It seems the world –
I dropped in on a Trader Joe’s in
People in the know, I understand, love Trader Joe’s. They like buying things they can’t find anyplace else at a price not to be beat.
Obviously, none of these people grew up in
For the unfortunate ignorant souls who never heard of the iconic
It was paradise.
It was the deliciously tacky, cheaper – and much larger – version of Pier I or Cost Plus Market.
In real terms it was a warehouse-style retail import store owned by the famed Naito family. They had a few stores but we always shopped in the granddaddy store in the still-seedy
Why did my family like
But people didn’t think much about things like that back then and we relished our great deals. More often, we needed those $5 Indian bedspreads and 50 cent boxes of muesli to make ends meet.
Quite an eclectic crowd shopped at
They bought thin cotton coverings from
That was the dark underbelly of
That made a shopping trip there like a detective story. Who could roam all three stories and find the best value for their dollar?
We bought dishes there all the time, at prices so cheap we could easily replace them with new ones when we got tired of looking at them.
We bought beaded curtains and posters for our walls and toys certainly made in
I fell in those with the sesame-and-honey wafers and rice c
I enjoyed my little foray into Trader Joe’s but don’t find it likely I’ll be shopping there much. It’s mostly food and mostly food I never heard of and wouldn’t know what to do with it anyway.
Might drop in for some of those rice candies though.