If you feel as though you have a closet full of nothing to wear and your shoes and accessories need a bit of a pick me up, here are some secrets to shopping at stores like T.J. Maxx, Marshall’s and Ross.
Preparation is key.
Like most purchases you need to make, the planning phase is crucial. Take inventory of your closet beforehand to figure out what you need to buy. You will help you stay laser focused when you’re actually out shopping. You don’t want to buy something you already have 12 of at home. You can also go through the racks a lot quicker.
Prior to shopping, look for holes in your wardrobe. Maybe you need a denim jacket, slinky black dress, khaki trench coat or other wardrobe staples. If you constantly run up against the same fashion problem but can’t quite figure out what is missing, instead of banging your head against the wall, check the search engines for articles about wardrobe staples. A gallery of images can get you up to speed quickly and release your inner fashionista. You might find the missing piece to your wardrobe puzzle that you didn’t originally know you were missing.
Classics are dollar stretchers.
Purchasing quality wardrobe staples like black and brown handbags, boots, denim jackets, leggings, ballet flats, dress pants not only allow you to get them for less but you can wear them over and over. If you’re purchasing classics that you know you can still see yourself wearing five years down the road, these items will become major dollar stretchers by default. Keeping them longer will help you reduce the need to shop any time soon.
Spy in the window.
Merchandisers have their finger on the pulse of what’s hot. They usually dress the store mannequins or pick out what goes on them. Take note. They are giving you outfit ideas for free. Scan the displays and get a mini crash course in what’s current while sorting out what to put on your shopping list.
Instagram your way to savings.
Also, take a peek on Instagram first. Check out the profile for Ross Stores. That will help you get a sneak peek on potential fashion finds and get a sense of how to put together the latest stylish pieces like sweaters, jeans and scarves for less.
TJ Maxx’s Instagram account has pictures of purses, coats, jackets, all types of clothing, active wear and more ready to be viewed. Take a look in store at their profile on your phone to find the latest looks in store. Search the aisles for dark denim jeans, boots, a little black dress, a clutch, an everyday purse, cardigans and even some trendy items. There are many name brands and designer clothes sold for a fraction of the cost.
Marshall’s Instagram page is like a grid of discount goodness. While they have many of the same types of clothing and accessories, you’ll usually find a very large shoe selection. Whether you like snake skin pumps, Moto boots, duck boots or ballet flats. Marshall’s has a wide selection to help you walk away with items for less.
With a little preparation and planning, you can be strategic about what you put in your shopping cart that will eventually wind up in your closet. This way you can get more mileage out of an article of clothing. Think of it as building a foundation and not just snagging another bargain. Remember that buying classics and staples could stress your dollars even further by default.