No, I didn't go back and buy the Marc dress (sigh), but I did score something else that's equally exciting, if not as glamorous: This coat from Catherine Malandrino's Spring '07 collection. It was in her boutique for about $600, but TJ Maxx knocked it down to $200, but nobody bought it (which we can sort of understand - a canvas coat with three-quarter puff sleeves and military closures isn't exactly the easiest thing in the world to wear). I pulled it from a hunching hanger in the back of the clearance rack - weirdly, it was in the "Cocktail Dresses" section, and even more unexpected: It cost $120 with tax! Now I have an excuse to buy some long scrunchy gloves - they'll look great with a cropped sleeve. --FARAN
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Inside the World of Off-Price Retail: We Go Behind the Scenes at Marshalls and T.J. Maxx HQ
Whether or not you consider yourself a "Maxxinista," you've probably shopped at T.J. Maxx or Marshalls at least once in your life. And while you were shopping, you might have been surprised to find items from Marc Jacobs or YSL or Gucci or even just Vince and Theory basics discounted for more than half off the retail price. Yesterday T.J. Maxx and Marshall's hosted a group of fashion bloggers at their headquarters in Framingham, MA to learn more about how these stores buy and sell all that designer merch on the cheap. It's quite an operation.