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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.


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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lizzy // Aug 20, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Wow, what an amazing experience!  I’m glad you got to see Boston and the suburbs- I live close to the headquarters of TJX… it really is amazing the great prices they get on such nice designer clothes and bags!

  • 2 Kathy - Panini Happy // Aug 20, 2010 at 6:25 am

    You’ve opened my eyes! I had no idea they had designer stuff at TJ Maxx – I don’t think I’ve been in one since junior high. Just went to Marshalls for the first time in forever a few months ago and was actually surprised by what they had (cute Paul Frank stuff for my kids). Guess I’ll have to pay TJ Maxx a visit soon.

  • 3 Kristen // Aug 20, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Just name the day and time and I’ll go shopping with you at the TJ Maxx in town.  I love their deals!

  • 4 Rachel // Aug 20, 2010 at 9:49 am

    I’ve found some great stuff at TJMaxx in the just have to be willing to weed through..and fight the massive checkout line (where I inevitably end up buying some random product I don’t need while I wait)

  • 5 Natalie // Aug 20, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I love TJMaxx and Marshalls SO much!  Since I live in West TN, we only have a few boutiques that carry true “designer” clothing, and it comes with a hefty price tag!  Glad you enjoyed your trip!

  • 6 emily // Aug 21, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Fabulous post!  I loved the video!  You should be on tv!!!!!!!!  I’m a Maxxinista now thanks to you!

  • 7 Jaden // Aug 22, 2010 at 7:37 am

    I can spend all day at TJMaxx and Marshalls!!!! It’s where I get so much of my dishware for photography

  • 8 Closet Fashionista // Aug 23, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Sooo cool! I wish the TJ Maxx stores around here were that good. I mean, we get some good designer stuff but its mostly boring…haha

  • 9 audrey marie // Aug 24, 2010 at 9:14 am

    love that clutch!!

  • 10 Christina // Aug 24, 2010 at 11:31 am

    It looks like you had a lot of fun! Great finds!

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