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.