As you all know, last week I went up to Boston to visit the headquarters of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, which was a really interesting trip! I totally remember buying cheap Polo shirts for my high school boyfriend at Marshalls, but I can’t say that I’ve been back much since then! So when I was invited to learn about off-price shopping, I was definitely intrigued.
And I will say, this trip made me pretty excited about T.J. Maxx and Marshalls. When one of our TJX liasons showed up for the day and proudly announced that she’d bought her Alice and Olivia dress at T.J. Maxx for a hundred dollars, my ears perked up, um, a lot. We spent the morning learning about how off-price retailers do their buying — unlike traditional department stores, they buy year-round, so if merchandise gets returned to a designer, they can pick it up at a big discount. Combine that with buying in bulk for stores across the country and a business model that depends on high turnover rates, and you just might find them selling a Prada bag for $1200 off the retail price. No, I’m not that kidding — in fact, I saw that myself!
I thought it might be fun to take you guys along via video, so click below for a taste of what we saw!
I wound up finding an asymmetric Helmut Lang shirt for under $50, which I wouldn’t have believed was possible if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes. I also got the supercute clutch in the photos below for $19.99, and a pair of round-toe platform Guess pumps that you would never guess were $39.99. Not bad — now I can’t wait to check out their stores in NYC!
I’ve included some more photos below, from shopping at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls to dinner with all the bloggers, to the incredibly photogenic (especially for a former prison) Liberty Hotel!
Our accommodations and travel were paid for by TJX, and each blogger received a $100 gift card to shop at the stores during this event.