10 Items to Always Buy at TJ Maxx + TJ Maxx Shopping Hacks

Have you ever been on a treasure hunt?  You just know there is some buried treasure to be found and it might just be your lucky day.  That’s the exact feeling I have when I walk into stores like TJ Maxx, Marshall’s and Homegoods.  You never know when you walk in what buried treasure you might find!

TJ Maxx is Always My First Stop

When I am in the market for something, TJ Maxx and the like are my first stop (even before Amazon, gasp I know).  The reason is that places like TJ Maxx by overstock from companies at a fraction of the cost and pass on the savings to their customers.

For example, I always buy my phone cases at TJ Maxx.  When I got my iPhone X I stopped in and found a Kate Spade phone case for $15 that retailed at the phone store for over $50.  Most likely, what happened was that Kate Spade made a certain number of phone cases of that style, retailers bought a certain amount and TJ Maxx bought the remainder of unsold items at a steep discount.

Don’t be Intimidated

So, if you are new to shopping at TJ Maxx, it’s easy to be intimidated.  So, I thought I would share with you my favorite items to buy at TJ Maxx and then some helpful shopping hints.  Make sure to sound off in the comments any helpful hints you have too!

What are the best items to buy at TJ Maxx?

Tech Accessories

I already told you that as soon as I bought my new phone, my next stop was TJ Maxx to pick up a phone case.  Usually, the tech accessories are housed by the checkout line.  You can find screen protectors, extra cables, cases, headphones and more.  All name brand items for a fraction of the cost.

Home Decor Items

I love having plants in my home but I have a brown thumb so fake greenery is my sweet spot.  TJ Maxx and Homegoods have an incredible selection of potted greenery all year long.  Not only that they have an amazing selection on photo frames, pillows, curtains, bedding, accent furniture, artwork, and rugs.

lazy susan organization tool

Home Organization Items

Recently, I reorganized my pantry and before I ordered my organization supplies I needed online I stopped into TJ Maxx and found 2 lazy susans and some tiered risers for canned goods.  TJ Maxx also has a great selection of baskets and plastic organizational supplies.

Women’s Shoes

My go-to for shoes is often Target but everyone ends up with the same shoes as me.  TJ Maxx has some of my favorite brands like Lucky Brand, Franco Sarto, Adidas, and Sam Edelman just to name a few at a fraction of the cost.

Unique Women’s Clothing

I have already professed my love for all things Target but I love TJ Maxx clothing because not everyone will have the same exact shirt.  I can often times sweaters, layering pieces, and even athletic gear.  They have dressing rooms so you can try on everything before you buy.

They have three sections of women’s clothing – juniors, misses and plus size. In addition, they have a separate section for seasonal items like outerwear and another section for dresses and athletic wear.

Under Armor boys socks


I know this is kind of a silly one but I buy all of our family’s socks at TJ Maxx.  Everything from dress socks to athletic socks.  We just picked up my husband several pairs of Happy Socks (that retail for $8-10 at Nordstrom) for $3.99.  We also just got my son 3 pairs of UA basketball socks for $5 (normally retail for ($16).

Black Jordan athletic shorts with TJ Maxx tag

Name Brand Sports Apparel

My son loves to wear athletic gear every day.  He literally only owns one pair of jeans and promptly changes back into athletic gear when we get home from church.  It can get expensive even at stores like Target so I love to stock up on brand-name apparel like Under Armor, Nike, and Adidas at TJ Maxx.

The trick is to shop early in the season.  It’s February and I just picked up some new shorts for my son before everyone else thinks about it and inventory is depleted.


Once again, you can find awesome name-brand sunglasses for as little as $9.99.  This is the perfect price point for a pair of pool or beach sunglasses.  They house their sunglasses by the checkout so while you wait to check out, you can try on sunglasses!

Toys & Board Books

TJ Maxx usually has an awesome selection of unique toys and always have a great selection of Melissa and Doug items.  One of our family’s favorite brands!  They also have great prices on board books which make great gifts for your kids and others.  I love to shop year round my kids for birthdays and Christmas.

Psst…If you like saving money, then  check out the 12 things we stopped buying at the grocery store.


TJ Maxx Sign

A Few TJ Maxx Hacks…

If you see it, buy it.  TJ Maxx has limited inventory since they buy overstock they won’t necessarily get that exact item again.  If I see something for a gift, I get it and store it away.

Shop often.  TJ Maxx usually gets a new truck full of inventory several times a week so the inventory is always turning over.

Shop during the week.  TJ Maxx like any other store is busier on the weekend and you do need to take a little time to look through the racks and aisles.  Most markdowns occur on Wednesday’s before opening.

Shopping Clearance.  First, understand how the price tag works.  White tags are the usual everyday low price.  Red tags are the sale price and the yellow tag indicates the final, lowest clearance price.  Sale home decor items are usually found on endcaps at the back of the store, clearance shoes are usually in the last shoe row and clearance clothing is generally on separate rounder rack.

Compare the price.  Generally, you can find good if not better deals at TJ Maxx but just to be sure I use the Amazon app to scan the item and compare the price.  TJ Maxx places a “compared to” price on each of their items and those are not always accurate.  Do your own research.

Return policy.  Items can be returned within 30 days with receipt. Returns without a receipt or outside of the return window will be issued store credit.

TJ Maxx purchases

So, do you shop at TJ Maxx?

When I am in need of something I always go there first.  It doesn’t always work out.  Just last week I was looking for a laptop sleeve and came up short.  However, this week I found the socks I was after.  It’s worth a look and you never know what hidden treasure you might find!

Do you shop at TJ Maxx?  What TJ Maxx do you have?  What items do you like to buy there?  They also have an online store now too but I have to admit, it’s not as fun as hunting in the store ;)!

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Until next time, keep on keeping on with a simple, purposeful life. 

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