I was invited to get into the back-to-school spirit and shop the hottest back-to-school trends at T.J.Maxx and Marshalls. I’ve gotta tell you — I need all the help I can get this year with the back-to-school spirit. I feel like summer just begun (my favorite time of year!!) and I am already dreading the cold weather to come.
A few days ago, I set out with my 2 gift cards and my 2 girls (my son opted to hang out with a friend) to see what we could find. So far, we’ve only gotten so far as Marshall’s. After we get back from visiting my family in Virginia, I’ll take them to T.J.Maxx and finish up our shopping.
My girls were thrilled with some of the name brands they recognized. Neon is still a hot trend, I see!
I learned a few years ago at a press event with T.J.Maxx/Marshall’s that they manage to get the latest trends at rock bottom prices by buying out extra inventory from major manufacturers. For example, at major department stores or specialty stores, they have to order a certain number of each size and color. But T.J.Maxx and Marshall’s are able to buy out the leftovers and get a great deal, so you are getting the latest season’s trends at great prices. You do have to hunt a bit to find the gems, but they make it easy by organizing everything by category and size.
We started thumbing through the racks and before we knew it, we had a rack full of items to try on.
We were in a rush to meet up with friends at the pool, so I tried to hurry them along in their trying-on process, but have you ever shopped with a 7-year-old and a 10-year-old?
For one thing, they refuse to wear the same clothes, but they both were taking a liking to some of the same pieces. So that required some sophisticated negotiation.
Then when we got to the dressing room, my older daughter had a sudden attack of modesty. I had to shield her from her little sis as she tried on clothes. I was not about to run back and forth between two dressing rooms, so I told her to suck it up.
We hung everything up and got down to business.
Do you see some of the name brands hanging up there!? I was impressed.
We had a good time, all things considered! I hung and rehung and folded and refolded as they tried on piece after piece.
I love the separate hooks for “Definitely” and “Possibly” and on the other wall “Tomorrow.” It really helped us keep everything organized.
My little one was having a blast, and her joy of shopping could not be contained. She was so excited about this little outfit that she struck a pose right as I went to take her picture.
It is still warm here in Pennsylvania, so they will be wearing shorts for a while. We tried to focus on finding long-sleeves, though.
In addition to clothes, Marshall’s also had a great selection of backpacks and lunchboxes, but we still have those from last year so we stuck to clothes shopping. Each girl picked four pieces, and we checked out, all happy as clams — even me!
Did you know that T.J.Maxx is giving back during this busy back-to-school season through a partnership with Save the Children? Check this out. I’m in love with that quilt!
Save the Children Back to School Quilt
For more than 29 years, T.J.Maxx has been working with Save the Children U.S. Programs to make a lasting, positive change in the lives of children. Starting this August and continuing throughout the back-to-school season, there will be three ways for shoppers to give back:
- Purchasing a quilt ($49.99) featuring bright, colorful designs with 25% going back to the foundation
- Buying a reusable STC bag at the register to tout around town
- Giving a dollar at the register – each effort goes a long way!
Oh wait, and there’s more.
One lucky winner will receive a $25 gift card good for T.J.Maxx or Marshall’s to shop the hottest back-to-school trends.
It’s a simple entry. Just leave a comment and tell me how you’re getting into the back-to-school spirit this year. I will randomly draw a winner on Friday, August 23rd. Good luck!
fine print: This contest is open to everyone over the age of 18 with a US or Canadian a mailing address. I will use the And The Winner Is plugin for WordPress to randomly select a winner on August 23, 2013. When the comments are closed on this post, you will know the giveaway is over. I will send a personal email, giving the winner three days to accept. If there is no reply, I will select another winner. See my Giveaway Policies for more details.
disclosure: Marshall’s and T.J.Maxx provided me with gift cards to facilitate this post and to sponsor the giveaway. All opinions and experiences are mine.