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Off the Rack: T.J. Maxx Pre-Spring Highlights

A couple days ago, I went to T.J. Maxx to pick up some coffee (T.J.'s is my go-to source for cheap, whole-bean coffee), but of course, I was sidetracked by the new spring handbags and shoes. And the home goods. It happens. My store had rolled out lots of colorful options to help you refresh your wardrobe and your space. Handbag highlights included Jessica Simpson mini colorblock bags in mint green or bright orange, pastel satchels made from fine Italian leather and Michael Kors tech sleeves in rainbow hues.

For shoes, I was loving the bright flats from DV Dolce Vita and Nine West as well as sparkly heels from Ivanka Trump (I'm told her heels are comfortable). In home decor, I nearly cried tears of joy when I saw two amazing chevron chairs by Cynthia Rowley - the print was just so happy! And the price was decent, too, $129.99 each.

Ultimately, I stuck to my plan and bought a couple bags of coffee beans and, confession time, I got a neon/neutral Rebecca Minkoff bag - but I'll probably return it. I just needed it to come home with me for a few days. LOL. I was shopping with a friend who told me, "Your T.J. Maxx is so much better than mine!" and now I'm beginning to think that she (and many of you readers) are right!

See anything here that you'll make a trip to your T.J. Maxx for?

{Shown above: Jessica Simpson mint glitter crossbody bag, $19.99 (compare at $58)}

Italian leather bags, $99 (compare at $170)

Decorative mirror, $39.99 (compare at $80)

Jessica Simpson bag, $19.99 (compare at $58); in back, you can spy the Michael Kors tech sleeves for $19.99, available in red, pink, orange, blue and green.

Nine West colorblock bag, $29.99 (compare at $59)

Deux Lux woven bag, $50 (compare at $95)

Rebecca Minkoff neon/neutral bag, $179.99 (retail $295)

Rebecca Minkoff 3-Zip "Rocker" bag in sage, $99 (retail $150)

DKNY crossbody bag, $80 (retail $195)

Rebecca Minkoff wallet, $60 (compare at $125)

Steve Madden handbag, $40 (retail $108)

Jessica Simpson bag, $19.99 (retail $58)

Ivanka Trump gold glitter heels, $60 (compare at $96)

Nine West mint patent pumps, $35 (compare at $55)

BCBGeneration python neon pumps, $40 (compare at $79.99)

Ivanka Trump glitter heels, $60 (compare at $96)

DV Dolce Vita loafers, $39.99 (compare at $80)

Nine West striped flats, $29.99 (compare at $48)

Gray tufted chair $250 (compare at $500)

Cynthia Rowley chevron chair, $129.99 (compare at $250)

Cynthia Rowley floral chair, $129.99 (compare at $295)

Trellis towels by Cynthia Rowley, I think these were around $12 each

Assorted wrapping paper in chevron, polka dots and stripes, $2.00 (compare at $8.95)

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I wish my TJ Maxx had stuff like that!! Everyone always has such luck finding awesome stuff at their local TJ Maxx.
#1 Ann Marie Nski (Homepage) on 2013-03-01 16:16 (Reply)
I really need a chair in my bedroom and both of those options are perfect. Thanks for sharing and inspiring
#2 shavon (Homepage) on 2013-03-01 16:27 (Reply)
Thanks for this post... I love shopping from my couch! What kind of coffee so you buy there?
#3 Amanda on 2013-03-01 16:29 (Reply)
@Amanda - So it's different each time - this trip, I bought one bag of Columbian Supremo by a brand called Unique Coffee Roasters ( and another bag of Copper Moon Dark French Roast. We're enjoying both! Since I'm pregnant I have maybe half a cup of coffee with lots of milk a day, no more, just to limit caffeine. :-)
#3.1 The Budget Babe on 2013-03-02 10:15 (Reply)
Your TJ Maxx is awesome! Those Jessica Simpson bags are so chic!
#4 lisacng @ (Homepage) on 2013-03-01 16:38 (Reply)
Oh my goodness I love TJ Maxx. Everything you picked out was perfect. What a perfect way to update your wardrobe. Another easy tool to incorporate your wardrobe is The StyleUp! Check it out!
#5 Hannah (Homepage) on 2013-03-01 21:40 (Reply)
Enabler alert: you're going to want a small handbag when the baby comes because you'll also be lugging around a diaper bag so the RM is perfect.
#6 Jessica on 2013-03-01 21:59 (Reply)
@Jessica LOL! Well in THAT case... ;-)

p.s. any tips on where to find a stylish yet functional diaper bag?
#6.1 The Budget Babe on 2013-03-02 10:12 (Reply)
We loved our Skiphop bag. Lots of pockets to stash things, and a slim changing pad. They also have this awesome clips so you can hook it to the handle of your stroller - so it doesn't interfere with your own stylish purse;) They also have a TON of prints, that are good for mom and pop!
#6.1.1 Katie AIlinger on 2013-03-03 08:39 (Reply)
Thanks for introducing me to this brand! I was just browsing their stuff at, pinned a few things and will be adding to my registry, hehe.
# The Budget Babe on 2013-03-06 10:46 (Reply)
I loved my Timi and Leslie diaper bag! I got a pewter color and it looked like a large handbag and it had short handles like a satchel or a long one for shoulder carrying.
#6.1.2 Katie on 2013-03-06 08:47 (Reply)
Thanks for these tips, googling Timi and Leslie now! (And how cute are the brand names?!)
# The Budget Babe on 2013-03-06 10:45 (Reply)
Now that is a good TJMaxx! I would love to find the Rebecca Minkokk wallet. The Jessica Simpson bags are cheaper than some at Target. I have been buying my wrapping paper at TJM/Marshalls lately, I love those prints and they are carried at Papyrus :-)

#7 Tracy (Homepage) on 2013-03-01 22:25 (Reply)
Love this post! I was just at TJ MAXX today and sadly mine doesn't have all this cute stuff! I loved everything you picked out, and that bag is amazing! You should def keep it! Check out my blog sometime if you get a chance!
#8 Kathleen (Homepage) on 2013-03-01 22:25 (Reply)
Oh do tell.. Where in CT is this TJMaxx???
#9 Jessica on 2013-03-01 22:29 (Reply)
I love TJ Maxx! Our TJ is fabulously stocked! I try to go Thursday nights or Friday mornings. Apparently, that is around the time my store gets stocked and all the new and pretty things come out. :-)
#10 sarahsosa on 2013-03-03 00:35 (Reply)
Great finds! It's all about the pop of color to keep spring fresh :-)
#11 VisualTherapyNY (Homepage) on 2013-03-04 11:55 (Reply)
Wish mine had stuff like that - I would freak out if I ever saw a Rebecca Minkoff bag! :-)
#12 Elizabeth on 2013-03-04 16:49 (Reply)
I love when you do these posts. They save me so much time and give me hope for a trip to TJM.
#13 Mac (Homepage) on 2013-03-05 19:55 (Reply)
beautiful picks! I'll have to look at the bags the next time I am there (I mostly look at the homegoods items)
#14 Calli (Homepage) on 2013-03-06 20:58 (Reply)
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