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

I almost got escorted out of Marshalls for taking these photos, SO ENJOY THEM.
I almost got escorted out of Marshalls for taking these photos, SO ENJOY THEM.
Photos by Katharine Shilcutt

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.

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

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.

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

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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