In my book, The Frugalista Files: How One Woman Got Out of Debt Without Giving Up the Fabulous Life, I wrote about how I spent every Saturday shopping at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls when I was a kid. My mother loved the layaway.
I know when I host a Twitter #dealchat on affordable fashion, the T.J. Maxx and Marshall fans always are fired up and ready to go!
So, I wanted to share with you all some of my Frugalista tips for how I shop at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls:
Shop Label: The stores carry a variety of brands and designers, but I say buy “the name” designers there – the ones written up in the glossy fashion magazines or with a reality show. It’s a much more rewarding experience. Although Michael Kors’ “Michael” line is available at departments stores such as Bloomingdales and Saks and their outlets, you can buy his purses, shoes and shirts for less at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls. Tahari heels and Kate Spade accessories like purses and earrings are consistently at T.J. Maxx. The home department has brands such as Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. In the jewelry department, you can find some fine watches, such as Gucci. It’s absolutely worth a look.
Daytime Wear: I go to T. J. Maxx and Marshalls for my daytime wear – cute and comfortable dresses. I do not go there for “get money” business meeting outfits. I do not go there looking for Diane von Furstenberg dresses on sale. I do not go there for cocktail or after five attire. What I enjoy most are the Cynthia Rowley dresses for under $40 that you can wear when going to a fun brunch with friends or on lunch dates.
Workout Pants/Gear: I first got exposed to the Marika yoga sportswear line at Marshalls. I really love how they fit and I’ve owned Marika workout pants for years that are still in the game. Check out the workout clothing as well as work out equipment such as DVDs, kettle bells, Pilate exercise balls and exercise bands. I like the prices there better than at Sports Authority or other sporting good stores.
Deal Hunt: When shopping there, if you see something cute – buy it. It’s not a department store so there probably won’t be that many of it there. It’s not the place where you ask the sales associate to call other stores to see if another store has that fab dress in your size. I think I learned to be a
deal sneak competitive shopper from growing up shopping there. T.J. Maxx and Marshalls are not for the indecisive. I’ve found that nicer the neighborhood that the T.J. Maxx or Marshalls is located in, the better the merch.
Off Price: The goods at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls aren’t damaged. The shirts don’t have a third arm. The store buys returns when a department store drops an order or when a vendor has made too much of an item. Everything in the store is at a lower price, so don’t wait for something to go on sale because it will be gone. It is already reduced up to 60 percent.
Below is a little picture video I created of the store visit and some of the offerings for sale. Do you shop at “The Maxx?” Do you like it there? Do you have the heart to hunt and find the deal? Talk to me!
Make your own slide show at Animoto.
P.S. My bag in the first photo with Alison Deyette is from T.J. Maxx!