Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Deals on Kitchen Accessories

I recently learned a fantastic tip from Matt’s aunt during a mini-vaca to Coeur d’Alene. (We were staying with his aunt and uncle while we were there to celebrate at a dear friend’s wedding. More on that wonderful celebration later.) I learned a few things during my weekend in Idaho:

1. Paddle boarding is really, really fun.
2. Anyone who swam in the Oregon ocean as a kid thinks any other body of water is warm. 
3. A restaurant supply store is a great place to look for kitchen accessories.

That’s the tip from Matt’s aunt that I wanted to share with all of you.


She had one of those industrial, diner-style metal coffee makers with the brewing pot on the bottom and a warming dish on the top. It was such a great thing to have for visitors (or a split coffee/tea household).

I decided to take a look at some of the fun items at restaurant supply website and compare the price to home decor stores.

For most kitchen tools and accessories, the restaurant supply websites were a much better deal:

Crate and Barrel vs. webstaurantstore.com 

Pottery Barn vs. webstaurantstore.com 

restaurantsupply-001 Food Service Warehouse vs. Williams Sonoma

Note: Just to see what the ‘middle of the road’ price is, I searched for a 5 quart colander on amazon.com and found one for $16.92 (ExcelSteel 242 5-Quart Stainless Steel Colander):

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The restaurant supply sites did not, however, have the best furniture prices (in general. I didn’t check each type of item, just a couple).

West Elm vs. Food Service Warehouse

In addition to being an inexpensive place to buy common kitchen items, you can get fun, unusual gadgets too:

Napkin dispenser, condiment caddy, luggage rack

Have you ever purchased anything from a restaurant supply store? What did you get?

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  1. I love buying heavy duty aluminum baking pans at restaurant supply stores. And then there's just the fun of looking around...

  2. Got to agree with Elena, just looking around provides enough excitement for me!

  3. We did our own wedding reception and we got all our silverware at a restaurant supply store. Way cheaper than renting it and now we still have it if we need to fill in for a party.
    My sister got plain white dishes there - so much cheaper than Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, or the like.

  4. Do you have a "Cash & Carry" near you? We have one closer to us than Costco. I often look there for things like that. I even used one of their serving pans for something else. It worked perfectly. The downside to "Cash & Carry" is that you have to pay with Debit or Cash unless you have a business license.

  5. There's a restaurant supply store in Portland--near the Pearl district, I think. Wondering if you've ever been there? Much fun to look around in. I don't remember the name of it, but I'll ask Cane if you want to check it out.

  6. I love the idea of shopping at restaurant supply stores - never thought of it before. Thanks!

  7. GREAT TIPS! I love ideas like this...brilliant!

  8. Is that your glass board are always spectacular! Nice photos, nice boards.

    dip sets & glass memo board

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