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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Preppy T.J. Maxx Treasures for the Middle-Aged Mom

No talk of politics here!  Just some bargain shopping at T.J. Maxx.  Last month I shopped at this discount store for the first time in a decade, and I came home with so many great finds.  I could just kick myself for driving by this place so many times when I could have been finding designer items for a fraction of the retail price.  Today I share with you the best deals I found for fall and winter.

This J. Crew creme collarless wool coat was by far my biggest prize.  I have been looking for a wool dress coat for some time, and I love the winter white color.  This is double lined, and there was exactly one in the whole store, and it was in my size.  I like the uniqueness of this coat with a zip-up front and no collar.  At only $80 I knew this was a bargain, but I didn't realize how much of a discount I had gotten until I looked it up on the Internet and saw that it retails for $350: a savings of $220!

My seven-year old was happily snapping away as fashion photographer of the day.  It was cloudy and rainy, so the quality of my pics aren't so great in this post.

I've been looking for a simple black clutch for an upcoming formal event, and I found this Jessica McClintock metal mesh bag with the silver chain for only $17.  This normally retails for $48, so I saved $31.

I love this purple Lauren/Ralph Lauren wrap dress.  It's simple, classic, elegant, and yet so comfortable to wear.


The retail price is $130.

But I found it for $50 for a savings of $80.

And then, there were these shoes that my daughter fell in love with, but they were only available in my size.  I really don't like heels, and most of my closet contains flats in various colors and styles, but I needed something with a little height to wear with a long dress, and I liked these.

Once again, I didn't realize what a bargain I was getting for these Via Spiga suede pumps until I came home and looked them up on the Web.  I paid $70 at T.J. Maxx, but these Italian shoes retail for $195.  Savings of $125.  And these are actually comfortable!

So these four items: coat, clutch, dress, and shoes would normally cost a total of $723, but I found them at T.J. Maxx for only $217.  Grand total savings of  $506. 

Along with some other less dramatic bargains on a separate shopping excursion, I also found this Milano gold sweater and Calvin Klein skinny ankle jeans.

I love this shimmery sweater with the sheer panel underneath.  I think it's festive enough to dress up with some black pants for the holidays.

Or it can be worn with jeans and boots for everyday wear to the school to volunteer or out to lunch with friends.  The sweater was around $20, but I couldn't find it online, so I'm not sure how much savings went on with that purchase.  The Calvin Klein jeans were $30 and normally retail for about $69, so I saved at least $39 on these pieces as well.

 I went back to the store several times and lucked out with teen clothing for both my son and daughter too.  You can never be sure what you'll find there each time because the merchandise changes frequently.  There was quite a bit of home decor and seasonal items that I didn't even browse through.  From now on, T.J. Maxx will be my first stop for wardrobe shopping.

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