The Best Thing at Trader Joe’s Right Now Isn’t Even a Grocery Item

updated Feb 24, 2021
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My mom loves Trader Joe’s even more than I do. Which I never knew, until I moved back in with my parents at the start of the pandemic. Every week, she makes her weekly trip to TJ’s to get the staples (snacks, snacks, and more snacks) and, like all of us, anything new that’s there. Yesterday, she came home with two trivets. And they are the cutest things I’ve ever seen. 

At first I thought, “Trader Joe’s sells trivets?” And then, of course, I gave it a Google. They last posted about their trivets back in October, but those had a distinctly fall color scheme. Here’s what Trader Joe’s had to say about them: “Skilled artisans in Nepal use a traditional felting process to create these woolen watchdogs of the worktop. 100% New Zealand sheep’s wool is wrapped into loose balls, moistened with warm water then hand-rolled before being laid out to dry in the sun. The combination of moisture and warmth works to compact and stiffen the wool fibers (like your accidentally washed woolen sweater). Once the individual wool balls are completely dry, 100 of them are hand sewn together to make a 6.5-inch x 6.5-inch square. Finally, they’re tagged, boxed, and shipped to your neighborhood Trader Joe’s.”

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The trivets my mom brought home were multicolored and with a more year-round vibe. And, reader, you should know that I ran out after work and bought five more. Because at just $4.99 these felted wool trivets are a total bargain. They’re big enough to accommodate a Dutch oven or a stockpot. They feel super sturdy and look adorable sitting on the countertop. I’m even planning on using one to protect my bathroom counter from my hair straightener. 

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In case you’re not convinced, similar trivets go for $15 to $20 a piece on Etsy. And I suggest you run, don’t walk, to get yours because the upcharge is real from secondhand sellers (I found someone selling two of these Trader Joe’s trivets for $30 on Ebay). While I think it’ll probably depend on your store, I found the trivets in the section with the cleaning supplies, dishwashing detergent, and soaps.

Have you spotted these at your local Trader Joe’s?