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What happened to old-fashioned household string?

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Blinkins Jul 4, 2011 01:55 PM

I just ran out of my kitchen string - you know the old-fashioned, cotton white string you can break with your hands? I've searched every store I can think of in the Oakville/Burlington area and cannot locate - the closest thing I've found is what is referred to as 'Medium Household Twine' at a big box hardware store - but it's much rougher than the old stuff and can't be broken with a good tug. Has anyone purchased string in the last year - if so where!! I've tried grocery, hardware, dollar stores - even Cdn Tire - they sent me to the rope section - but alas, only rope and more twine.

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  1. justsayn RE: Blinkins Jul 4, 2011 02:38 PM

    dollar stores maybe?

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      Blinkins RE: justsayn Jul 4, 2011 05:59 PM

      Thx. I've tried a couple of different ones - no luck so far.

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      Tatai RE: Blinkins Jul 4, 2011 03:12 PM

      Ask your local bakery where they get theirs. I would imagine the string you're looking for is what bakeries use to tie up cake boxes.

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        Blinkins RE: Tatai Jul 4, 2011 06:04 PM

        You're right - that is usually the right kind of string (easy to break by just pulling sharply, softer than twine or cord) - I'll do that - thanks for the idea. I just assumed it would be sitting in the grocery store like it always was, but guess it's no longer a staple household item.

      2. jayt90 RE: Blinkins Jul 4, 2011 03:25 PM

        Highland Farms sells butcher cord at the meat counter. There is one in Mississauga.

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        850 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

        Highland Farms
        3300 Rutherford Rd, Vaughan, ON L4K 5Z2, CA

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          HillJ RE: Blinkins Jul 4, 2011 03:27 PM

          Around here (NJ) ShopRite sells it by the poultry, baking and housewares aisles. Have you tried asking the grocery butcher, bakery mgr or customer service dept?

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            HillJ RE: HillJ Jul 4, 2011 06:08 PM

            Another thought is Bed, Bath & Beyond, Sur La Table, Crate & Barrel or Williams-Sonoma.
            Plenty of choices thru Amazon:
            http://www.amazon.com/Quality-Park-16...

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              Blinkins RE: HillJ Jul 4, 2011 06:22 PM

              Thx HillJ - I really don't want to get into paying shipping on something that should cost a twoonie though :) but I will check BB&B (although online they only sell sets with a stand and scissors) and I see a Crate & Barrel just opened in Mississauga so next time I'm that way I'll check there. Not sure about the others - can't think of either being close by. When I do find it - I'm stocking up for sure!

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                HillJ RE: Blinkins Jul 4, 2011 08:15 PM

                I hear ya on the shipping. I'm sure you'll score some thru BBB. I can relate to the frustration that (sometimes) comes with tracking down a simple, favorite kitchen tool/item.

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            minto RE: Blinkins Jul 4, 2011 08:28 PM

            Perhaps you can try some Chinese grocery or houseware store.

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              Blinkins RE: Blinkins Jul 8, 2011 06:32 AM

              UPDATE - found it! Had to go to another city with a big Home Hardware (ours is a smaller store - little stock of anything).

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