You can find very nice things to help you in the kitchen at your local Goodwill or other thrift store. These same items would cost much more if you bought them new in a retail store. Of course, at Goodwill Store on West State Street in Bristol, Tennessee, you will also find new kitchen items that have been featured on Home Shopping Network. Here is a list of the top ten best kitchen items you can find at a thrift store.
1. Bread makers
Bread makers are one of the greatest kitchen “gadgets” ever invented. You can throw some ingredients in the pan, and show up a few hours later to eat hot, perfect bread. You can serve a frozen dinner, but the hot bread makes it alright! Here’s a recipe for making cornbread in the bread maker.
People get these as gifts and never take time to figure out how to use them. Because bread makers take up so much room, people just end up donating them. Right now there is one at the Bristol Goodwill for under ten dollars. These are often brand new with instruction manuals included.
2. Rice Cookers
People think that rice cookers are just for rice, and because of that they get donated often also. They either get one as a gift and don’t even attempt to learn to use it, or they never get past just cooking rice in it. A rice cooker can be your main way of cooking your food. Here are some helpful articles and recipes about rice cookers.
Choosing a rice cooker
Save on Groceries with garden vegetables and a rice cooker
One pot chicken dinner in your rice cooker
Rice Cooker spaghetti
Rice cooker recipes for Tennessee folks
Tennessee favorite: Rice cooker recipe for chicken and dumplings
There are two nice juicers right now at the Bristol Goodwill. If you are into that sort of thing, you can almost always find one. They are very large, and most people don’t stick with any health regimens, so they donate those. I actually donated mine. Not my favorite gadget, but many people swear by their health benefits.
4. As seen on T.V.
Any kind of gadget you have seen on television during the night, you can find it at a thrift store! This is a valuable service they provide, helping kitchen gadget addicts get it out of their system. The items may work as advertised, or they may not work. If not, it probably didn’t work to start with. you can find: egg boilers, pasta cookers, little grills, upside down pickle jars, potato peelers, noodle makers, etc…
5. Serving dishes
If you are going to be entertaining, but need some larger serving dishes, you can find a great selection of those at a rock bottom price. These are another item that get donated due to size consideration. You could find the large warming dishes that are used at parties. They are also hard to store.
6. Holiday table wear
You can find Christmas dishes at a very low price, especially off season. You can find sets of
Snowman dishes or a big Santa dish for the mashed potatoes!
There are cookbooks available for just small change. You may even arrive just as a complete collection is being put out on the shelves. These are usually under a dollar at any thrift store, and often much, much cheaper. Look for church and community cookbooks which are very collectible. They do have the very best recipes, don’t they?
8. Odd pots and pans of good quality
So often, you may need a certain size pot or pan that you can find at the Goodwill or other thrift store without purchasing the whole set. Goodwill also carries new cookware from the Home Shopping Network that is quite solid.
9. Odd dishes, mugs, and glasses
There are all kinds of odd and mismatched dishes at your neighborhood thrift store. Goodwill sells coffee mugs for only three for a dollar. You can replace lost pieces, collect a set a piece at a time, or assemble your own eclectic dinnerware.
This is fun, and you will find yourself wondering each time you walk in the store, if you will add another piece to that Corning Ware you are collecting. You may even find that very old teacup you are missing from Grandma’s China.
10. Crock pots and other free-standing cookers
You already know how important a crock pot slow cooker is to your kitchen arsenal. However, there are many sizes and types of free-standing cookers you will love to use. They are often just a few bucks at the thrift store. Waffle makers, electric skillets, fry-babies, fry-daddies, George Foreman grills, steamers, and more are there for your cooking convenience.
Someone else may be too lazy to read an instruction book or they may have very small kitchen storage areas. Either way, you can take advantage of the bargain prices on all kinds of things for your cooking.
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