Fashioning Fall with TJ Maxx Off-Price Bargains

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A cadre of The Recessionista’s readers and top Southern California bloggers joined forces this weekend at my local TJ Maxx store to get ready for fall and cooler temperatures by checking out the amazing selection of sweaters, outerwear and holiday bling that is available at “off-price” bargain rates.  “Off-price” shopping means that the sale is on everyday at TJ Maxx with the same merchandise and top designers that you’ll find at high-end department stores. The difference is that the merchandise will be for sale at up to 60% off the retail price.  Every price tag at TJ Maxx shows the retail price and the TJ Maxx or Marshalls price (if you go to Marshalls to shop.)  From personal experience, I can tell you that it is intoxicating to shop at either store, find designer deals and quality merchandise at deep discounts.   How do they do it? Listen up, and I’ll tell it all.

Pictured: One of my favorite fall fashions, a Cynthia Rowley jacket with exquisite detail (photo: M.Hall)

TJ Maxx and Marshalls stores get over 10,000 new items every week.  That is in each store.  Can you even imagine what you might find, with that quantity of merchandise? The secret: continual digging for the best for less.  While buyers from major retailers tend to go out the season before the current one to pick the collections they want to stock by picking from the fashion week runways, TJ Maxx & Marshalls buyers are constantly negotiating deals with designers and manufacturers all over the world.  This translates to a real competitive edge, as the buying scouts for the company can pick-up fashions, jewelry, electronic accessories and even gourmet foods when buyers from other companies are not yet looking for stock.  That’s how the company picks up merchandise from designers like Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Jones of New York, Cynthia Rowley, Max Studio and Nanette Lepore.  During the fall fashioning event, I sighted deals from each of these fashion brands in the store.  Just check out the gorgeous red boiled wool jacket pictured above.  Not to mention the fabulous tweed jacket below. Both jackets are by Cynthia Rowley. For me, it was so exciting to see Cynthia Rowley at affordable prices after attending her high-end show at New York Fashion Week this year.

Pictured: A fabulous tweed jacket, spotted by yours truly (photo via Fashionably Organized.)

Here are some of the top Fall Fashion pieces that you can find at your local store:

  • Chiffon, silk and sequined blouses for work or play
  • Chunky knit sweaters and cardigans for extra warmth
  • Slim  and tailored trousers and virtually every style of jean
  • Tweed and wool jackets in a variety of styles
  • Faux fur gloves, vests and short jackets
  • Animal prints on shoes, blouses and short coats
  • Statement necklaces
  • Stylish dress in every shape and style
Pictured: One of my “off price bargains” my Natasha necklace from TJ Maxx. (photo M. Hall)

Now, you may have missed our local #FashioningFall event this weekend, but you don’t have to miss the savings at TJ Maxx or Marshalls, because those are available everyday.  Relax and sleep in on Black Friday. You can enjoy your day after Thanksgiving and shop and save anytime at TJ!

Fashioning Fall Giveaway
To share the joys of “off-price” shopping at TJ Maxx or Marshalls, I’m doing a giveaway here on the blog.  Simply comment on this post and tell me about how you have shared the thrill of “off price” shopping and you could be chosen to win a TJ Maxx or Marshalls gift card.  The best comment wins a $150.00 gift card.  There will also be two $50.00 comments awarded for other worthy entries.  So click the comment button below this post and tell me how your share the deals. Is it via Social Networks (Twitter, Blog, Facebook, StumbleUpon)Word of Mouth, girlfriends’ lunch or special happy hour? Tell it all! Leave your comment by Nov 27th.  I am going to give you plenty of time since I know Thanksgiving is coming soon.   When you comment, be sure and include your email address like this, maxxinista (at) gmail dot com, in the post so I can contact you if you win.  May the best Maxxinista  win!


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.