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Any places left in MKE for inexpensive kitchen gadgets?

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exvaxman Feb 12, 2013 10:22 PM

I am a gadet-a-holic.
I used to love the Rival outlet in Kewaskum where their "research" dept. sold off things they bought to test (when they shut that down I literally made two trips with a truck thinking the wife would kill me. She loved the fact "we" had Xmas gifts for the next two years). Same with the West Bend outlet. Lotsa neat stuff. The Salton outlet in the old discount mall on the way to Lake Geneva was fun as well (three truck loads there when they went under-everyone got $15 rotisserie ovens that year marked down from $150).

Any places left for discount gadgets?
I've gotten a $10 commercial vitamix at Goodwill, lotsa "as seen on TV" that people succumbed to for the cheap at Goodwill and St. Vinnies, and loads of cookbooks that threaten to sink the house at those places.

But I still "need" more gadgets to play with. Boelter is just too expensive <grin>.

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    ginkonut Feb 20, 2013 05:09 PM

    $10 Vitamix? That is really a score! My husband has no idea how much ours cost so i won't get into it...

    Not sure how competitive the pricing is at Boelters on Port Washington- but looks like they have a nice selection.

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      Scoutmaster Feb 21, 2013 12:46 PM

      7 Mile Fair = not my cup of tea - too Rummage O Ramma-ish.

      My neighbor came home with a bunch of {live} chickens once just to save them from someone's dinner table.

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        Fydeaux Feb 21, 2013 02:51 PM

        Does your neighbor think that the chickens that end up on his/her dinner table were not at some point alive?

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          Fowler Feb 21, 2013 03:17 PM

          I'm thinking free eggs for the next five years or so.

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            Scoutmaster Feb 21, 2013 04:26 PM

            They ended up being "pets" with an occasional egg. One by one they were prey to other animals over the course of 2 years.

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          exvaxman Feb 21, 2013 01:58 PM

          Boelter is not cheap.
          Good commercial equipment, good for cleaning supplies,
          some decently priced small items.

          My commercial french fry cutter was 1/3 the Boelter price from an amazon affiliate.

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          Fydeaux Feb 20, 2013 06:14 AM

          I often do quite well at 7 Mile Fair, but I know a lot of people dont care much for it.

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            Fowler Feb 20, 2013 08:47 AM

            Fydeaux, I have never been there but have been curious as to how it works. Is it just businesses selling items or can anyone sell items there? Do they rent tables or booths by the day, weekend, season? Do they allow haggling?

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              Fydeaux Feb 20, 2013 11:44 AM

              I have never sold there, but I would assume that rentals are available by both weekend, season, year, or combinations of same.

              While I have occasionally seen regular businesses in there [i.e. Blockbuster Video selling older rental videos], those are usually just for a weekend here & there. An exception is the "As Seen On TV" booth, which may or may not be tied in with the mall stores of the same type. It is mostly split between people who are there every week [and thus this IS their business] and people who rent spots for a weekend or two. There are many more of the latter in the warm weather months when more of the outdoors spots are available or desirable.

              And there is often haggling involved, although I have often been offered deals well below any marked price there might be without asking. I have almost always walked away with a price that makes me feel like I've gotten a considerable bargain but makes the seller feel like they havent given away the store.

              Dont let me mislead: This is NOT PRIMARILY food, cookware, and the like. There are more than a few perfume, t-shirt, knock-off athletic shoe dealers. Lots of tools, socks & underwear, and car stereos and other parts too. But there is quite a bit in the way of fresh produce, bakery, cheese; not artisinal as a rule, but good for making groceries.

              And just for the sake of mentioning it, the Rio Grande Mexican stand has some of the best menudo in the area.

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                exvaxman Feb 20, 2013 12:25 PM

                When doing spice mixes for friends I would stock up on peppers, chills, and other items at 7 mie fair. Also huge amounts of strawberries.

                I haven't been there in several years though.

          2. Fowler Feb 19, 2013 01:17 PM

            That $10 commercial grade Vitamix you purchased was a once in a lifetime score. Nicely done. A friend of mine purchased a used one on e-bay and she paid over $300 for the same thing.

            I have found that a good way to obtain inexpensive kitchen items is to keep your ear to the ground for restaurants going out of business. On the surface that may sound very ghoulish, but they often have public auctions to sell off their assets which can be as little as a light fixture or some tea cups.

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              MilwaukeeNate Feb 17, 2013 09:35 PM

              Beyond what has already been mentioned there isn't a whole lot in town that comes to mind. I have been known to swing by Superior by the airport and Fein Bros. on the near north side. Both are less expensive and have better selections than Boelter imho.

              I have found nothing of consequence in the way of useful gadgets at Goodwill or St. Vinnies the times I've been there. Certainly not anything like a Vitamix, you ever find one of those there again let me know!

              I will say that I don't get to either place often enough. I understand that the best way to get the cherry stuff is to pick a store and practically "stake it out", waiting for the good stuff to hit the shelves.

              I think that possibly all the really good gadgets are found at the rummage sales in the area as that seems to be the dominant way of second-hand sales in the metro area.

              I've read the stories of people finding great things at flea markets and off of Craigslist but you probably already know how dismal both are around here for finding really neat gadgets and tools.

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                exvaxman Feb 22, 2013 12:44 PM

                I don't yard sale much anymore, but two quick stories.
                I picked up two commercial air cleaners that I use twice a year to sterilize my vents. List on them was $1500, I got them for $10 each from a family whose insurance company had them use for a basement fire. I once stopped at an elderly lady's sale while driving through Whitefish Bay on my way to work. She had a small press grill for $5. I changed her sign to read "pannini press $50" when they were becoming popular. I stopped by on my way home to get the cookbooks I bought from her, she told me it sold within five minutes :)

                If anyone ever sees a "mirromatic" whiz grill
                http://www.flickr.com/photos/jackiein...
                That is the one kitchen gadget I cannot live without. I'll buy every one (within reason). (not for steaks like the picture shows

                )

                My recent "find" was a Chinese "hot pot" made for US use for $5 at a goodwill. My Chinese neighbors are not from the regions that use them and are looking for me to figure out recipes and invite them. I did another post looking for any place in the area that had dinner using them.

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                INDIANRIVERFL Feb 15, 2013 07:42 AM

                Next trip to Florida, search "outlet mall" for the towns close to you. Also Ross and TJ Maxx. Plenty of seconds of All-Clad, Calphalon, Cuisanart, etc.

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                  bte576 Feb 14, 2013 06:59 AM

                  While not local hidden gems...I buy a lot of random things for the kitchen at TJ Maxx and World Market.

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                    Fowler Feb 21, 2013 10:24 AM

                    bte576, if you like TJ Maxx you may also like Ruby Tuesday and Marshall's. Complete hit or miss but if you visit often enough you can find some excellent deals. I found a Calphalon pan at Marshall's for $14.99. I also seem to recall some Le Crueset at Marshall's. Weird orange flame color though. :-)

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                      Fydeaux Feb 21, 2013 10:43 AM

                      Ruby Tuesday?!? Are you perhaps thinking of Tuesday Morning?

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                        Fowler Feb 21, 2013 11:39 AM

                        Ruby Tuesday, Tuesday Morning, Lennon and Ono's House of Innexpensive Kitchen Gadgets. All are just a blur to me.

                        Good catch, sir.

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                          bte576 Feb 21, 2013 12:01 PM

                          What is funny is that when I saw the short preview of this in my email I had brief flash that this was some sort of sarcastic comment about my liking TJ Maxx and therefore would also like Ruby Tuesday’s…ha, but then I quickly realized you must have meant Tuesday Morning...

                          Which, btw, there is one sort of hidden in Pewaukee that I always forget about. Figured I would point that out in case others didn't know it was there.

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