I’ll be the first to admit that for a long time I avoided shopping at discount department stores like Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, and Ross because I didn’t have the patience to wade through the racks to find the great scores. A few months ago, though, I found some time one afternoon to browse through Ross and I was instantly hooked. Merrell sneakers for my first grader for $19.99 instead of $45? Yes, please.
These days I stop in my local Marshall’s and TJ Maxx at least twice a month to see what I can find. Some recent bargain sightings:
- Thomas Wooden Railway trains and track sets for at least 40% off the regular prices
- Melissa & Doug puzzles and play food sets for $10 and under
- Kids’ Crocs for $12.99 (real Crocs, not knockoffs!)
- Zutano onesies and soft pants for $6 each
- Tommee Tippee and Baby Brezza feeding accessories at 50% off
The infant section is usually so well-stocked that a bargain-hunting expectant mom could probably buy her whole layette. I always see crib bedding, muslin receiving blankets, Boppies and their covers, baby bathtubs and towels, baby grooming sets, and a ton of onesies and sleepers.
Plus, for the truly patient shopper, there are racks and racks of babies’ and kids’ clothes and shoes. Some of the brands I’ve spotted are Ralph Lauren, Hurley, Roxy and Stride Rite. Occasionally I find something for myself, like the Adrianna Papell dress I’d seen at Nordstrom for $158 … for $59.99. The catch is that there is no guarantee you will find a specific item you are looking for, or even that the same items will be available between one week and the next.
I’d love to hear from other discount store addicts: what are some of your best finds?