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Trader Joe's dry goods/non-perishable wish list

I can't believe this but in a few weeks I'm moving to Colorado, a state with no TJ's. They're slated to open one in my new town (Boulder) at the end of October! That's just not early enough!! I currently live walking distance to the original TJ's and have about 10 other TJ's within 5-10 sq miles. So I decided to make a list of items to pack for the movers to take in a box. So far I have, raw honey, sugar, cleaning spray, toothpaste, mustard. Anyone else have any suggestions? Just no nuts please.

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  1. You may be able to get a lot of similar items in the Whole Foods in Boulder, rather than having to schlep a box for tpaste, cleaning spray, etc....unless nothing but the TJ brand will do?
    Best wishes with the move!

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    1. re: pinehurst

      sadly, i'm a creature of habit and have been shopping at TJ's since 1992. the toothpaste seems trivial but it's one the only one's w/out SLS in it. but true, i'm more concerned about the food items.

      1. re: trolley

        In a pinch, try the Tom's of Maine SLS-free line. I use the Clean and Gentle and like it a lot.

        1. re: pinehurst

          oh great. good to know. it must be fairly new as I haven't seen it around. I'll look for it.

          1. re: trolley

            Toms of ME started in the 70's but I think it was pretty much a local only product until the mid 80's and then was a staple at most health food stores and by the late 80s/90s became available nationwide. They were bought by Colgate about 10 years ago I think.

    2. Brown Jasmine Rice
      Turbinado Sugar
      Balsamic Vinegar
      Greek Kalamata Extra Virgin Olive Oil
      Corn and Chile Salsa (I adore the stuff)

      1. Definitely get the cornbread mix.

        1. Jams and jellies. Packaged Indian foods. Olives. Tuna and sardines. Pita crackers. Any crackers. Ketchup.

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          1. re: shoo bee doo

            oh, i am in love with their Punjab Choley. thanks for the reminder and the Jam! low sugar organic jam. i'm getting sad to move now.

            1. re: trolley

              Trolley, think of it this way - at least the store in Boulder is scheduled to open in time to buy all of the TJ's holiday goodies!

              1. re: littleflower

                thanks for the encouraging words and the positive outlook littleflower. i guess I'll just have to live vicariously thru the Yay/Nay August, Sept, October threads and just pretend. Or go to Sprouts and stand in one very long line that extends down to the aisle bc for whatever reason there's only two cashiers open. The good news is that I think the Denver store may be slated to open earlier than the Boulder one. They'll have a wine and beer shop next to it. Cross your fingers!

                1. re: trolley

                  You're welcome - and good news also to hear that the Denver location may open before the Boulder one! August and September are pretty low key months as far as seasonal products go at Trader Joe's anyways if my memory serves me correctly. The pumpkin products that TJ's sells if you are a fan of pumpkin will still be around in late October so you can still take advantage of them then.

          2. Organic Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce
            Cookies/Candy of choice (Peanut Butter Cups!!)
            Cereal (Maple Pecan Granola Clusters is a winner)
            Fruit Bars/Ends and Pieces
            Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

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            1. re: littleflower

              +1 on that Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup!

              Also, don't pass on the Rosemary Raisin Crisps.

                1. re: littleflower

                  I double vote for the Marinara and the Salsa!!

                2. Since you're including non-food, I'd suggest the kitchen cleaning cloths, and I am devoted to A Midsummer Night's Cream, which is the same as Nature's Gate at half the price.

                  As for food, I'd throw in a couple of tubs of cookies (I like the crispy oatmeal chocolate chip), the sandwich pickles, Californa Estate olive oil, and canola oil spray.

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                  1. re: sciencediet

                    great suggestions. the only thing I can't have the mover take is aerosol stuff like oil sprays but i suppose i can take it in my car. i've never used the kitchen cleaning cloths but i think i'll just have to start.

                    1. re: sciencediet

                      Ooh +1's for the crispy oatmeal choc. chip cookies and sandwich pickles - these are weekly staples for me!

                    2. I am always going-on about the same product... Garlic-marinated mushrooms. They are in a jar, near the pickles.
                      --Best product ever.

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                      1. re: GraceW

                        you know, thanks for the reminder. I'm a bit weary of packing oils and pickles but i'll consider it. i loved those mushrooms so much that I od'd on them. I had to stop buying them for a while but i think sabbatical is ovah!

                        1. re: trolley

                          I am so glad that you share the love. When I have used up all the mushrooms sometimes I save the liquid and put in fresh mushrooms. They kind of pick up the flavor, but obviously they don't get as soft as the real thing.

                          1. re: GraceW

                            NO WAY! I used to put carrot sticks in the liquid. marinated mushroom lovers think alike! ;)

                            1. re: trolley

                              I will have to try that. Thanks!

                      2. Dijon mustard
                        White balsamic vinegar
                        California estate olive oil
                        Toasted sesame oil
                        Canned tuna, salmon & sardines
                        Uncrystallized dried ginger
                        Dried fruit

                        I saw some mentions of chocolate - this time of year I definitely wouldn't pack anything meltable like that with the items the movers are taking, because by the time it gets to you it will be a mess. If you do want to stock up on chocolate items, take them with you in a cooler in the car...and in that case I vote for Pound Plus bars!

                        Best of luck with everything. I know how stressful long-distance moves/relos can be - I've done it coast-to-coast FIVE times. Don't ask ;)

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                          1. re: trolley

                            Yes, I've been back in LA for about a year. I've really appreciated it the past couple of weeks while everyone back in NY is griping about the stifling heat & humidity :)

                        1. I love the shelf stable fat free balsamic vinaigrette? I'm embarrassed to admit I've never tried it, but I always hear people rave about the shelf stable goddess dressing.

                          Other personal favs: minestrone soup, marinated artichoke hearts, jarred roasted red and yellow peppers, rosemary raisin crisps, shelf stable mango lemonade.

                          I actually freeze TJs refrigerated salad dressings (spicy peanut and champagne pear) and they thaw just fine. The refrigerated meals can be frozen. If you are driving to your new home, you could pack an ice chest and refresh the ice along the way.

                          1. Congrats on your move, but so sorry you'll be losing TJ's! I did that several years ago, and it made me SO sad! However, TJ's finally caught up with me, building two stores in my new city. So, there's hope!

                            Some of my transportable must haves: Dark chocolate truffle bar; olive tapenade; if you like bloody Marys, with or w/o alcohol, TJ's mix includes NO high-fructose corn syrup, which many others do; jug of balsamic vinegar (I brought that with me on my move); and my fave crunchers are the pita chips, the edamame crackers and the Savory crackers.

                            I could go on, but I'll stop there! I hope your move goes well. You can always restock at Kansas City's TJ's over a long weekend until the store's up and running in Colorado! : )

                            Take care,



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                            1. re: lacajag

                              oh the tapenade! how could forget that! yeah, i too hope the moves goes well. the closest TJ's is in Taos, NM. I hinted to my husband that we should take a short vacation there in Sept. and he knew EXACTLY why. it's so funny how he knows me all too well.

                              1. re: trolley

                                : ) (Taos sounds wonderful, too!)

                            2. A few jars of Tikki Masala sauce.I can't go without it--best use of leftovers.

                              1. Do you have dogs? Can't beat the price of their organic Chicken and Brown Rice sticks!!! And I don't think I could have a kitchen that didn't contain at least 1 jar of TJ's Vodka Sauce!

                                1. tj's pesto (in a jar - tho it may contain nuts - see OP re: no nuts)

                                  tj's corn salsa

                                  where is the very last TJ's on your drive from So Cal to Boulder (maybe you are already there in CO)?

                                  i can't believe you have (had) that many TJ's in that sq mile area! we go to a different country to get to TJ's

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                                  1. re: Georgia Strait

                                    I'm already here :( i forgot so much stuff. Ketchup, indian food, salsa etc, etc. I'll live. The closest TJ's is in Santa Fe which is an 8 hr drive. i won't be doing that any time soon. Going to Sprouts in lieu of TJ's but it's like moving to Canada and pretending it's the US. Not quite...

                                  2. Hi trolley - thought about you with the devastating news reports about the flooding in Boulder. Prayers go out to you and your family - hope everyone is okay.

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                                    1. re: littleflower

                                      thanks littleflower!!! i begrudgingly leave my beloved CA to a bad house renovation situation and now this! we are ok, littleflower. my husband made sure our house was not in the flood zone when we bought it. but it's not easy math either. all my neighbors got hit with badly flooded basements and lets not even get into those people in the mountains. oh, and did i mention the opening of TJ's in Boulder is now pushed to 2014?? not bc of the flood but bc of i don't know what.

                                      i was just at whole foods thinking about a giant bad of sunflower seeds from TJ's and some butter. oh, these krogers/whole foods prices are killing me! i was also thinking of those ice cream sandwiches. i can't wait!!!

                                      1. re: trolley

                                        Glad to hear you and your family are okay trolley. I am sorry to hear that they pushed back the opening of the Boulder TJ's - hope it will be in early 2014. Hang in there - at least you have a Whole Foods around. I used to have a WF where I lived but where I moved last year, there is not a WF within comfortable driving distance. Maybe you all can plan a little TJ's weekend road trip this fall to a nearby state that has one?

                                        1. re: littleflower

                                          um, if you count a 9 hr trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico a little trip! haha. the good news is Denver will open sooner and that will have the wine shop as well. I did stock up on TJ's toothpaste so i'm ok for now. But honestly, littleflower, i'm so touched by your message! i really am!! i was slightly down on CH (have you seen the non-action on the Mountain States board?not to mention the sourpusses on the board) but people like you make it all worth coming back to! xoxo

                                          1. re: trolley

                                            Thanks so much for your kind words...I myself have been through quite a lot lately and truly have realized the importance of checking back in with people to see how they are doing. The whole country is praying for the Boulder area, and I will throw in some extra ones that TJ's hurries up and opens up a store in your area!!!