TJ Maxx and Marshalls are two of my favorite places to shop for clothes. What’s amazing about them is that they are constantly ﬁlled with brand name clothing that is trendy and affordable. I joke with my husband that I may as well work there for the amount of time I spend shopping in their stores. Friends always wonder how I don’t get lost and how I can maintain my focus. My response to them is practice. Sounds bizarre but it's true. In fact, now I find department stores like Macy's difficult to shop.
*Cute anchor pants seen in Mixing Patterns: Anchors and Stripes
*118 Walter by Walter Baker handbag seen in Turquoise Necklace and Printed Skirt
*Trench seen in Light Blue and Orange Metallic Heels
*Theory pants ($40) seen in Layering Stripes Under Mesh Sweaters
Also, I noticed that once they start carrying a few pieces of a certain brand, they tend to bring in more of that brand. For example, a few months ago, it was difficult to find Rebecca Minkoff bags. I would admire the occasional bag that floated in, wishing it was a bit more in my price range. Then a few weeks later, it would disappear. Over the past few weeks, however, I've been noticing a greater influx of the designer. And it's been fun to see the various styles that are streaming in.
*Ralph Lauren Polo quilted vest ($40) seen in Urban Outfit: Pop of Color
*Kate Spade sandals ($25) seen in Current Trend: Mini Satchels
*Theory shorts ($30)
So what is the difference between TJ Maxx and Marshalls? It really all depends on the city. Some cities will have one but not the other and seldom you will run across both stores in the same city. In this case, one will be better than the other. Usually, I prefer TJ Maxx but I have found some great deals at Marshalls too (i.e. the above Kate Spade sandals). Marshalls will typically have better shoes, especially if they are a mega shoe store (stores that have an extensive selection of shoes). Both are very similar in their structures, however, you cannot mutually return items from each store. If you purchased something from Marshalls, it must be returned to Marshalls and vice versa.
*Elie Tahari trench seen in Rainy Day Outfit
Signing up for their company credit card (which oddly enough, you can use in both stores since they are owned by the same company) is a great idea. I wish I had known about it when I first started shopping the stores. The card uses a rewards point system which allows you to earn points that translate into $10 or $20 rewards. And who doesn't enjoy free clothes?
Note: I have the store credit card which can only be used at the TJ Maxx/Marshalls/Home Goods stores.
Last of all, if you are a social media guru, be sure to follow TJ Maxx on Facebook and/or Instagram. They have weekly contests where they choose who got the best deal. The winner takes home a gift card. It's fun and you get more money to shop!
Update - TJ Maxx now has online shopping here. Prices are on-point with store prices and they even have a clearance section and a Runway section.
**This post is NOT sponsored in any way by TJ Maxx or Marshalls (except for the obvious linking). All opinions and views are my own**