Marshalls took me shopping and gave me a gift card for you!

Last Friday I was treated to a special tour and shopping spree courtesy of Marshalls and TJ Maxx. I've been a huge fan of both stores for years and love the fact that I can always find this season's fashions at 40-60% retail prices. Thanks to both stores, I managed to outfit myself throughout my lean college years while staying both stylish and current.






While being led around the store, I learned that both stores receive over 10,000 new items every week, which means you never know what will come in - paradise for a bargain hunter such as myself. TJ Maxx and Marshalls aren't discount stores, as most consumers mistakenly believe. They're off price retailers, and provide this season's brands and styles while catering to bargain hunters who love the thrill of finding designer brands at deeply discounted prices. I saw brands such as Paige, Seven For All Mankind, Frye, Stuart Weitzman, Jessica Simpson, Ralph Lauren, Cole Haan, Coach, Free People and Ella Moss, all at between 40-60% off. It was kind of like being in heaven. 


With merchandise varying between store to store - and region by region - buyers are able to handpick items for each location. With over 1600 stores nationwide they're also able to get the best deals from thousands of vendors in over 60 countries around the world. Buyers have the opportunity to purchase merchandise at the last minute of any given season, and they can buy either a large quantity or just a few pieces.

Marshall's is well-known for the huge shoe department. And for good reason.






One of fall 2011 hottest trends - the high heel loafer, at 50% off. This came home with me.



I loved these stacked platforms. So I bought the leopard ones. Animal print and fall just kind of go together, don't they?
When I shop in Marshalls and TJ Maxx, I typically head straight for the handbags.


Did you know that Cynthia Rowley produces a special collection just for Marshalls and TJ Maxx? Neither did I. This leather and leopard satchel is just gorgeous.


Oh, and this? A Rebecca Minkoff bag. I loved the rich jewel tone, whip stitching and chain strap. And the price - 50% off retail. Yup, this came home with me too.

Here are some tips if you're thinking about shopping at Marshalls and TJ Maxx:

  • Look carefully at the "compare at" price on the tag: The tag will show you exactly how much money you're saving;
  • Look for purple tags: These tags indicate a higher-end designer item. A TJ Maxx near me has a Runway Section, which offers Gucci, Prada, Missoni, J Brand, and Alice + Olivia, and these items are identified by a purple price tag.
  • Get to know your store's layout: Everyone has a favorite section, whether it be bags, shoes, lingerie or jewelry. Knowing where to go can help you quickly locate that special thing you're looking for.
  • Never, ever pass up a good bargain: Stores receive limited quantities of each item, so merchandise can sell out quickly. The perfect dress or handbag might not be there the next time you visit. 
  • Not sure where to start? Try shopping the displays at the front of the store before easing into the racks. Merchandise in this section is organized by style and designer on four-sided clothing racks. This is a good place to star before digging deeper into the store to search for even more styles organized by size.

And now, a giveaway for you! Marshalls and TJ Maxx offered me a $25 gift card for one lucky winner! The card can be used at either store and is only good in the United States.

To enter, simply do the following:

  • Follow me on Google Friend Connect.
For extra bonus entries: 
  • Follow me on Twitter @dresscourage;
  • Follow @TJMaxx and @Marshalls on Twitter;
  • Tweet the following about this giveaway: I just entered to win @dresscourage gift card giveaway from TJ Maxx and Marshalls! http://tinyurl.com/3uuvmhu

A HUGE thank you to Marshalls and TJ Maxx for the shopping spree and store tour! 


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92 comments:

  1. I love Marshall's and TJ Maxx - they are always one of my stops when I need something new! I follow your blog and twitter :)

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  2. i do follow your blog, but i dont have a twitter. i wish bloggers didnt make this a requirement for their contests. :(

    either way, i love these stores and frequent them regularly. i have always loved getting something amazing at such a low price!

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  3. yay!! loving your TJMaxx/Marshalls finds! i wish there was a Marshall's closer to where I lived. their shoe selection looks amazing!

    cute & little

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  4. I too love these stores and they've gotten better over the years, way more selection and huge discounts.

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  5. Eva, I changed the requirements - all you need to do to enter is follow me through Google Friend Connect (which you already are!) Good luck!

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  6. I have been shopping TJ Maxx and Marshalls since I was a kid. It's one of my favorite places, and the only place my bf will shop willingly.

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  7. I am already a blog follower, please count me in!
    I love love TJ Maxx, this was a great article!


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  8. Follow on twitter and tweeted at tinatre01.


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  9. I stalk you on GFC. And I love TJMaxx!

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  10. I follow through Google, Twitter, and tweeted about the giveaway.

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  11. I follow you on twitter @rachrobrtson

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  12. I'm a big fan too! There are some great finds to be had if you have the time and patience to sift through the options. Fingers crossed I win! - Katy

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  13. GFC follower here! I want to do some shopping with this gift card! =D
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  14. I follow you on twitter! @ValerieMFox
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  15. I follow TJMaxx and Marshalls on twitter too. @ValerieMFox
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  16. I tweeted. http://twitter.com/#!/ValerieMFox/status/108631042226798593
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  17. I follow you on GFC, Mizz_Sunshine85

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  18. I follow you on twitter, Mizz_Sunshine85

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  19. I follow both TJ Maxx and Marshalls on twitter, Mizz_Sunshine85

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  20. I tweeted this contest:

    http://twitter.com/#!/Mizz_Sunshine85/status/108638230546612224

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  21. I follow on twitter :) missstaciaj

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  22. I follow you on Google Friend Connect :)

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  23. I tweeted about this contest!!!!

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  24. I follow you on google, and now following on Twitter!

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  25. I've been following you in my Google reader, but just upgraded to Google Friend Connect!

    Love TJMaxx and Marshalls!

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  26. And will be tweeting this :D, Ok...now that the business is done I love all your tips on shopping at these stores. I am a biiiiig lover of both tj maxx and marshals. I did NOT know about Cynthia Rowley and that is amazing...I totally love her!

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  27. How fun that tour must've been! You went home with some gorgeous items too! I'll be posting about a TJMAxx find tomorrow on my blog. So excited!

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  28. As you stated it varies by region. I can guarantee you that nothing as good as what you mentioned is ever sold at a TJ Maxx here in Wichita. We do not have a Marshall's. They might sell even more if they sold better merchandise in some of the stores in smaller cities. Don;t get me wrong, I like TJMaxx and shop there often, but the selection is not that great here. Looks like you had fun though!

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  29. I'm following via GFC: ismay / buzibu

    thanks a lot for hosting!

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  30. also following on twitter @buzibu

    thanks again!

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  31. Love this giveaway! TJ Maxx and Marshalls are awesome! I follow you through GFC

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  32. I follow Marshalls and TJ Maxx on Twitter

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  35. i follow TJMaxx & Marshalls on twitter; @collifornia
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  36. tweeted; http://twitter.com/#!/collifornia/status/108917435465334785
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  37. I am following you on GFC!

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  38. I am following you on twitter!

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  39. I am following TJMAXX and MARSHALLS on Twitter.

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  40. I tweeted about the giveaway!

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  41. Love TJ Maxx! I'm there at least twice a month trying to score deals. I'm following you with Google.

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  42. And I tweeted about the giveaway. :)

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  43. Following here and Twitter and I tweeted about the giveaway. This is a great giveaway!

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  44. Such a great giveaway! Thanks for hosting!

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  45. I'm a GFC follower-Paula Giglia email: pmgiglia at yahoo dot com

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  46. My mom taught me to shop sales at higher-end retailers rather than the crowded racks, cramped dressing rooms with bad lighting and stricter return policies. I hate wading through racks of wanna-be designer clothing made just for discount retailers with overpriced 'compare at' prices. So much of the merchandise is cheaply made. Plus, I don't like shopping for clothing with a grocery cart.

    I've been able to find Calvin Klein Collection, Armani, etc for 50-75% at Saks and Bloomingdales. It's a different kind of shopping, you have to go often and be patient for sales. The only discounters I've had some success with is Nordstrom rack, especially with accessories and bras/undies.

    Glad you found such awesome buys, but there are great deals to be found in much more pleasant shopping atmospheres.

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  47. GFC follower

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  48. Follow @TJMaxx and @Marshalls on Twitter @ElenaIstomina

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  49. tweeted:

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  50. google follower
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  51. follow tjmaxx & marshalls on twitter (chelleb36)
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  52. tweet
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  53. I'm a follower!

    thank you for your thoughtful and intelligent posts!

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  54. I'm a GFC follower: Ladytink_534
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  55. I follow you on Twitter (@Ladytink_534)
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  56. I follow them both on Twitter (@Ladytink_534)
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  57. Tweeted
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  58. Thanks for the giveaway! I follow with GFC!

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  59. I tweeted!

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  60. I follow you on Twitter! @FakeGradSchool

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  61. I follow @TJMaxx and @Marshalls on Twitter! @FakeGradSchool

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  62. Looks like you had a great time! I love, love, love shopping at TJ Maxx and Marshall's! Excited for this giveaway!

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  63. I am a GFC follower, thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  64. I am following you on Twitter as ZombiMeow.

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  67. i follow tjmaxx and marshalls on twitter @aes529

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  71. Following @TJMaxx and @Marshalls on Twitter as @jerseygirl137

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  72. Tweet

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  73. I follow Tj maxx and marshalls on twitter

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  74. Been a follower on twitter and google. I hope I win I love TJ Maxx and Marshalls

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  75. I just followed you with Google Friend Connect (Keisha Shippy), thanks for the giveaway to one of my favorite stores!

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  76. And I follow you on Twitter, @Keisha_Shippy

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  77. Now following @TJmaxx and @Marshalls (not sure why I wasn't already following them anyway!)

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  78. And finally (can you tell I really want to win?) I tweeted about the giveaway: https://twitter.com/#!/Keisha_Shippy/status/114094567371980800

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  79. I LOVE the Cynthia Rowley leopard satchel and just bought it today!! In fact, it was marked down on clearance $30 off. Score for me!!

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