5 Things Real Estate Pros Always Buy from Trader Joe’s

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If you ask home experts, they’ll tell you that there a few things stocked on Trader Joe’s shelves that can work wonders to amp up your home decor. And, while we’re partial to the well-priced aisles of succulents, cut flowers, and plants, these real estate pros have a few more goodies they seek out on the regular.

The cheese board with a cult following

“Trader Joe’s stocks the cutest olive wood cheese boards. They have an organic shape to them and a tie on the end to hang as decor when they aren’t in use. The board is made of a pretty dark wood grain, and bright pops of white cheese look really pretty on it.” —Jenna Passaro, a landlord and creator of Sip Bite Go

Candles that do more than make your home smell good

“This candle tin trio is a great addition to an inviting and relaxing home. The candles are sold in seasonal scents such as nutmeg, cranberry pine and fresh currant.” —Melanie Hartmann, owner of Creo Home Solutions, a fix-and-flip home buying company in Baltimore, Maryland

Beside the sink luxuries

“The hand soaps, lotions, and creams stocked at Trader Joe’s are a personal favorite. It is always nice to have an array of products available for guests and who doesn’t like feeling fancy? If you lay out a spread, it changes the feel of your guest bath (or regular bath) and transforms it into a hotel-like experience.” —Daniele Kurzweil, a licensed real estate salesperson at Compass in New York City

Budget-friendly holiday decor

“Trader Joe’s typically has holiday decorations like the current colorful felt ball garlands that are inexpensive and can be used year-round.” —Rebecca Chambliss, a real estate agent at Compass in Los Angeles

Unexpected kitchen accessories

“You might not think of Trader Joe’s as the number-one place for home products, but there are actually a wealth of options when it comes to improving your home to sell or rent it. For one, a big fruit bowl in the kitchen is always an eye-grabbing way to welcome potential buyers. TJ’s also sells very affordable hand and dish towels to coordinate the colors in rooms. Little things like this matter when you’re showing a place.” —Jamie Safier, a real estate agent at Elliman in New York City