I have to admit T.J.Maxx has to be one of my biggest weaknesses! Eeek! Anyone else guilty of this? Just the other day I was driving with a friend, and I basically detoured our trip just so we could stop by a T.J.Maxx. Haha. I didn't always have a love affair with the store... Growing up my mom always shopped at discount stores like this, I however, HATED it! I would literally cringe anytime she would drag me into one of these stores. I honestly felt embarrassed. I would see clothes from my favorite teeny bopper stores with tags that were cut in half or logos covered in thick permanent marker. It made me feel like I was getting less than the best or getting people's unwanted clothes. As time has passed, and as I've matured, I have grown to love T.J.Maxx and Marshall's. I've learned that it's so much more than unwanted items and is actually a place full of undiscovered treasure!
I've heard people say the store is too overwhelming and takes to much sifting to find anything worthwhile. So this post is dedicated to helping you learn how to navigate the world of T.J.Maxx and Marshall's to successfully find great deals!
How to Score Big and Discover Great Savings at T.J.Maxx and Marshall's
1. Search for the most expensive pieces! The premise of these stores is that they offer high-end, designer items at a fraction of the cost. However, the clothing ranges in quality and variety of name brands. Some T.J.Maxx's have a "Runway" section that has awesome designer brands, like Kate Spade and Tory Burch. I know it sounds ridiculous, but my number one tip is to look for the most expensive items. This is where you will get the most bang for your buck! I ,of course, always gravitate to the sale sections. And the first thing I always do is look at the original T.J.Maxx sticker price to know if I really am getting a great deal. If the item was originally ticketed as $12.99 and now it's on sale for $8.00, it's really not a great deal and is probably a low-quality item.
2. Know how to read sale tags! If you're a Maxxanista, you've probably realized that the sale stickers come in different colors: red and yellow. Red stickers are used for regular markdowns, and yellow stickers are used for final markdowns. If you're looking for a major bargain, keep your eyes peeled for those flashy yellow stickers when perusing the sale racks.
3. Know what brands to look for. You'll find that certain local T.J.Maxx's and Marshall's consistently have the same labels in stock. For example, one T.J.'s that I like to frequent at home has items from Anthropology, because there is one in the area. The one I go to frequently in NYC gets items from Splendid for the same reason. Some of the brands I like to shop for at T.J.'s and Marshall's are Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Joe's Jeans, Calvin Klein, Steve Madden, and BCBG. With these brands, I know I'm getting a steal.
4. Go in with a goal in mind. If you easily get overwhelmed by the variety of options offered at these stores, go in looking for a specific item. Limiting your options allows you to sift through more items carefully. For example, if you're looking for a cocktail dress, make a beeline for that section and filter through the items, while paying attention to the quality, base price, and brands.
5. Shop on Wednesdays! From what I've heard, T.J.Maxx and Marshall's do their next round of markdowns on Wednesdays. So shopping on this day will allow you to find a fresh selection of items in the sale sections. You may also find more of those coveted yellow price tags on Wednesdays. If you're looking for a major steal, this is the day to shop!
In the outfit featured, I am wearing one of my latest T.J. finds! A chambray, lace-up dress with bell sleeves! It is a Cloth & Stone dress, which is an Anthropology brand. Normally, it would retail for around $138 at Anthro, at T.J.'s it was ticketed for $49.99, and I got it on sale for $25! This is a perfect example of getting the most bang for your buck, while seeking out the most high-end items. I decided to pair it with patterned tights, riding boots, and a black felt hat from Urban Outfitters. A perfect fall outfit, with a mix of textures!
Chambray Dress- $25 T.J.Maxx (From Anthropology, originally $138) Buy one similar HERE!
BCBG Riding Boots- $35 Dillard's (bought on a SUPER sale, originally $198)
Black Felt Hat- $11.99 Urban Outfitters (bought at an extra 40% off, originally $49) Buy one similar HERE!
Frugal Tip: If you want to find great deals on high-end brands and designer labels, strategically shop at T.J.Maxx and Marshall's!
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