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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Prepping for Thanksgiving

By Suzanne O'Connor

This year we may have a crowd of peeps at our Thanksgiving table. The last 8 years we’ve only had 6-8 people over. This year we are already upwards of 12 and some peeps have kids. I don’t have enough of anything! Not enough plates, flatware, serve ware, linens or chairs. We may rent plates & serve ware if the crowd is large.

Bust since I love setting a pretty formal table, if the crowd comes in at under 20 people, I’m opting instead to purchase some basic plain white plates at a Restaurant Supply Store or China Outlet.

China Outlets
1.The Dish Depot in Glendale.
This hidden gem is a bit rough around the edges, but as a restaurant supply warehouse it has some steals with savings of up to 70% on dishware, cooking tools, pans, flatware and more.

The Dish Depot
546 W. Garfield Ave., Glendale 91204
Open: 10-6 M-Friday, 10-3pm Sat. Closed Sunday
Cash/ CC
Tell Sam, BargainsLA sent ya!

2. The Gibson Factory Outlet.
This Factory outlet is at the corporate and distribution headquarters.  Housed in a large modern building, the outlet is large and well-organized racks packed with ceramic ware, kitchen ware, dishes, flatware, glassware, cookware and objects d’art at 10%-70% off original retail. This line is sold to everyone :Crate and Barrel, Macy’s, Bed Bath and Beyond as well as Target.

Gibson Factory Outlet
2410 Yates Ave, Commerce, CA 90040
(800) 281-2810

Only open weekdays, (8:30am-5pm). This is a hot outlet you may want to go out of your way for!

I also will check for plates at Hotel Surplus Outlet (See below)

Seating, Serve Ware & Linens
Then there is the issue of seating. I have 10 chairs with a table that can seat 16-18 with all the leaves. So I will need more.

Outside of checking with my neighbors, the first place I’ll check is Hotel Surplus Outlet. He often gets in stackable ballroom chairs as well as odd single chairs that may work.

He also has Hotel serve ware, plates and table linens. I more than likely will need a couple extra gravy boats,  platters and a very large table cloth.

Hotel Surplus Outlet
16625 Saticoy St, Van Nuys, CA 91406
(818) 787-7807

If Hotel Surplus doesn’t have chairs I will also check with TR Trading Company. I have seen stackable & foldable office chairs there before.
Some stackable, upholstered vintage chairs are just $20 each.

TR Trading Company

15604 S. Broadway St., Gardena, CA 90248

(310) 329-9242

The good news is I have 3 weeks to figure it out. Plus I don’t cook on Thanksgiving!!! Hubby is a much better chef than I, so he and his mom handle meal prep.

The bad news is I also handle clean up. OY!

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