Hello there, everyone! I hope you enjoyed your holiday week. Anyone else having a hard time remembering what day it is this week? I had to accompany my boss to a speaking engagement on Sunday and then having Tuesday off has my internal calendar completely out of whack. Today I am going to be talking about one my favorite places to shop, T.J. Maxx. I had never even thought of shopping at T.J. Maxx until my mother came home several years ago with a Michael Kors purse. Since then I have learned how to find great deals at T.J. Maxx. With some smart shopping and a little patience you can become a “Maxxinista” too.
The first thing I had to do was change how I viewed shopping at T.J. Maxx. I always thought it was just a discount store, and the brands I liked wouldn’t be found there. Boy, was I wrong! Now about 25%, and that’s a conservative estimate, of my closet is from T.J. Maxx. All brands I love and would have paid retail for, but didn’t have to. I have purchased Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Diane von Furstenberg, Theory, Coach, Notte by Marchesa, Lily Pulitzer, Vineyard Vines, Talbots, Lucky Jeans and J.Crew all at T.J. Maxx over the past 4 years.
I shop at T.J. Maxx for two reasons. I can try a trend at low cost, but for the most part it is to stock up on wardrobe staples at deep discounts. Ralph Lauren cable sweaters, my favorite Lucky jeans and Michael Kors trench are some of the most worn items in my wardrobe, and they all came from T.J. Maxx.
To give you an idea of the range and quality of items I have found there, I put together this look. Everything, with the exception of the bracelets and watch I never take off, is from T.J. Maxx.
This top is Kate Spade that I bought 60% off. The pink colorblock is a departure for me, but Kate Spade is right up my alley, so I decided to try it.
I paired it with my favorite black knit pants by Nine West. I have worn these for two years and love them like a dear friend. They are knit like leggings, but tailored like pants. I wear them almost every time I fly.
I finished the look with a pink Kate Spade bag and Sam Edelman heels. The sunglasses (which I wore constantly for 3yrs) are Cole Haan.
Here is a partial list of the deals I have found shopping at T.J.Maxx:
Michael Kors trench ($189 retail, paid $59)
Black wool winter coat by Theory ($750 retail, paid $270)
Blue floral wrap dress by Diane von Furstenberg ($368 retail, paid $129)
Cobalt blue sheath dress by Diane von Furstenberg ($398 retail, paid $149)
Teal beaded evening gown by Notte by Marchesa ($1,200 retail, paid $350)
So how do I do it? I am glad you asked. Below are my top tips for finding great deals.
- Make friends with the sales team. My local store knows what I like, and the manager will call or text me if they get in an item from Vineyard Vines, or one of my other favorite brands.
- Find a store with a Runway section (search your zip and select Runway here). Runway sections are where you will find deep discounts on designer pieces. This is where I bought my Notte by Marchesa evening gown and two DVF dresses. I have also seen Oscar de la Renta dresses (never in my sizes *sniff*) and Gucci purses available.
- Look beyond the women’s section. This is especially true if the store has seen a lot of customers the day you’re shopping. People walk around with things and put them back on odd racks. My mother found a gorgeous black wool coat with leather accents by Theory in the children’s section. It become my Christmas gift that year and I love wearing it.
- Learn the shipment cycle. This ties in with my first point of making friends with the sales team. I know that my local store gets their shipments on Tuesday. This will be the best time to drop by before the new stock is picked over.
- Don’t give up if you don’t find something on your visit. I have left without any purchases plenty of times.
A word of warning:
Great deals can cause a lot of impulse buying. For every item I have from T.J. Maxx, I have 2 that I returned after taking it home to think about it for 48hrs. Know what you like, know what works for you, and try to not purchase things you wouldn’t have been willing to pay retail for.
I hope this post gave you was helpful to you and inspired you to give T.J. Maxx a try. If you would rather shop online, I have linked some of my favorites in the widget below. I have always found the in store selection to be much better.