How To Shop T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s
T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s are our friends!! As with any friend, it’s not perfect. The stores can be cluttered and a bit disorganized, but I always find that a quick (or in my case, not so quick) visit to these stores is well worth it and can lead to some great finds. I’ve had the privilege of finding (and buying…how could I pass up these deals??) an A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz 100% leather clutch for $20, a BCBG jogging suit for $40, True Religion Jeans for $70, Carlos Santana peep-toe pumps for $40, and Francesco Biasia 100% leather handbag for $120…just to name a few.
As much as I love T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s, you have to be in the right frame of mind to shop there because the amount of choices can be overwhelming. Here are a few tidbits to help you shop at those stores.
1. If you are shopping specifically for high-end/designer items (i.e., Prada, Gucci, True Religion, J Brand, Dolce & Gabbana, Juicy Couture, Adrienne Vitadini…just to name a few), visit your nearest T.J. Maxx store with a “The Runway at Maxx”. If you’re not sure where one is, visit www.tjmaxx.com. With that said, high-end/designer items are usually at all T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s stores, you just have to look for them. Also, high-end/designer items that have been in the store for a little while are usually mixed in with the regular items in the Misses department at Marshall’s and “regular” T.J. Maxx (meaning a T.J. Maxx store without “The Runway at Maxx” department) stores. And remember, the high-end/designer items at T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s are less expensive than you would find at the “big named” department stores but they typically don’t come super cheap.
2. When shopping at Marshall’s or a “regular” T.J. Maxx the newer and designer clothing items are on the racks in the very front of the store.
3. Marshall’s has this great shoe department called the “ShoeMegaShop”; the shoes are displayed by style with all the in-stock sizes beneath the display shoe. The clearance shoes are located along the wall of the ShoeMegaShop department.
4. Marshall’s also has a clothing department called “The Cube”. The Cube is a department that has contemporary clothes, shoes, handbags, and other accessories in a boutique-like atmosphere. Visit www.marshallsonline.com to find the nearest Marshall’s store with a “The Cube” department.
5. If you think that the only reason items at T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s are so much less than department stores is because they are irregular, you’re wrong! While it’s true that some items can be a bit irregular, the majority of the stuff there is top quality. But to on the safe side, inspect your items before your purchase them…as you should do with any purchase you make.
6. Expect to find new items at T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s each week. Because of the influx of new items, T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s often mark older items down and put them on clearance.
7. If you see something that you absolutely love at a great price at T.J. Maxx or Marshall’s, BUY IT…I repeat, BUY IT!! Because the prices are at such a discount, they won’t be there for long. But if you don’t heed my advice, don’t lose any sleep as something else will probably be along in the coming weeks. Also, many Marshall’s locations have layaway departments. If you opt to use layaway, make sure you familiarize yourself with Marshall’s layaway policy.
For all shoppers in the Atlanta area: We recently welcomed AJWright, another branch of the of TJX family. I haven’t had a chance to visit one of the stores yet, but I plan to check it out really soon! Visit www.aj-wright.com the closest AJWright store near you, and visit www.tjx.com to find out which stores in the TJX family are near you.