It’s hard to miss the fact that the holidays are upon us! In major cities like Chicago and New York, twinkling lights adorn branches, shoppers bustle along with bulging shopping bags and Christmas songs are constantly stuck in your head. But amidst all the mistletoe and eggnog-infused merriment, have we finished all of our holiday shopping yet? Well you’re anything like me, you haven’t even started. And if you’re like most people in the world, you’d love to find high quality merchandise for a reasonable price point. Luckily, we recently learned that both time and budget can be catered to, courtesy of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls.
Having generously opened their doors early for us, the T.J. Maxx and Marshalls crew hosted a festive holiday-themed breakfast last week with one main thing on the agenda: gifting! And knowing we would surely get bleary-eyed at the sight of all that merchandise that early in the morning, they thankfully brought on style and shopping expert Alison Deyette. Deyette was kind enough to do all the legwork for us and arranged a series of vignettes for various people on our gift lists.
To kick things off, Deyette informed us of all the perks that shopping at Marshalls and T.J. Maxx has to offer, which included points I never knew such as both stores around the country receive a whopping 10,000 pieces of inventory each week! And also, shoppers can receive discount on designer merchandise at up to 60% off the price you’d fund at department stores. I mean, how can you argue with that logic? After we did a rundown of stats, Deyette walked us through the variety of items that are included in that 10,00 weekly count (hint: it’s NOT just ties and toasters).
From husbands to hostesses, furry friends to fashionistas, each display table burst with appropriate gift ideas. Deyette made a little game of picking up an item such as a kid’s toy or a woman’s purse and noted what the regular retail price was. She then made us guess what the asking price was at T.J. Maxx, taking into account the deep discounts they offer daily. Without fail, the correct price was always lower than what we expected.
After a few rounds of trivia, we all headed downstairs to Marshalls (the two stores are conveniently located in the same building), and we all paired off for a special shopping challenge. Each team picked a gift recipient from a hat, anyone from best friend to teenage niece to boss, and was then let loose into the staggering world of Marshalls to find the perfect gift. The challenge brought home the point that both stores really are stocked for any kind of gifting situation, from close family members to someone you barely know. The ideas that came out of the challenge included electronics, housewares, books, movies, apparel, accessories and beauty sets, all of which were found under one roof and each one boasting the price that it would have been, if found anywhere else.
Needless to say, by the end of the morning we were all hooked. I, for one, never knew the extent of the designers they carried. But sure enough, there were all the old stand by’s like Kate Spade, Tracy Reese, Nine West, Steve Madden, Coach, Badgley Mischka, L.A.M.B. and Tibi, to name a few. Now that I know, I’m not only more excited to (finally) start my shopping but I may be adding a few more people to my list from all the savings. The morning ended on a high “note” with the new T.J. Maxx and Marshalls Share-A-Carol, a virtual greeting card that you can send to a loved one, complete with it’s own holiday carol!
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