Budget Friendly Fashion for the Whole Family (and a HOT handbag)

T.J. Maxx/Marshalls invited me to Boston to checkout their back to school fashion pieces, school us on how well we know off-pricing, and get to know what they’re all about.   I’ve been to a lot of events but I have to say, this is one of the best. Not because of the shopping spree they gave us (which was super nice) but I loved how they combined the learning aspect with fun games to make the whole day a more enjoyable learning experience.  And bringing in the models to show off their clothing??  AWESOME!

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Unfortunately I think that too many people think that the products that are in these two stores are rejects of some sort BUT THE FACT IS, they are not.  Over 95% of what comes to these stores are FIRST quality like you would buy in finer department stores.


Do you ever notice how most stores get things in seasonally??  Well not TJ Maxx and Marshalls.  Nope, they get stuff in WEEKLY, insuring that you are getting the latest, hottest trends regularly.  These guys send buyers all over the world (60 countries and thousands of vendors) to bring you the latest fashions.  Huge buying power and it totally sets them apart from others.


You won’t find them at these stores and in all honestly, there’s no need for it. They already bring you rock bottom prices that are many times, un-freakin’-believable!

Which leads me to one of the games…….

After hearing about the company and how they purchase–etc, we were asked to play a game.  They showed you an item that can be bought in their stores.  You were told how much it would cost in a regular department store and then asked to write down what the TJ Maxx/Marshall’s price was.  Fun huh?? I loved it!  The folks that came closes got their name put into a hat where the winner drawn would win that prize we were determining the price of!  Soo much fun to play and I learned quickly how low the prices were.  Seriously.  I was wrong every time because I was pricing too high.  The final prize???  A Gucci handbag.  ((drool))  I’m sure many of you know what a handbag junkie I am so I wanted to win badly.  The price paid in the high end store??  Over $2,000.   The price paid if bought at TJ Maxx/Marshalls??  $599. OMG, I died  because everything else had been much lower than I thought with the other prices, I went too low. Sadly, I did not win it but was excited for the gal that did.  She hugged it and wouldn’t let it out of her site. Good thing too ’cause I was ready to sneakingly shove it my swag bag.

The point is, we played a super fun game but at the same time, learned all about the off-pricing and just what kind of deals you can get by shopping at these two fine stores.  THAT was my favorite part–Learning mixed with Fun.


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Tell me that you didn’t have an outfit like that in your closet!!  You know you did and heck, if you still have it, you’re SOOO gonna be stylin’!  How adorable are those looks??  They brought out some of the cutest fashions ever from Kenneth Cole to Nike and I have to say, they were all WAY under budget compared to what you would pay for them in a regular specialty/dept store.  And you see all those books and toys? Well they’re gonna have even more in their stores. I had no idea that the books were such a hot deal but Alli kept going on and on about it so now I have to check that out. I normally run to the handbag section. heehee

You absolutely MUST get your back to school fashions here, especially if you wanna save some  MEGA BUCKS!  I’m envious of those who get to shop their regularly. Mine is 2hrs away but lemme tell ya, I’d be in there every week to see what’s new.   I wouldn’t say that if I didn’t mean it and I hope you know that.  I freakin’ love these stores!

The event was one of the best.  I had fun, I learned, and I had some memorable 1am girl time with a few lovely ladies.  I met so many other great folks while I was there and since Susan linked their twitter handles, I’ll copy and paste hers. Hopefully she won’t mind!

@gograhamgo, @fashionablegal, @acowboyswife, @petit_elefant, @onechicmama, @alliworthington, @ADramaticMommy,@audreymcclellan, @bostonmamas, @5minutesformom, @susancarraretto, @mommieswithcent, @stacieinatlanta, @akblessings, @jentifa, @3PsinaPod, @mommygoggles, @busymomblog, @jodigrundig, @mindicherry

And  two of the very kind & lovely PR folks holding the event – @sdefino and @happysquid.

One last note…. SAVE THE CHILDREN

Something awesome that T.J. Maxx is doing is helping save the children and you can help too!

Beginning on August 3, all T.J. Maxx stores will carry limited edition reusable shopping bags for $0.99. The bags are designed with Save the Children original children’s artwork, and for each bag purchased, T.J. Maxx will donate one basic item such as; socks, underwear and backpacks to Save the Children’s U.S. programs, up to 25,000 items. This initiative marks 25 years of partnership for T.J. Maxx and Save the Children.

Even Jennie Garth took part by buying one of the reuseable shopping bags!

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Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. For over 75 years, Save the Children has been helping children survive and thrive by improving their health, education and economic opportunities and, in times of acute crisis, mobilizing rapid life-saving assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. It is a member of the International Save the Children Alliance, comprising 27 national, independent Save the Children organizations working in more than 120 countries to ensure the well-being of children.

Thanks so much for an awesome time guys!

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P.S.  A HUGE thank you to JO-LYNNE for loaning me the extra cash to buy my beautiful leather Bob Makowsky handbag. I had left my wallet at the room but she saved the day for me!!  MWAH!


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