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What are your fav places to buy kitchen goods?

Quetie Jul 26, 2007 01:28 PM

My fav places that have the best clearance sections are Macy's, Khol's, Williams and Sonoma, Wal-Mart (when they had the Kitchen aid stuff), Big Lots (found some Pottery barn and Crate and Barrel stuff in there), Dillards. Other fav's are Costo, BJ's, TJ maxx, Ross, Marshalls.

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    bbc Jul 26, 2007 02:08 PM

    You seem to have covered them all!! I agree about TJMaxx type stores for certain things & Costco for appliances. I'd add restaurant supply stores & Asian groceries. cheap cheap!! (and generally some good quality stuff)

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      MMRuth Jul 26, 2007 02:11 PM

      As bbc said, you've hit a lot of the good places. I'd also recommend Tuesday Morning as a good outlet, but I also like Bridgekitchenware.com - they have good sales sometimes, decent shipping costs, and an incredible selection of high quality products.

      Bridge Kitchenware
      49 Eagle Rock Ave, East Hanover, NJ 07936

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        jfood Aug 10, 2007 06:53 PM

        bridge is an unbelievable place to buy stuff. when they have items on sale you get great pieces at great prices.

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          MMRuth Aug 11, 2007 07:46 AM

          Yes - their sales are great - I bought a lot of my "big ticket" items from them when I lived in Miami - at one time they had really cheap shipping on heavy items.

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          itryalot Aug 11, 2007 10:09 AM

          I can't wait to go to New York so I can go there. Good old Martha always shops there. I did a google search and noticed they have a website.

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            coney with everything Aug 13, 2007 08:08 AM

            I second Tuesday Morning. Some name brand things are unbelievably cheap there, but it's a total crapshoot as to what you'll find. I do also like Asian groceries for little bowls and mugs, sometimes knives and other odds and ends. If I need a specific thing, I hang on to my BB&B or Linens n Things coupons and just go get what I want.

            Absolute favorite place to shop is Kitchen Port in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

        3. mimilulu Jul 26, 2007 02:23 PM

          Amazon.com. Got lots of Le Creuset there and my Cuisinart brick oven (free shipping!)... also shop the sales at Williams Sonoma and Sur La Table. Le Creuset and Crate & Barrel outlets. Home Goods (like a huge TJMaxx without the clothes!) is fun, usually Costco for appliances, flatware, etc. But if I need something in a hurry I go to BB&B or a local cookware store called Great News.

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            foodwich Jul 26, 2007 03:50 PM

            agree you have it all covered. had a question has anyone seen staub on sale ? looking for a 5 qt dutch oven. thanks

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              foodstorm Jul 26, 2007 04:47 PM

              All of the above, plus the Le Creuset Outlet. I could wander for hours in Great News!
              Even if I'm not buying anything I like to just hang out in these stores!

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                HungryLetsEat Aug 10, 2007 06:53 AM

                Where are the Le Creuset outlets?? I need a dutch oven.

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                  foodstorm Aug 14, 2007 08:37 AM


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                Kelli2006 Jul 27, 2007 08:48 AM

                Restaurant supply tores and Bed bath and Beyond.

                Ethnic groceries are always a good place to buy regional tools and cookware.

                1. Candy Jul 27, 2007 11:25 AM

                  TJ Maxx, Homegoods, and Sur la Table. SLT because of the huge selection and if you have something specific in mind you can count on usually finding it there. The other two for the pure fun of never knowing what might be there.

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                    Quetie Jul 30, 2007 06:04 AM

                    I recently visited Home Goods and could not believe it. I never knew about it and didn't know it's a subsidiary of TJMaxx. See, I didn't have it all covered!

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                      MakingSense Jul 30, 2007 08:57 AM

                      Estate sales. Sales of goods from homes of people downsizing to move to condos. Concentrate on upscale neighborhoods. Vintage, sometimes antique, stuff is often of much higher quality than is available today. Linens, china, crystal, serving pieces, silver holloware. Heavy pots, bakeware and unusual kitchen tools.. Lots of real treasures. Some might need a good cleaning but are in great shape because they were quality to begin with.
                      Why buy reproductions of vintage items at high cost when you can have the real thing?

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                        swsidejim Jul 30, 2007 09:06 AM

                        I go to a local restaurant supply company that has a retail outlet. High quality product, awesome selection, and great prices. I like usig the same types of pots, pans, baking sheets, cutiing boards, utensils, etc that I used when I was a cook back in the day.

                        I do not buy anything at places like Willaims & Sonoma, Sur la Table, or the other chains. They are too pricy, and lack the selection I am used to.

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                          Kelli2006 Jul 30, 2007 01:21 PM

                          swsidejim you sound like me.
                          I used to bake professionally and still help a friend with her catering business and I have yet to be turned away from a restaurant supply store, even when I am only looking to purchase a few items.

                          I have added you to my list of other Chowhounds to read. I hope that you don't mind.

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                            swsidejim Jul 30, 2007 01:29 PM

                            I have added you to my list as well.

                            I love my restaurant supply store also. I can spend hours in there looking at all of their product. What I like about their products is that it is made for restaurants, and hotels, and is really durable, and surprisingly affordable.

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                            manraysky Aug 2, 2007 02:13 PM

                            I'm a big fan of restaurant supply stores. Full disclosure: I work for one. While I like the looks of the pretty things at places like Sur la Table, I'm strictly about uitlity in my kitchen.
                            I've also bought a fair amount of stuff at my local Goodwills store.

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                            Quetie Aug 2, 2007 09:36 AM

                            Oh I found another place! Http://www.cookswarehouse.com but its only local to this area,.

                            1. bards4 Aug 2, 2007 09:41 AM

                              For baking stuff (and other fun stuff), I like www.bakerscatalogue.com. It's part of the King Arthur Flour company, and I have always been happy with what I have received from them.

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                                chuckl Aug 2, 2007 10:19 AM

                                ebay. you can get phenomenal values on there. I've bought a lot of knives that way. Go hold them and see how they fit your hand at a local store, then shop ebay.

                                1. revsharkie Aug 2, 2007 01:53 PM

                                  I buy gadgets at the grocery store, sometimes. Younkers (local-ish department stores found in the malls around here) has tons of Fiestaware. There's a place in the mall in Omaha called "Le Gourmet Chef" that I have a feeling is a store mainly geared toward posers, but they have a back section all full of good, heavy utensils and gadgets (though not an olive pitter, which is what I was looking for last time I was there).

                                  Years ago you could get wonderful kitchen stuff at Kobos in Portland, but they sorta went back to just dealing in coffee. I actually registered there when I got married, because I already had the basics, so I registered for odd things that looked cool but that I probably would never buy for myself.

                                  I have bought a few things at Target. But most of my stuff is hand-me-downs from various relatives.

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                                    Whitners Aug 2, 2007 02:16 PM

                                    Mine definitely has to be Surfas in Culver City, CA. They have all the tools and pans you can think of as well as hard to find food items. When you go in there it is truly heaven.

                                    Whitnee Haston

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                                      Quetie Aug 10, 2007 05:53 AM

                                      Oh and another place, Ikea! I have bought their .50 spatulas ,glass bowls, and several cutting boards . They have all sorts of cooking utensils.

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                                        dalaimama Aug 10, 2007 06:32 AM

                                        Restaurant supply stores and hardware stores or sporting goods stores. Places like Academy sell cast iron and inexpensive enamelware. I use the big enamel pots for pickling. I also bought a huge basic stockpot for brewing beer at Target for $15. For cooking applications such as brewing or pickling, it's nice to have a single-use stockpot so your bock doesn't have a faint tinge of pickled jalapenos!

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                                          JCap Aug 14, 2007 05:47 PM

                                          Ikea for smaller items (strainers, supplies for my grill area like an extra pepper grinder).
                                          bigtray.com (a good online restauraunt supply store)
                                          I also check cooksillustrated.com for whch kitchen good to buy

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                                            fwilhelm Aug 14, 2007 06:42 PM

                                            In Canada, we have some other sources. Costco ranks high for me. What they do not have is carried either by Canadian Tire or Linens'n'things. And for small stuff or for experiments, Ikea is my choice. As soon as we can clear cabinetspace, a bamboo steamer will be added, from the local Asian store.

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