Everyone has a favorite kind of store. I happen to love quality, kitchen-type stores: Crate and Barrel, Macy’s (3rd floor), Williams-Sonoma, etc.
My favorite of these stores is Sur La Table. It is my fantasy shop, my wishlist shop, my ‘I want this but can’t afford it’ shop. However, several times a year, ok every other month or so, I get the opportunity to stroll around “my” shop.
While the pricing can be a bit high on certain items, Sur La Table does price-match. They have a great return policy and the staff is incredibly helpful and engaging. That might seem silly to some, but in today’s world where customer service is typically a phrase instead of a practice, I truly appreciate the effort the employees make.
Another fun part of perusing the aisles of Sur La Table, is the coffee section. They have a variety of coffee, latte, espresso and cappuccino makers. Ok, so you won’t find a Mr. Coffee pot or even a Keurig here, but the options that are available will make the true coffee lover think they’ve died and gone to Heaven. From Nespresso to a Jura you can literally take your pick of high-end, barista-quality machines.
I had the pleasure of sampling coffee from the Jura J9. They only go on sale once a year, around the holidays, and I have fallen in love. I truly appreciate coffee. While this machine is definitely not affordable on my pauper’s purse, at the moment, it’s something I would consider saving up for. Yes, I love coffee that much and I can appreciate this machine just as any car enthusiast would appreciate their favorite vehicle “purring” as it idled and wanting to own it.
My favorite spot in the shop, which calls to my bargain-hunting, never pay retail mentality, is the clearance section. You never know what is going to be on the two to three free standing racks in the back of the store.
I stumbled up on some ceramic measuring cups and spoons. I thought they were divine. The cups were $12.49 for four cups and the spoons were $9.99 for four spoons. I thought the spoons were adorable, but couldn’t justify $10 for them. The cups, I couldn’t put down. I would pick them up, tell myself no, and set them down again. After the third time, I knew I had to have them. I am really working on limiting plastic cookware in the house and trying to use glass, ceramic and stoneware.
When I brought them to the register, I was pleasantly surprised to find out they were marked down even further to $5.99. Wait! What? Oh I had to go get another set at that price. I ran back grabbed another set of measuring cups and then grabbed those delightful little measuring spoons too. If the cups were on sale, then the matching spoons should be less than the current clearance sticker too, right? YES!
I managed to pick up two sets of measuring cups and the measuring spoons for a little over $18, including tax. The original price tag was still on the spoons; they were $20! I was elated at my little find in my favorite store. It never hurts to look.
What’s your favorite store that just makes you all warm and fuzzy as you walk through the entrance?