After the crazy up and down weather of October I didn’t really feel like fall to me just yet, but I’m finally feeling the crisp air in the morning and giving in to a new season in DC. The nice folks at TJ Maxx/Marshalls (@Marshalls and @TJMaxx on Twitter) sent me a gift card and asked me to find a bargain for fall and share my discovery with my readers. So I thought about it long and hard before I went shopping so that I could pick up something worth my $25 gift card splurge (which I was willing to supplement a little with my own cash…but I had a budget). I have a fairly complete wardrobe of great colorful basics so I knew my search would be for accessories. I mean, this is The Art of Accessories (duh). I’m always on the hunt for new boots at a great price and boots are the only shoe I’ll pay over $100 for. But I love TJ Maxx and Marshalls because they usually have great boots for under $100 so I thought I’d start my search there.
I am a bargain shopping junkie! I was raised on the original Filene’s Basement in Boston so no sale or bargain search is too overwhelming for me. I decided to bypass the brand new Marshalls down the road from me and head on down to my fairly new TJ Maxx (did you know you could use your Marshalls gift cards at TJ Maxx? I didn’t but I figured I’d give it a try for this post and it worked) to begin my bargain hunt.
I hit gold folks! Pure gold!
A pair of Sam Edelman Bess Boot in taupe. A super cute slightly slouchy pull on flat boot. Perfection for wearing with skirts or leggings and they work casually or with a dressier option. Now on the link in this post I’ve found them online for $123 – that’s the cheapest I could find. So how much were they at TJ Maxx? $39!!!!! I couldn’t beat that. Of course I scooped them up immediately (I’m no fool – if you don’t buy it then someone else might get it when you turn around), but before I ran to the register I had to browse the jewelry counter. There are so many hidden gems that you never know what you’re going to find in the jewelry department, seriously. There were tons of cool bracelets and necklaces but buried in a pile of pearls was my beloved alternative to the super expensive Tom Binns pearl necklace I’ve been lusting over!!
I asked the young lady at the jewelry counter to pull it out for me and it was even more wonderful than I could imagine. For $40 this super long strand of colorful freshwater pearls by Lucoral was mine. I blew my budget by $29 (I was willing to match the $25 gift card and spend a total of $50) but I couldn’t walk away without this necklace AND the boots. I can triple loop the necklace, knot it, wear it super long…I love it, love it, love it! I’ve gotten tons of compliments on it and I can’t stop wearing it.
By far this was my best bargain hunting excursion in a while. My other favorite accessory to pick up during the fall and winter from Marshalls and TJ Maxx are tights. They usually have Betsey Johnson and Hue tights galore in great prints and colors and for around $6 a pair. I’m pretty sure I could’ve spent the entire day in the store, but I knew I needed to get out fast before another fantastic find hit my credit card.
So are you shopping at TJ Maxx or Marshalls? What is your best find? Tell me!