The 5 Best Discount Kitchen Items to Buy at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls

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Photos by Katharine Shilcutt
I almost got escorted out of Marshalls for taking these photos, SO ENJOY THEM.
I love Williams-Sonoma and Sur La Table as much as the next person, but I don't always love their prices. Wandering around the two stores and gawking at the beautiful displays can easily occupy my entire afternoon. But as soon as I'm through, I head to T.J. Maxx or Marshalls to get my actual kitchen shopping done.

The two discount stores often carry many of the same items as Williams-Sonoma, Sur La Table and department stores like Macy's, but for far less money. And, sure, there are kitchen items at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls I'm not going to buy -- much of the packaged food is leftover merchandise from trade shows, for example -- but the two stores are great for stocking up on items like holiday tchotchkes, party goods and more.

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5. Unitaskers

Do you really need a cherry pitter or a mold that lets you create fried eggs in the shape of a piece of bread? Probably not. But if you really, really want one, this is the place to go for it. Unitaskers are one of the cheapest kitchen items T.J. Maxx and Marshalls sell, so chances are you're not going to seriously regret your $1.99 purchase of a stamp that lets you mark an Eiffel tower on top of slices of toast.

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4. Table linens

These are especially useful as we approach prime holiday entertaining season. Hosting your first Thanksgiving dinner or a Christmas buffet spread? Now's the time to do the grown-up thing and purchase a tablecloth, or -- at the very least -- linen place mats and napkins. Paper towels and cocktail napkins from Target have a time and a place. Alternately, can't bear the thought of all your company from last year seeing the exact same linens this year? New tablescapes can be found for cheap here.

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del.martinis
del.martinis topcommenter

Don't forget Ross!  Found a cast iron pan pre-seasoned for only $16!

etee56
etee56

What I would really like to find: a stamp that would let me mark a piece of toast with an image of the Virgin Mary (or maybe the FSM!)

 

~EdT.

jimbo1126
jimbo1126

Marshall's and TJ Maxx, yes. Tuesday Morning, never. TM is overpriced (for what it is) crap. Marshall's has the best stuff. The Danny Seo line of cookware is theirs exclusively and it is eco-friendly non-stick that can also be used on induction, and it is very reasonable.

khoawin
khoawin

FYI: There's a real difference between Henckels International and the good German steel.  International is probably stamped and made somewhere like China, where the original is forged and made in Germany.  Just look for the twins.  Those are on the good stuff, and a way better investment than the International blades.

ChefLambo
ChefLambo

As for the food there, you may pass on the cookies and pasta, but I always find good prices on fairly decent olive oil, vinegar and all kinds of different salt.  All the oil in my pantry has Marshall's tags on it, and it is 30-40% cheaper than Central Market. 

 

KNash
KNash

 @ChefLambo Careful with the olive oil, it may have been sitting on the shelf forever by the time it makes it to a discount retailer. Check out the harvest date if there is one; you want fresher, same year. Same caveat applies to Spec's, whose oil selection is good,  but often way old.

Mai Pham
Mai Pham topcommenter

 @KNash  @ChefLambo Olive oil at Olive and Vine in CityCentre is Farmers Market fresh and starts at just $9.99 a bottle. I like to get the small bottles because they don't sit on the shelf too long. You get to taste them first, too. My fave place for Olive oil and balsamic!

Mai Pham
Mai Pham topcommenter

 @KNash  @ChefLambo They import the olive oil and bottle for you on site. They stock according to hemispheric production cycle, so you get the freshest product possible.

KNash
KNash

 @Mai Pham  @ChefLambo Cool, I'll check it out. What do you mean by farmer's market fresh though? They offer oils from all over?

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