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.

Brilliant!

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:

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Crate and Barrel vs. webstaurantstore.com 

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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).

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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:

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Napkin dispenser, condiment caddy, luggage rack

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

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9 comments:

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

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

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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

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

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

    dip sets & glass memo board

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