TJ Maxx and me go way back. I was raised on it. No really, there wasn't much in New Hampshire for shopping, beside your Cherry and Webb's and Jordan Marsh's, and yes I just dated myself with those shopping references. As I have mentioned countless times before, my mother passed the bug on to me at a young age and I have never turned my back on the hunt for a good designer bargain.
So, when TJ Maxx calls with an offer to learn more about the ways of the Maxxinista, I become the pupil. Patience grasshopper, for I am about to share my knowledge. My sensei was the lovely and knowledgeable Carrie, who was gracious enough to meet me on my native Freshpond territory.
First and foremost, lets dispel any lingering myths you may have heard about the discount retailer - and no, discount retail is not a dirty word fashionistas! The clothing is not damaged. It is not past season, nor is it out of style. In fact, over 85% of stock is current. Repeat after me, the food is not expired. Frankly, it is illegal to sell expired goods (and I apply this equally to food and fashion in my book though the great state of Massachusetts may see fit to disagree with me here).
They have over 1,800 stores between TJ Maxx and Marshalls combined and 40 buying offices around the globe, sourcing wares direct from the designers and into the stores complete with deep discounts for us to snatch up. Need a hat for the derby? What about the official tea of Kate and William's royal nuptials? Did someone whisper fascinator?! Check, check and check.
Some people may claim not to have the patience to "search" for the deals. Thank goodness, that means more for me. My local TJ Maxx is perfectly situated between a Whole Foods and a liquor store. I can literally fulfill all my daily needs with one quick stop (my usual diet consisting of sushi, wine and clothing). Go ahead, take that quick look before lunch- otherwise, the item will likely be gone when you go back. She who shops first, gets the last laugh.
Still have your doubts? The proof is in the pudding. Why, what did I find on expedition this very day? Prada, oh yes. Guiseppe Zanotti? Got you done there. Pucci, oh heavens, they had tons. Gucci? Versace? Miu Miu? Chanel? Why it's fashion's holy grail for the taking. I almost hate to share my secrets, but for you dear readers, I am willing to spill the beans. Now go, shop wisely, and remember, it's okay to feel superior for not having paid full price!