I was surprised at how much I didn’t know about TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and the world of off-price. There’s a lot to it, so I’m just going to jump right in.
TJ Maxx and Marshalls are off-price. They’re not department stores, and definitely not discount stores. …and that’s not just PR bullshit. The difference is in the way Maxx and Marshalls buy.
- While discount stores buy unsold leftovers from department stores, buyers for TJ Maxx and Marshalls contact the designers directly. That means no middle man, and no middle man means no markup.
- So they buy like department stores, directly from designers…but department stores buy months in advance, and TJ Maxx and Marshalls buy merchandise constantly. That means they can go to designers about the 2010 fall trends now, and get them cheaper because the designer needs room to work on their Spring ’11 line.
(A shopping tip: check the tags. If there are any past season or damaged items – it’s rare – are clearly marked. Anything else is current season.)
TJ Maxx and Marshalls’ customer base is filled with…me.
- The people that shop these stores most are women in their late twenties, thirties and forties, with a middle-to-high income.
- They like shopping – they have to. Lower price points come with a catch: skimping on customer service. The customers that keep coming back are the ones that “enjoy the hunt.”
I was skeptical about all this customer stuff – they’re like me? yeah, right – until I went to the Marshalls by my house: Seven jeans, Calvin Klein dresses, Nine West shoes. (I even saw some Kelsi Dagger wedge booties for 49$ – off of $160.) I feel like a shopping failure for not seeing it before.
You have to shop at your local TJ Maxx and Marshalls to get what you want at TJ Maxx and Marshalls. The idea is to keep prices low, so these stores only carry what they know sells. If the only things selling out are Uggs and polyester tops, that’s what TJ Maxx and Marshalls will carry. But if a bunch of girls bomb them with off-price Prada, they’ll carry more Prada.
Yes. Really. Prada.
Now that I’ve given you every reason to shop at TJ Maxx and Marshalls, here’s a silly video about how awesome Boston is.
Wondering who else, aside from me, Sandra from Debutante Clothing and Rosa from Accidental Sexiness got the inside scoop? Check out the list below for the other bloggers invited to the TJ Maxx and Marshalls fall preview, and click the links to see what they’ve said about the event.
If you still need more reasons to shop at TJ Maxx and Marshalls, check out Target’s anti-gay rights donations, or how H&M destroys what it doesn’t sell. (A side note: the Wal-Mart clothing was destroyed by a contractor, not Wal-Mart employees. Wal-Mart still undermines US economy, however, so don’t shop there, please.) Then read up on TJ Maxx and Marshalls’ charity partnerships and Goodwill donations. I promise it will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.