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Oct 8, 2008 09:53 PM

Who loves TJ Maxx for discount kitchen stuff? I do.

It takes a little looking around but I always find kitchen gems when I go to TJ Maxx. I am talking about cheap all clad pans, german knives, baking dishes, cutting boards strange stuff for the kitchen that I never wanted but buy anyway. The only thing I hate about that store is how bad it is for my impulse shopping habit (I stand by the giant metal pineapple that I got for 75 cents). Anybody else love it there? Anybody hate it? What other stores do you go to for good cheap kitchen stuff?

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  1. Gotta agree -- also like Marshall's/Home Goods. The trick at either of these places is to be patient (most of the stuff is junk) and persistent (when the good stuff is in stock, it doesn't stay very long).

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    1. re: MikeB3542

      I'm a huge fan of all three of these stores. It's true that most of the stuff is junk, It's also absolutely true that there are real treasures to be found. And that is indeed the secret to these places, patience and persistence. Patience also pays off in the sense that if you have your eye on something in particular, like a certain utensil for example, sooner or later it will almost always end up on the shelves of one of these three stores. That has worked out very well for me many times over the years. I love the thrill of finding something on the shelves that I've been coveting for ages at a fraction of the price I originally saw it for. I'm also very discriminating about what I buy there. If I don't absolutely love it and/or absolutely need it, it goes back on the shelf. All in all I have an amazingly well stocked kitchen and it's almost all thanks to these stores. (Amazon helps a lot too.)

      It actually amazes me that there are still so many people walking around who don't get the fabulousness of these places. But then that just means more treasure for us!

      1. re: flourgirl

        "It actually amazes me that there are still so many people walking around who don't get the fabulousness of these places."

        I'm one of them. While I LOVE great finds @ steal prices, I HATE shopping. Especially malls & disorganised stores. Too bad TJ Maxx doesn't offer online shopping....

        1. re: OCAnn

          I really meant that there are a lot of people who don't know about the fabulous finds that can be found at stores like these. I can completely understand someone who just doesn't like shopping in such places. And I don't like malls much either. I live fairly close to a pretty big one and if I shop there 3 times a year it's a lot.

      2. re: MikeB3542

        +1 for Marshalls. (We don't have a TJ Maxx that close to our new place.) Also a big fan of Tuesday Morning.

        And, yes. Patience is key. :)

      3. So you're the one who got away with my pineapple! :-)

        1. We check them regularly not just for the cookware etc but also for the Keiller's Orange Marmalade in the white jar, which is close to half the price of other places. Occasionally you can also find the Keiller's Ginger Marmalade which is out of this world. But like Flourgirl says you have to be patient and check often.

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          1. re: giveittomikey

            I always check the "edibles" aisle. I love love love Napa Valley Harvest Balsamic vinegar, the "O" line of vinegars and La Tourangelle oils (the roasted walnut is fantastic), all of which regularly appear on the shelves and sell for much less than I could get them anywhere else, most likely on-line. I also find stuff like interesting finishing salts and some excellent preserves.

            1. re: flourgirl

              The O line is really nice. I almost forgot about the 5$ bags of whole bean coffee.

            2. re: giveittomikey

              Trader Joe's has that marmalade during the late winter months for a decent price, at least where I am.

              1. re: giveittomikey

                Yes, the edibles aisle-- good cheap coffee, Neuhaus chocolates and cookies, interesting looking teas, and novelty oils (almond, hazelnut)

                1. re: oryza

                  I have to say that I always worry about how old some of the food items must be by the time they get to TJMaxx.

                  1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                    Most, if not all carry some sort of expiration date. I'm usually more surprised at how un-out-of-date some of the items are. However, items like the nut oils in tins, which tend to go rancid under the best storage and transport conditions, I shy away from regardless of whether they bear a date or not.

                    1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                      I trust dry goods that don't really go bad. I worried about the coffee at first. It had clearly been repackaged and was too cheap. But when I brewed a pot the grounds released co2 like they were fresh and the coffee tasted good. A lot of the things tjmaxx carries are simply overstock and not necessarily old. Other stuff is "defective" but personally I have no problem buying a pan for cheap because of some minute aesthetic imperfection.

                      1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                        I was concerned about this at first too, but like ferret said, most of the items carry expiration dates. Still, I usually don't buy stuff like cookies, etc. because of that concern. But I have had absolutely nothing but great experiences with the salts, spices, extracts, prserves, vinegars and yes, even nut oils that I've purchased there. (I only buy the nut oils with expiration dates - and so far I've had no problems with anything tasting even close to being rancid.)

                        1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                          My sister calls that section at those stores "Used Food."

                          Pretty apt.

                          I've bought a few completely inedible pieces of gar-bage there. Will never purchase another item, regardless of its purported shelf-life.

                          However, I get all manner of gadgets in those aisles. At this point, I have everything I could ever want except for a pricey chinoise. When/if I find one uber-cheap, I'll get it and complete my kitchen.

                    2. They are fantastic! Over time I have put together a nicely stocked kitchen on a tight budget.

                      I actually do best at Tuesday Morning. I moved from an area with just one Tuesday Morning to a new town with probably 5 of them plus a Home Goods. Gets me giddy just thinking about it!!! Note to self: must go shopping...


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                      1. re: meatn3

                        I have heard over and over that Tuesday Morning is the best of these kinds of stores. I wish one would open up near us.

                        1. re: flourgirl

                          The have been expanding in my area (NC). I just looked them up on Wikipedia - says they are in 47 states. They can be hard to find, they locate in lower rent spots off the main drag. It looks like the do sell on-line too, but I haven't looked to see if the on-line selection is comparable to the store selection.

                          I do really well there, it is my go-to for just about anything. I gave my SO's mother a gift from there. She liked it so much that she wanted to purchase one for a friend. I just couldn't tell her where I got it, I didn't want her to see how inexpensive it was....I finally just bought another and gave it to her for the friend & refused her money! A looks like $50 item can be $7 -$10 there, and be very nice quality too.

                          I've found glazed ceramic tagines for $10, Le Creuset ceramic bean pot style casserole for $30, very nice mandolins for $10...

                          Too bad they are closed at 2 am! I'm ready to go...

                      2. Oh yes, I love TJ Maxx too!

                        It's usually my first stop when I'm looking for anything for my kitchen.