Dear NewGal and Tiny Traveler,>>>>save your money and buy here, you can find everything over here.
Yes you can find almost everything over here however it may take you forever to locate the exact thing you want. The Interior Designer that I am I am very picky about the items that grace my home. If you know what you like bring photos and dimensions of furniture you want and you can have them made here.
You can buy a cheap sofa set (quality like the cheaper Ikea sofas) just so you have something to sit on until you can get your custom made furniture which will be worth the wait. Then sell the cheap stuff to the Rububekia Guy ( guy that buys used items). If you don't want to wait for custom built items there are several furniture stores in the Maadi area that sell American/European style furniture.
Go grocery shopping at Carrefour and they usually have a souce book (book filled with adds for furniture, tile, doors, almost anything to decorate a home; found in the magazine section) for about 50LE that will help you in locating the different stores you might want.
Things that I wish I would have brought with me when I came:
heavy LARGE frying pan that does not have Teflon. Found one 1 for USA$150...yeah I am waiting to go home for a visit and get mine.
Weather stripping (Took me forever to find that and haven't seen again)
Down bed pillows Have only found fiber fill pillows.
Down comforter Yes it gets cold and many places are drafty. Note I am not bringing my winter down comforter but my summer down comforter.
Tennis shoes/trainers for daughter to grow into. I have not seen a pair of TS for her that were not absolutely gaudy and ugly or of decent quality that were not USA$100+
Craft items for kids I have found nock off crayons here but they are the cheap quality ones that you get given at restaurants, that don't really color but just leave shavings everywhere.
The problem with buying anything here is if you see it this time buy it because you may never see it again.
Did you go to Samir & Aly stationaries? They have good quality stuff (like Faber Castell etc), but maybe not the same big choice you have in you country. Here: Egypt Yellow Pages ? Online Business Directory & Local Search Engine ? Search you will find where Samir & Aly stores are located.Craft items for kids I have found nock off crayons here but they are the cheap quality ones that you get given at restaurants, that don't really color but just leave shavings everywhere.