Back to School Shopping at Marshalls and TJMaxx

Yes, I know that the kids have been back to school for weeks now, but I just can’t get in the mood to buy fall clothes in August.  Now that it’s officially fall and the possibility of an Indian Summer seems unlikely, I’ve been making my rounds to all of my favorite stores for back to school clothes and accessories for the kids.  Okay, and a few for me.  Hey, Mama needs to look good too, right?

Honestly, I never was a big “off price” shopper until I went to the TJMaxx/Marshalls event back in July and learned about how they stock their stores with current, fashionable clothes and accessories at such fabulous prices.  Since then, I’ve added those two stores to my regular rounds.  So when I was offered two $25 gift cards (one for each store) to do some back to school shopping and blog about my finds, I jumped at the chance.  I knew they would be put to good use.  Of course, I spent well over the allotted amount, but who’s counting?  Besides my husband, the bookkeeper, anyway.

My first stop was Marshall’s — the Shoe Headquarters, of course.  I found these precious sneakers by Merrell for my 3-year-old.  Aren’t they darling?  $50 shoes marked down to $30.

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I also got these cute little ballet flats you can see my 6-year-old sporting on her first day of school.  They were only $10, which suits me just fine because she will have them scuffed up in a few months, and I won’t feel bad replacing them.

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I was in a rush that day and didn’t look any further, but I’ll be back since it’s located right next to my grocery store.

It’s not quite as convenient for me to get to TJMaxx, so I don’t shop there as often, but there is one near my Trader Joes and I’ve taken to stopping in every time I make a Trader Joes run.  A few weeks ago, I ran in to look for school clothes for my middle daughter, and I left with 2 dresses, a pair of jeans, and a jean skirt for her as well as a collection of housewares for me.

Isn’t this dress darling?  (My daughter’s of course.  Not mine.)

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And did you know that TJMaxx carries housewares?  They have a ton of great stuff.  I got an olive oil bottle, 2 boxes of gorgeous wine glasses, a new painted metal colander that I just love in the stylish Tiffany’s blue, and a few more odds and ends that I had been meaning to pick up next time I was at Bed Bath & Beyond.  What would have cost me over $100 at BB&B was well under $50 at TJMaxx.

Finally, I decided to browse the handbag section, which is, of course, always a dangerous excursion.  Ever since Lori introduced me to Bob Makowsky’s handbags (scroll to the bottom of her post to see the bag that she scored on our trip) I have kept an eye out for them.  The leather is unmistakable — it is incredibly lush, soft and supple, and he chooses gorgeous colors.  And there is nothing like the changing of the seasons to give me a hankering for a new handbag.

And wouldn’t you know, in the first aisle of handbags, I came across this gem.  It was the only one in the whole store, and it had my name written all over it.  Okay, so it really had Bob Makowsky’s name written on it, but that’s close enough, yes?

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If it looks strikingly similar to the one in my fall blog design, that was just a remarkable coincidence.  Yeah, uh huh.

What about you?  Have you been back-to-school shopping at Marshalls or TJMaxx lately?  Tell me about your fabulous finds!