This holiday season, TJ Maxx & Marshalls asked me to share some picks from their stores. I’m a pretty loyal customer of this locally-based company (perhaps it’s because my first job ever was at a Marshalls) and especially for last-minute gifts. Here’s some of my regular “pit stops” when speed-browsing my local TJ Maxx:
1. Scarves – gifts that are guaranteed to fit.
The scarf selection at my local store is extensive to say the least. This winter wall continued for a few more yards, plus there was a whole other wall of silk & lightweight scarves behind me. Prices of the ones I tried on ranged from $6 to $40 for cashmere, and were marked at about 50% off retail or more.
2. Chic shoes sorted by size (in extended sizing).
While working at Marshalls, my shoe collection grew a bit out of control. The styles are the same as in department stores and there’s new ones in every week. If you have a “Runway” section at your local store – there could even be Dolce & Gabbana (see Cher’s score), Prada (see Vicky’s find), or other designer treasures.
3. Shoe pads and inserts – affordable little stocking stuffers.
I use shoe cushions for comfort and for making slightly too-big shoes fit better. I always knew that TJ Maxx & Marshalls carried some foot cushions, but during this visit I was amazed by the stock. They had the Foot Petals combo pack (above left) for almost 75% off – it’s currently sold here at full retail – and a whole wall of individual cushions and non-skid sole stickers.
4. Hosiery – useful and fun.
I love giving and receiving hosiery, especially in colors or textures that I typically wouldn’t purchase for myself. I liked this package in the middle – $9.99 for 3 pairs – containing a dark gray, light gray, and brown – colors that are different from your basic black, but still very wearable for women of all ages.
5. Don’t underestimate the power of…
Shapewear and nude-colored bras. Two of the most commonly asked questions on this blog are: 1. How do you get rid of visible blouse-tucking lines? and 2. Do you wear a layer under sheer tops? I don’t know the answer to the first one, but a number of readers said that tucking blouses into shapewear bottoms are the answer. I found a rack of them for under $10, and would’ve picked these up if they were flesh-colored. Not sexy, I know, but whatever may get the job done.
As for sheer blouses – I’ve been featuring a number of sheer garments lately on this blog and I usually do not wear a layer underneath. I don’t like the extra bulk of having a camisole under thin, drapey blouses (not to mention the extra visible lines that show through my skirt). I have a drawer full of nude-colored bras, so I never have to worry about an undershirt. TJMaxx and Marshalls often have extended sizing in bras available for much less than department stores.