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Jul 8, 2013 09:53 AM

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!!