The best part was I could use jars, not just bags. At Fairway and Whole Foods, the bulk section was completely self-serve and there was no way to tare my bags, much less anything heavier like a jar. At the Co-op, I tared my spice jars at the counter, and then took just what I needed from the bigger jars on the wall. I didn't bother to tare the cloth bags I used for oats and pasta because they hardly weigh anything. My love for this place means I'm living without cinnamon for a few weeks because they were out, and after paying so little for spices in my own jars, I can't bring myself to walk into a store and pay $4.
Did I mention the cost?
And, if I'm being honest, it was great to go to a place where I didn't have to explain myself. Where the cashier was appreciating the store anew after 6 weeks in another state where she actually had to buy food in packaging. Where nobody commented on my bags. Bulk is an absolute way of life in that little store.