Hey Maxxinistas! Take a look at how to get designer brands for less. Follow these Tips for T.J.Maxx The Runway Collection. Your resale might even find you spending nothing but getting at least a wear or two out of a something special! Get the max for the minimum… maybe even make money (potential income)!
You know me… chasing high end, for less.
I have had quite the struggle finding enough dresses for a multi-event Cuban wedding in Miami. First, my every day style is pajama wear. Second, I have a large family and it gets pricy trying to dress everyone.
After months of preparing ahead I stumbled on a little secret…. The Runway Collection at T.J.Maxx carries many of the SAME ITEMS found in high end stores including Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Anthropologie, etc. That means, I could 1.) Get what I love 2.) Not spend too much 3.) If I desired, resell it for almost the same price I purchased it for on a places like Poshmark (sign up and use code LANGSTONA for $10) or thredUP.
How to shop designer brands at T.J. Maxx
First, go to https://tjmaxx.tjx.com/store/shop/runway/. When shopping designer brands on T.J.Maxx online, I knew the brands I liked.
Second, in the search bar, enter the brand names you like.
Next, began saving dresses by adding items you like to your cart.
This next step is very important. You want to compare sizing and styling to high-end brand name stores.
For example, once, I had a good runway selection of discount dresses that I liked, I went to Google and found the same dresses in high end department stores.
On these websites, I read reviews, compared sizing, and looked at review photos of how others styled the high end products I liked. If I could not find that exact dress, I looked for similar styles.
Another resource that was very helpful in comparing how others felt the dress fit was Rent the Runway. They have 100s of photos. Sometimes they even have the dress for sale, but I found the used dress was even more than the TJMaxx price.
Comparing the dresses I liked to designer dress reviews of others helped me narrow down my choices in styles, sizing and brands. Most of the dresses I found were still be sold for the retail price at these high end department stores.
Keep in mind, the inventory is often low. If you have found your size, grab the item while you can. You can always return it if you decide you do not like it. Just be aware of the T.J. Maxx return policy.
T.J. Maxx Runway Tips
Since I shared with you the steps I took to save on my brand name dresses, take a look at my own tips and T.J. Maxx Runway review purchases two brand name dresses.
First, want to know something I really learned while shopping online. The MSRP (manufacturer suggested retail price) is actually much higher than what T.J. Maxx shows. This was surprising. T.J. Maxx was selling their savings short. Even when the price tag arrived, the label was higher than what they listed online.
High End Designer Gown
The first item I picked up was a discounted luxury gown for a black tie wedding. I knew I likely wanted the brand Mac Duggal. When I did my research, this was the brand over and over that had dresses I loved.
Sometimes T.J. Maxx had a number of Mac Duggal dresses, other times a small selection. When I found this yellow Mac Duggal Floral Gown With Cut Outs And Ruffle Sleeve, I feel and love and felt it was the perfect style for Miami.
Notice a few things. T.J. Maxx lists this dress for $199.99 from $400. However, even listed at Nordstrom it is $598 (not the $400 TJMaxx lists.) That’s a huge savings!
High End Cocktail Dress
The next dress I needed was a cocktail group. In a shared Grandmillenial Facebook group I am in, people were talking about dresses for weddings. My eyes flew to the thread as I new I needed a few more dresses for multiple events.
Someone mentioned the Hutch tulle dress they saw at Anthropologie was now at T.J. Maxx. They had not even had a chance to get it on sale on Anthro and they were thrilled to see it even less at T.J. I instantly began researching sizing.
This was one place I had a misstep. When researching sizing, the current dresses on Anthoropologie.com are running small. However, the last season (same style dresses) were running true to size. So I ordered three that were way to big. I did have to quickly re-order when my package arrived. I went to T.J. Maxx and quickly returned my large dresses to stay within my return window and to keep those charges of my next credit card billing cycle.
The Hutch cocktail dress even arrived with a price tag of $230, so this style of dress was really a lot more! I felt like a Maxxinista with all these savings!
Note: Of the four dresses I received, one did have a zipper that was stubborn. I saw no quality issues on the other items.
T.J. Maxx Runway Stores
If you want to shop TJ Maxx’s Runway section in person, there are a number of T.J. Maxx Runway Store locations. Shop Atlanta, Beverly Hills, Boston, New York City, Washington D.C. Etc.
These are the states where Runway locations are listed on their website.
Every T.J. Maxx does not have The Runway. You can see The Runway Stores in each city of each state here.
At the stores, employees and cashiers might be able to tell you when items are further discounted, if they restock T.J. Maxx daily or when new shipments arrive to their T.J. Maxx store locations.
Rumor is to shop Monday when T.J. Maxx restocks products. Also shop Wednesday mornings as that is when they discount their items even more!
T.J. Maxx Runway Brands
T.J. Maxx does not sell fakes. If you love luxury brands you can save. Examples of just a few of the name brands you can find the best deals on at T.J. Maxx include…
Rag and Bone
and so many more brands for less.
How to Save More on T.J. Maxx
When you make that purchase, make sure you use a coupon code.
T.J. Maxx Coupon Codes
First, save this T.J. Maxx online coupon code. Use code SHIP89 to get free shipping when you spend $89 or more.
For the cheaper Hutch dress, I bought multiple sizes of the items I purchased. I bought within a 30 day period and then returned within that time, only to not feel the pain of a multi-purchase on my credit card. This easily got my order to $89 and then I just swung by my local T.J.Maxx (it does not have to be a T.J.Maxx Runway location) to return the dress(es) I did not need.
T.J. Maxx Tag Colors
When shopping in person, know your tags. The tag color can help you understand your savings.
- White Tag – Regular price
- Purple Tag – Runway item
- Blue Tag – Items with coordinating prices
- Red Tag – Clearance price
- Yellow Tag – Final markdown
How to Resell Designer Brand Clothing
The T.J. Maxx hacks for the Maxxinistas!
Now let’s turn some of your purchases into cash. If your purchase item is a one time wear, consign the items you bought. You can use consign locally or use online consignment shops.
Join two places.
Poshmark is perfect for taking control of items you want to sell. You are the consigner. You do the work. I know I can resell both my Hutch and Mac Duggal dresses for the purchase price I paid.
In the case of thredUP, you send in the dress, they do the selling. The set the price and might be able to sell it for you. The dress is not in your possession. I found thredUP helpful for buying, but for selling my high end items. In fact, I mentioned the Miami wedding I was attending. I bought my teenage girls, eight dresses for under $80. The were brand names that I knew they would fit in from places like Dillards and Macy’s.
Look at these resell prices!
T.J. Maxx Price: $59.99
Anthropologie Current Price: $230.00
Poshmark Listing Price: $200 (potential income!)
Mac Duggal Gown
T.J. Maxx Price: $199.99
Nordstrom Current Price: $598.00
Poshmark Listing Price: $319 (potential income!)
You might find you get to wear this dress for free if you can resell the dress for the same discounted price you bought it for… or even more!
How the real question we are all left hanging with… why is T.J. Maxx so cheap?
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