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Feb 16, 2010 09:38 AM

I think I need to be banned from TJM...

OK.. I had the chance to pop into TJMaxx today (it's my candy store).

I can't seem to find too many reviews on the Emile Henry Flame Roaster.. but they had one, so on a whim picked it up for $39.
Anyone have any experience with these?

Of course, I walked out with a couple other items.. a Shun Classic Utility knife, just couldn't leave it lying there on clearance in box at $29

and a simple Lodge 8" skillet.. I've recently been told I should really have one of these for cornbread.. so $11.. what the heck.

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  1. I don't know you and hate you already. ;) Is that really a burgundy Emile Henry? Now I wanna go, too. The closest TJM in my area is across from a big Marshall's/HomeGoods...what a happy field trip it would be if I found deals as you did. Thanks for the heads up.

    19 Replies
    1. re: kattyeyes

      It really is.. it's the flame roaster in the black finish just like in the posted link.
      Sounds like maybe it was a good thing I snapped it up.

      The TJM here gets better "finds" vs. Marshalls.
      Call yours and find out when their shipment days are and if you are going to plan a field trip, plan it on one of those days.
      It's Tues/Thurs here, I found when I was actually hunting for the all clad, le creuset and shun to restock my kitchen, I had a better chance of finding the "good stuff" on ship days.

      There is also a HUGE Mauviel 1830 stainless with non stick interior roaster that's been sitting there for $99 for a while now.
      I haven't picked it up as I have an All Clad roaster.. not non stick.. and this one is too big for my wall oven.

      I see the one here seems to have quite a few pieces of the AC copper core as well lately.

      1. re: grnidkjun

        "The TJM here gets better 'finds' vs. Marshalls."

        And, in my experience, HomeGoods gets better finds than TJMaxx!

        Really, you just have to hit them all ;-)

        1. re: Joe Blowe

          Agree with HomeGoods the best. But competition is high:)
          I love my local store, which is the combination of TJMaxx/Homegoods.

          I wish I would be banned from all those, LC outlet, WS and its outlet, and Tuesdaymorning. Then, my life were much more simple! I hate them..... just joking:)

          1. re: hobbybaker

            Went to the WS outlet on Sunday-- bought a few great things. They had the classic dish towels for $5 package!

            1. re: cheesecake17

              Hi, cheesecake- good for you! Only $5, it is a steal. I hope I can make it during this weekend. Did you get the email of 10% discount from WS outlet? My recent find was a hand soap and dish cleaning liquid - Winter Forest. I love the smell and they are so gentle to my hands. Yes, I need to be banned:)

              1. re: hobbybaker

                Nope-- didn't even know there was a discount! The WS we went to was recently converted to an outlet... and I didn't know.. better for me I guess!

                I bought the Peppermint hand soap- $1.99!

                1. re: cheesecake17

                  Chessecake - NO??? Just ask them nextime you go there. Sometime last year I was asked my email address at the time of check out at my Local WS outlet. Since then, I am getting prmotional emals for sale and some of them have a coupon of 10% for specific weekend, such as one weekend in January and president day. I always see them asking the email address to everyone at checkout. By the way, the coupon is OUTLET ONLY not for their nomal stores. You know how much I HATE them:) Another reason to go there!

                  1. re: hobbybaker

                    I get their outlet emails!! I might not have read thru my emails.. bc I wasn't planning on going there!

                    My favorite thing that I bought - salt tablets. The amount of salt needed to cook 1 lb of pasta in like a sugar cube type tablet. Now I don't need to hear my husband whining about how much salt to add..

          2. re: Joe Blowe

            funny how they are all owned by the same parent company.. well.. not sure about HomeGoods, we don't have them here. I've read good things about them from some of the posters and would definitely visit if there were one around.

            We do have TJM, Marshalls and Ross.. Ross here looks like a hurricane has been through there at any given time.

            The 3 here are all grouped together as well.

            1. re: grnidkjun

              Hi, ya, they are essentially the same group, but somehow, Marshalls refuse a gift card from Homegoods/Tjmax although the other direction always worked. I do not know why. I have three Homegoods, two TJmaxxs, two Marshalls, and two Tuesdaymorning within 20 min drive. Do you know how my life is complicated and dangerous? Yes, I need to be banned, too.

              1. re: grnidkjun

                TJMaxx/Marshalls/HomeGoods/AJ Wright are all owned by AJ Wright. They all buy from the same companies, but what actually ends up in the stores can be different. Different stores are in different areas..

                1. re: cheesecake17

                  I always thought TJMaxx was a clothing store. I need to get out more. We don't have a HomeGoods or AJ Wright. Marshalls, yes, but I've never been in there.

                  Less work, more shopping.

                  (WS outlet. I can only dream.)

                  1. re: breadchick

                    TJMaxx has housewares and cooking things too. The selection depends on the store.. but every store I've been to has some kind of cooking/baking/home section. Check out Marshalls- along the lines of TJM but different selection. I bought some white ceramic platters is Marshallas for like $7-10 each... and they retailed for like $30.

                    1. re: cheesecake17

                      Yes. They are unpredictable, but if you hit, it is really good. I bought my Mikasa porcelain dinnerware set at TJ - each dish costed me only $3. Maybe, less than Walmart?? And this brand set is not made in "CHINA". Dream Deal to me. My All-Clad SS 6 qt stock pot WITH a steamer insert $35. 1ST quality, no dent, shiny. Copper Core 0.5 qt butter warmer $50. Ralf Lauren's elegant white Table Cloth $19.99. Yes, when they have it, it is really good. Since I got to know them, I rarely go to BBB, as even with 20% off coupon, it cannot be matched.

                      1. re: hobbybaker

                        I agree, we have a BBB right next to Marshall's - and I almost never go to BBB any more. We have a TJM and a Home Goods fairly close by too. Love them all. Over the years I have purchased so much great stuff for my kitchen at these stores at a fraction of the price I would have had to pay elsewhere - I don't know what I'd do without them.

                        1. re: flourgirl

                          HI! BBB right next to Marshall's. I would say a bad location for BBB! However, BBB has one definite advantage - predictability. You know what they have and you can get 20% off, there. Some of their inventories are so boring, no suprise, although they recently have a wider sale sections. On the other hand, Homegoods/TJ/Marschalls gives you always a surprise

                          1. re: hobbybaker

                            Yes, you're right about BBB's predicitability. Yawn. ;)

                            Home Goods around here is especially good. I don't think I've ever gone there without finding something I just have to have. (That store is downright DANGEROUS to people like us.)

                    2. re: breadchick

                      I bought my very first stemware there. Definitely seconds, as it turned out. It adds something to the party when the stems snap off in your guests' hands ;)

                    3. re: cheesecake17

                      "TJMaxx/Marshalls/HomeGoods/AJ Wright are all owned by AJ Wright."

                      Minor point of correction: They're all owned by The TJX Companies, Inc. See my link posted above...

            2. Not fair! The only Shun product I've ever seen at our TJM is the electric knife sharpener! (Of course, I've only been looking for Shun stuff since December, so maybe I'm not giving myself enough of a chance yet?) They do get AC-CC pieces in sometimes, but most of the AC stuff lately has been the triply, LTD, or coated versions. I got my AC-CC 10" skillet there for $100 & now use it exclusively. I also found a 10" Calphalon SS triply skillet for $20 & bought it, just to compare it to the AC-CC. I told the rest of the family to use the Calphalon if they ever wanted to try SS, but PLEASE stay away from "my" AC-CC!!

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              1. re: Eiron

                Eiron.. if I post all the AC, Shun and LC I have found by haunting the TJM.. you might hate me like kattyeyes did. ;) (kidding)

                I'm telling you.. find out their shipment days and plan your treasure hunting on those days.. I've also found that there is one TJM within 30 minutes of me that receives better cookware items than another one also 30 minutes away in another direction.. Like Joe said.. you have to visit them all and figure out on their shipment days.. who is more likely to receive what.

                Marshalls here is much better for shoes.. but that's a whole other board!! lol

                Oh.. and like you.. I have Calphalon and Henckels knives to keep others away from my Shuns! :D

                1. re: grnidkjun

                  So true! The Marshall's near me gets some great shoes!-

                  1. re: grnidkjun

                    Yes, I did ask for their delivery days, but they're weekdays & most of my jobs are in the opposite direction. (TJM is 20 minutes north, & every job for the last 12 yrs is an hour south.) Now that I'm jobless, I have more time to shop, but no money to spend! :-(

                    Our local Marshalls & Ross stores don't carry nearly the housewares that TJM does. I did snag the Calphalon skillet from Marshalls, but I've never found much else.

                    1. re: grnidkjun

                      Just had to come back and share a few of my finds. :)

                      1. re: grnidkjun


                        Looks like (from left to right):

                        Shun Ken Onion small Chef's knife
                        Shun Pro Deba
                        Wusthof Ikon Chef's knife
                        Henckels Professional S
                        Shun Classic Chef's knife
                        Shun Claissc Chef's knife
                        Henckels 4 star

                    2. re: Eiron


                      It is true. Grinidkjun has like 6 Shun knives from TJM. It is ridiculous.

                        1. re: grnidkjun


                          I don't know if you know this. Eiron (greg) love Shun knives. I think we have initially recommended all kind of knives to him like Wusthof, Shun, Tojiro.... and he kept on saying how Shun fits his hand perfectly.

                          Hey Eiron (Greg),
                          You are the only person I know here that said Shun has great handle. Don't get me wrong Shun makes great knives. I know many people say Shun knives have great steel, good warranty, great this and that, but I know many people complain about Shun handle being too small or too asymmetic....

                          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                            another fan here.. I love how they cut and they are heads and tails above anything else I've ever had the opportunity to own.. might help that I have small hands too though.

                            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                              It's funny, I actually prefer the smaller Shun handles to the larger ones. The grip just seems more natural for me. As a consequence, I only have the two small Shuns. Since everyone here is right-handed, having an asym handle is actually very beneficial.

                              I still think it's not fair that grnidkjun can find a Shun utility for half of what I paid at BBB, even WITH a 20% coupon! Wahhhh...!!!

                              1. re: Eiron


                                Life is pretty unfair, isn't it? Sigh. There is one advantage you have. Kai will honor your Shun knives warranty because you bougth them at Bed Bath and Beyond -- you may have to keep your receipt or something. I am not sure if Kai will extend warranty to Shun knives bought from TJMaxx. Grinidkjun, you can weight in on this one.

                                That being said and all, unless you are going to break more than half of your Shun knives (>50%), Grnidkjun will still be financially ahead of you on these purchases.

                                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                  I don't believe it matters where I bought them. There is no registration and no information that purchasing at tjm voids any warranty.
                                  they were all brand new in the box, not seconds.

                                  1. re: grnidkjun


                                    How can I tell if a product is "second" or not? I am told (maybe even by you) that there are many second product at TJ, HomeGoods... .. At first, I thought second mean second hand, but then I were told second means products did not pass full quality control and are sold in discount stores and warranty may not exist. Something about Le Cresuet cookware in TJMaxx and HomeGood are usually second.

                                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                      they are labeled or marked.
                                      LeCreuset has an orange label on theirs stating second choix.
                                      Usually there is a chip in the enamel or simply a fade or off spot on the color.
                                      Chips I avoid.. color variation does not bother me.

                                      All Clad has an S stamped somewhere into the handle if it is a second.
                                      Usually meaning scratches, missing lid or something. Maybe some very slight uneven riveting. None of my AC seconds are warped.. they all lay flat on the stovetop and cook beautifully.. even if there was a scratch or two not made by me.

                                      1. re: grnidkjun

                                        Oh! Is that what the sticker is for. I thought I was behaving well and the teacher gave me a sticker. Seriously, I didn't know the sticker is for that. Yes, now that you mentioned it, I think I have seen the letter "S" underneath some stainless steel cookware, but they are like hand written "S" with a permenant marker. I didn't know that is a "S" until you mentioned it. It just looked like some sloppy curves to me -- at the time.

                                        Seriously, I think I learn many TJM/HomeGood stuffs from you. It is almost like talking to a staff member there :) By the way, does these codes apply for all discount stores, like Ross, Marshall...

                                        Cool. How do you know these stuffs? Did you like a staff member?

                                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                          On my AllClad it's not written on with marker.. it's actually engraved into the metal under the handles.

                                          As far as shipment days.. I just asked a staff member.

                                          I suppose I learned a lot about what I was looking for by researching these boards and when I'm at the store.. at TJM, the price shows "our price" and "retail price" so even if the label doesn't tell you the exact dimensions of the pan you are looking at and if I can't tell exactly.. I take my smartphone with me and look up from a retailer the AC pans in that style and look for the price close to what TJM has listed and I have to say they have been right on the money of displaying what I would pay retail vs. their price.

                                          It helps me to know if I am getting a good deal or should I wait and see if it hits clearance. Not too many people around here are willing to spend so much for one pan or knife.

                                          These codes apply for Ross and Marshalls. I imagine for HomeGoods as well since they are owned by the same company.
                                          Though really the markings I'm speaking of.. are specific to All Clad and LeCreuset. These stickers and engraved markings come from the manufacturer.. not the retailer.

                                          Most everything else is overruns.. or refurbished items such as TJM here has recently had kitchen aid blenders, mixers, toasters that were refurbished.

                                          I also like to trend how much I've "saved" in my treasure hunting and keep a spreadsheet on my phone.. plus it keeps me from duplicating anything in my excitement to find something "good". ;o)

                                          1. re: grnidkjun

                                            It might sound silly.. but I figure there are worse habits I could have other than enjoying nice cookware and finding a good price on it. Doesn't hurt that I actually use it too. :D

                                            1. re: grnidkjun

                                              Yes, I agree. It is indeed a good hobby for you. I do not know it is ECONOMICAL hobby or not after all, but at least you will walk inside of the store, too. Good for your health. Also you stay very alert for deals. Good for your brain.

                                              My today's finding: Unfortunately, NO major cookware but FULL of groumet ingrediences. Estate olive oils, champaign vinnegars, fig preserves, Brand European coffees. My cart was half full. Paid around $70. Again, I tell you it is not an economical hobby. Also, BBB doesn't have those!

                                            2. re: grnidkjun


                                              I have a strong feeling that not all TJM or HomeGood are the same. Maybe the TJM and HomeGoods... get better stuffs, seriously.

                                              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                Hobby - no.. not always economical.. though I'm sticking with the notion it was as I really did want to replace my over 10 yr old Nonstick cookware and old henckels eversharp line of knives. So, in that respect. I'm going with the notion it was.. now it's become an ongoing hunt. lol

                                                I like plundering their spices and such as well. :) find all kinds of nifty stuff in there to try.

                                                I like you're logic.. I think I'm going to adopt it as well. lol

                                                Chem.. no, they are not all the same. I have 2 TJM within 30 miles in different directions. One is much better about the cookware and everything else they receive.. the other.. well.. does not usually get the consistent flow of nicer cookware, though occasionally get some random pieces.

                                                Each store gets different shipments.

                                                1. re: grnidkjun

                                                  Yes, sorry about the typo in the previous post. I meant your TJM and HomeGoods probably have better selection. Ciao.

                                                  1. re: grnidkjun

                                                    grindkjun - My guess for all those gourmet things is that they are part of gift baskets for holiday seasons, which might not be sold well especially last year. I saw them at Whole Foods with higher tag and wondered who can justify the price these days, so I was happy to see they are priced less than half there.

                                                    Yes, I try to be logical because it is a life necessity. I have the other person in my household, who is very logical and gives me a suspicious look whenever noticing something new in my kitchen. Well, he has at least become quiet after all the meals made with LC; a good endorsement to me.

                          2. Folks we've had to remove a number of off-topic replies from this thread. We'd ask that people keep the conversation friendly and focused, or we'll be forced to lock or remove the thread.

                            1. I haven't checked long time but went to my local Marshalls today. Encountered a AC SS pizza pan just for $59. It is second and has only one very small minor dent near one of the rivets. So, my All-Clad collection has grown! I know heavy duty alminum can do excellent job and it is more affordable, but I sart to feel I am kind of collecting their tri-ply ovenware because they look so great on the table.

                              Also, they have a 12" skillet for $69 (w/o lid) and a 11" french skillet for $49! They don't even have any "S" mark on the handles.