So there is this store Homegoods...
And from what I understand they basically buy products from higher end retailers at wholesale prices that didn't sell quick enough and then sell them to us at a reasonable discount. And there are some CRAZY deals there.
Once the stuff goes to Homegoods it is priced based on quality and whatever the retail price is. However if it doesn't sell at Homegoods quick enough, eventually they will mark it down AGAIN in an effort to just move the merchandise. The result of this is that you can get some amazing deals if you are willing to be patient and hunt for the right opportunity.
Case in point I went there looking for a cheap, albeit decent, non stick skillet (I tend to use them/throw them out when they start to wear) and found one for a good price. And then I noticed there was some stainless cookware...
My three most used pieces are my All-Clad 8 inch fry pan, my Le Creuset 10.25 inch Cast Iron skillet and my Le Creuset 5 1/2 quart french oven. They were all gifts because I can't afford !@$# that nice lol. Then I have a terrible disc bottomed 10 inch stainless pan that I hate and never use.
So Homegoods had about 7 or 8 All Clad Tri Ply 10 inchers. They all were selling for 59.99 which is already a good deal. However I noticed two had been additionally marked down to 39.99. These pieces are NOT seconds. I asked the woman that worked at the store why these two were cheaper and she pointed out the additional price sticker indicating they had been on the shelf for a while.
Long story short I picked up a $115 10 inch stainless pan for 40 bucks. Aside from a few faint scratches (likely acquired just from sitting around) the pan is brand new and immaculate. Hopefully it will also last forever. Just figured this was a good heads up for people who are interested in scoring high end cookware without spending a fortune. I'm only 2 years out of college and wasn't exactly in the market for All-Clad.
Lastly, for those wondering if there isn't something mysteriously wrong with this pan or if it's a counterfeit. I went to WS to compare my pan to theirs and found no discrepancies (it also had a tag and the part numbers matched). The pan is so flawless that I washed it and set it on the counter one day to dry. A few days later I picked it up to look at it and noticed that the bottom was STILL wet as well as a pool of water left where it had been sitting. The bottom of a METAL pan was so flawlessly level that it had formed a perfect seal with my counter and trapped water between the two surfaces for at least 3 days.
Seriously. Check this place out.
Homegoods is a sister company of TJMaxx (not the company I I erroneously stated earlier) -- the clothing retailer.
Yes, it's all completely legitimate high-end goods -- they sell past-season and discontinued merchandise at huge discounts.
The good news is you can get great prices on really good stuff...the bad news is that you can't just walk in thinking "I am going to buy an All Clad saute pan today" -- because they may or may not have EXACTLY what you're looking for...but you can go in looking for a good-quality saute pan.
In the US TJMaxx, Marshalls and Homegoods are all under the TJMaxx umbrella. Homegoods carries only cookware, tableware, and gourmet food stuffs... whereas the other 2 stores sell clothing for the family as well as homegoods. Great stores for wonderful bargains! I'm lucky to have both a TJXX & Marshalls near where I live and a Homegoods not too far away...
I've been a Homegoods lover for at least 10 years. Much of my cookware and other kitchen stuff (plus bedding, towels, etc etc etc) is from there. Love it!
The only items there that are "seconds" that I've seen are the Le Creuset items, but they are marked as such.
Another one of those places "not on the way" for most errands. BUT, if in area, I ALWAYS stop in and head right to the housewares. Have found some very nice ev olive oils and pure maple syrups there. Once found ground chipotle. Would love to find an enamel, cast iron, Dutch oven for CHEAP! WOuld even consider a "second" with minor dings.
Great store. I buy kitchen towels from there often. Also, some gourmet food (spices, cheese crackers, flavored coffee), nonstick skillets. Recently bought a creamer to match my dishes for $2.
Great place to buy a hostess gift. I've bought an inexpensive cake plate and put a homemade cake on it. Platter and small matching bowl for crudités and dip. A vase to fill with candy.
In Canada, HomeSense is the Canadian equivalent of HomeGoods and also part of the TJX Companies Inc.
Like others here, I've found some great deals on brand name cookware, Le Creuset in particular. In most cases my pieces were factory seconds w a slight imperfection.
Not sure if this is the case in the US but here in Canada I've recently noticed that HomeSense is selling items that have been manufactured/produced specifically for HomeSense. They might have another name on the tag/label but if you read the fine print, you'll see a notation that the goods were produced/manufactured/packaged for HomeSense. I read an article somewhere about this and apparently when the economy tanked, many retailers took a much closer look at their inventory mgt systems and ordered fewer items resulting in less surplus for re-sellers like the TJX companies. As a result, these re-sellers had to start ordering their own merchandise. I've seen notations such as this on cookware but also on smaller items such as food. Recently I was looking for saffron and saw a Spanish brand I wasn't familiar with. On closer inspection I saw the notation that this product (w a Spanish sounding name) was imported expressly for HomeSense.
This is absolutely true for most outlets these days. I used to work for a large retailer in their corporate offices and found out that many of the things in their outlets were made just for the outlet. For example, if you saw a dress in silk with pockets at the actual store, in the outlet, the dress would look the same but be a poly blend and the pockets were only decorative.
That being said, the items do have to be labeled as such so you need to be careful about reading the fine print!
About ten years ago I replaced my old Farberware with Cuisinart Everyday stainless pans which I picked up as I found them at Home Goods. This line of pans is no longer made by Cuisinart, but for me they are quite good, and built like a tanks. I don't think they would work on induction, because they have copper discs between other layers.
At any rate one of the pans did develop some problems. It developed marks on the inside bottom, which looked to me like stainless wearing through. Ultimately I got rid of the pan. But the other Cuisinart pans have performed quite well.
I've also bought other pans, knives and kitchenware at Home Goods. Count yourself lucky!
love love love homegoods! DH got me an all clad pan there for next to nothing.
ETA: when my brother got married they needed stuff for their kitchen. I bought a laundry basked at filled it with cookie sheets, muffin tins, measuring cups, etc. all from home goods. lots of "bang for the buck" there. :)