pm!

The Thrifty Teacher provides quality before and after care programming for Laurel Woods Elementary students in a safe, fun, and engaging environment.

All staff are committed to student development, both academically and emotionally, and work to foster a love of art.

Before and After School

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Back to School Teacher Mix & Mingle Events!

Are YOU ready for Back to School?

Come join The Thrifty Teacher for our teacher Mix & Mingle workshop events. Whether it is to learn about how to start a Donor's Choose project, create using a Cricut machine or just paint with your teacher friends-The Thrifty Teacher is here to get you ready for back to school!

Do you have gently used education materials you would like to donate to our thrift store? 

Schedule a donation pickup if you live within 20 miles of Laurel, MD or drop it off at our store: 

9105 Suite L All Saints Rd. Laurel, MD

Materials Donation Pick-up