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
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):
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?