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For example, "Confectionaries" is to refer to all kinds of candy. I'm looking for a word to describe all sorts of things one might find on the office table (pen, paper, paper clips etc)

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Office paraphernalia might work.

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Stationery might work. It mainly means paper and writing implements, but it can also mean staplers etc.

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    Can you improve your answer by providing some support such as an example of stationery being used in such a broad way?
    – Phil Sweet
    May 6 '16 at 15:05
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First of all, I believe that you’re talking about a desk.  An office would have tables in conference rooms (for meetings) and for food, but these tables generally wouldn’t have pens, paper clips, etc., on them (except, perhaps, during meetings).

I can’t think of a good single (collective) word for those items, but office supplies seems to be a very common phrase.

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  • Right. I was just finding it hard to describe. I was really looking for the term to refer to "things used to perform an activity" and I remember "paraphernalia" used in conjunction with "office supplies". A tip of the tongue moment :) @KWinker solved it
    – krisharav
    May 18 '16 at 16:29

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