I bought some herbs and spices
There are quite a lot of different options of things that you can buy from the bulk bins. We do have at least one other store in town with bulk bins as well. I am not sure if the variety is much different or not.
It was pretty easy and I found it pretty fun. You do have to think ahead (unless I would store containers and bags in my van which I may start doing) but I usually plan ahead on my trips there anyway.
Today I had lined up to go buy cows milk from a farmer that lives around my parents and then my mom told me that another (basically organic) farmer that lives in that area had a bunch of produce that he was wanting to sell. So I also went there and I bought a bunch of onions from him as well as some peppers. I was able to take my own bags along and came away with no packaging. :-) I wish I could have gotten a picture of the farmer in his lovely greenhouse of peppers and tomatoes but I was shy about asking. He was your traditional farmer in overalls and on a tractor when we got there. His produce looks beautiful. He charges a fair price for it as well.
With any of the milk from farms we use glass jars which we can use over and over again. With produce from the farms we can use resusable bags, boxes, buckets, baskets, etc. No plastic packaging at all - I love it! :-)
That is how we got some various groceries without creating waste. What options do you have where you live for buying food without packaging waste? If you start looking there may be more than you think. Also if you are willing to bring your own containers you may find that it is just fine to use those instead of the plastic bags that are provided.