Patience or Punishment? The Horror of Shopping at TJ Maxx and Marshall’s 

I’m not sure if you’re aware of this, but Mother’s Day is right around the corner and if you’re as lucky as I am then your mom’s birthday is either on that big day or right after. This is how I ended up in Shopping Hell.

I thought it’d be a good idea to get a jump on the holiday and go out to the stores that normally get the nicer things. I went out to the Mt. Pleasant stores and was greeted by nearly the entire town. People were every where and it was extremely hard to get into the right head space for stores where you have to hunt for things. It was distracting and by distracting I mean there were so many people crowded around where I should’ve been looking that I was forced to look for things for myself.

I’m not making that up. It totally happened. Instead of looking for tunics and Capri pants–the old Southern lady uniform, I was in the active wear section looking for gym clothes. I even ended up in the Men’s section where I scored a pair of basketball shorts. They are awesome, btw.

Anyway, what I’ve realized with TJ Maxx and Marshall’s now–aside from the mental preparation it takes to shop these stores–is that they’re really offering high end brands at what should be considered bargain prices; but they really aren’t. Sure, I’d like to own a Balenciaga handbag, but with a $700 price tag I think I’ll pass.

The Mt. Pleasant store clearly gets all the fancy schmancy out of season/oops/phased out pieces because the West Ashley store ain’t hockin’ $127 Rag&Bone jeans. With those prices, wouldn’t it make more sense to just shop the designer directly? This is crazy to me. I believe that you have to invest in classic staple pieces and a good pair of jeans is hard to come by. But why invest it at a place that doesn’t cater to specific fits, cuts, or pieces? You certainly can’t count on them to carry that piece that fits you amazingly when you want to add to your wardrobe or you need to replace.

TJ Maxx and Marshall’s serve a purpose, but it’s not the smartest place to spend a $100+ on something that’s not furniture. Spending $100+ on several things, okay sure. 1 thing, though? 1 article of clothing? No. 

They have nice things, don’t get me wrong. I discovered some beautiful cropped blouses by a line called Philosophy–Republic Clothing that were very inexpensive. Eye catching, demure collarless cropped blouses that would look great with jeans or slacks. I pair my cropped tops with high waisted pants…for reasons that I would literally fight you about, so mind your business!

Let me just say this: I’m 5’5″, 125 lbs, 32″ bust, 24/25″ waist, and XS/S. I’m long and thin–my arms and legs are stupid long, so some things in a regular cut are too short and I’m screwed. 

All that was said to make this point: I saw this blouse and instantly fell in love.  

I grabbed an XS and a S and ran to the fitting room to try them on. The neck holes on these tops are not big hair or regular head size friendly. Took me a minute to get this on. The S was up first and once I got it over the head, the arms were the next struggle. It was hard to bend my arms or rest them comfortably in any position. 

I really wanted this blouse and my first thought was that it just runs small. This is not a juniors blouse, Ladies–I don’t venture to that dark side of the store. I grabbed a M, didn’t try it on, paid for it, and left. Tried it on when I got home and was literally swimming in fabric. 

Back to the store it goes. 😒

This is why I try not to shop stores like these! They’re hit-or-miss for me as they rarely have things in my size or the cut is all generic. If anyone out there has great success with these places, I’d love to share your story. I think we’d all like to know the science behind finding great pieces in a sea of regret. You can comment below or e-mail me at

Btw, I still haven’t found anything for Mother’s Day/Mama’s Birthday 😩 I guess the search continues next week. 

–Nikki ❤️

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