5.16.2012

Maxxinista

Happy Hump Day readers!  I'm baaaaack!!!

It's been awhile!  I can't believe I haven't posted in almost two weeks--I'm now in my fourth week of full time teaching and I have been pouring my heart and soul into this class.  I'll be honest, the situation I came into was no good.  I'm the students' third teacher of the year, there are multiple behavior issues in the room, and I'm trying to get the students' back on a strong academic track....BUT, the class has made HUGE gains!!!  Friday was field day and hearing positive feedback from parents meant the world to me.  Now I've just got four and a half more weeks to go before summer!

Anyways, I've had lots of posts up my sleeve for the last few weeks, but no time to post.  I'm hoping to now be back to my regular schedule!  Today I wanted to share a recent trip to TJ Maxx with you.

I've posted about my love for Marshall's before, but TJ Maxx has never been my thing.  I've heard great things, but I don't love the clothes our local TJ Maxx has to offer.  About a month ago I was on the hunt for some cheap colored denim though and thought I'd give TJ Maxx a shot.  I was still disappointed by the clothes, but I died over a purse...

bright yellow, adorable shape, and leather--perfection in my book!

It was a little pricey for a TJ Maxx purse and I'd never heard of the designer (Pulicati) so I decided I would leave it at the store and think about it.

Well, my friends, I dreamed of that purse every day for a whole week!  I decided to go back and give it a second look.  Luckily, it hadn't been bought!

I still wasn't 100% sure if I wanted to take the plunge, so I decided to hold onto it as I browsed the store.  I'm sure you know how well that ended.

While browsing I found some other treasures...

Remember This?
I dedicated an ENTIRE post to my love of lucite bamboo chairs (see here)...these babies usually run close to $300.  This one was $80!  Upon closer inspection it had some imperfections, so I restrained myself from buying it.

Next I found these lovelies!  You know I'm a sucker for pink and green so I had to have these cutie cocktail napkins!  I also thought those wine glass bow ties would be perfect for keeping track of wine glasses at our next get together.

Next I found this gorgeous Wedgwood vase!  It's classic look would be the perfect touch just about anywhere in a home....AND what makes it even better---

The original price tag was on the box!
I always get super excited when I can see just how much I saved.  The original price of the vase was $118 and this one was selling for $19.99.  I bought TWO!

And finally, I think my last find was fate.  Remember these bamboo director's chairs I ogled over at CWC's river house (see post here)?

love!

Well...I found the exact chairs at none other than TJ MAXX!

I'm picturing them with a traditional monogram in the exact ivory color as the canvas...subtle and chic!
These chairs were only $29.99, so naturally I got two of these as well!

My parents were a bit overwhelmed when I came home...

My total loot!  I went a little crazy, but got a ton of bang for my buck!!!

What's your favorite of the goods I scored?

Are you a Maxxinista?  What are your favorite bargain shopping spots?

How have you been?  Fill me in...I've missed my bloggy friends!!!

Have a great Wednesday!

21 comments:

  1. I loveee TJ Maxx and Homegoods and Marshalls! Last year I found a pair of Gucci, Coach, and Tory Burch sunglasses at Marshalls! Its kind of hit or miss but I think that is what makes it fun!

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  2. I love the bag. Generally I only shop for shoes and hand bags at TJ Max... I get too over whelmed at the clothes there.

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  3. I love being a Maxxinista too :)

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  4. Wow, you really lucked out! What great finds - it's so hard to pick a favorite, but I think the bag and the chairs are amazing finds!

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  5. i'm with jess, the clothes jam packed in there is overwhelming.. The husband got MOST of my mother's days gifts there after the oldest convinced him to go..he was reluctant, thinking I would think he was cheap!! LOL!! Love their bags! Everyone loves a good teacher, bet you are doing great!

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  6. Love your purse! I think that TJ Maxx is great. :) The one by me isn't as good as the one I used to go to, but it's great when you find a great deal. Coming into a class mid-year is really hard, but it sounds like you're doing an amazing job. :)

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  7. Wow! Good for you! I have a hard shopping but I usually do walk away with something. You did great!

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  8. You scored some cute stuff Allie. I'm a big Maxxinista, your post makes me want to visit the store.

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  9. Love all your finds. I have a hard time finding clothes at TJ Maxx in my size although I've seen some cute Lilly dresses for super cheap in all the wrong sizes. But their housewares are fabulous! Love the directors chair. So sad the chiavari chair had some damages - chiavari's are my fav.

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  10. OMG you totally scored. Those vases are classic and you'll have them forever!

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  11. I'm so glad that your teaching job is going well. I do not have a TJ Maxx that is really close to me so I haven't been in awhile. I did go to Marshalls the other day. It's five minutes away. The others are more like 20 minutes.

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  12. Wow great finds! The vases will be pretty with some small tea roses or hydrangeas! So fun going "TJ Maxxing". I need to go, it's been awhile!

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  13. SO jealous! How do I not find stuff like everyone else?! LOVE your steals!!!

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  14. Awesome, awesome finds, Allie! I love the chairs, I think you need to get them monogrammed. And you lucked out with that purse, because I've gone back for purses before and they've been gone :( Hope all is well! Miss you!

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  15. I was just in TJ Maxx this morning!! I never look at the clothes either, only the purses, home goods, and toys. They sometimes have cute boys clothes too. They always have awesome purses and yours is no exception. Love it!!

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  16. Yay for the progress you've made with your new class! That is awesome! :)

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  17. That is totally amazing what you have done with your new class...it's not easy to jump in at middle/end of the year and be able to make a difference, bravo! And *MAJOR* scores, Maxxinista! LOVE the purse!

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  18. I am hoping to find a pair of lucite chairs for SHS and I to use for our wedding (then to bring home to our married home!)--I will definitely be checking out Tj's for one. Love those director chairs and your fun yellow purse. :)

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  19. New follower! Love ur cute blog! Keep the posts coming!
    Xx

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  20. You got such cute stuff! Love the purse!

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  21. You picked up great things! I love that chair, but you had good reason for passing it up.

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