T.J.Maxx 1000th Store comes to Washington DC

Today marks a momentous occasion for T.J.Maxx – their 1,000th store opens. It also marks a momentous occasion for all DC fashionistas – this store is in our very city at Metro Center!  Last night I had the opportunity to get a tour of the new T.J.Maxx and learn a bit about the company.

The new DC T.J.Maxx is FABULOUS. I have been a “Maxxinista” since middle school (even scored one of my prom dresses at T.J.Maxx!).  I love how I can find designer and on-trend pieces for less and how I know that discount price doesn't mean sub-par quality.  I have been to a good dozen different T.J.Maxx stores over the years. This one blows the rest out of the water. When you enter the doors, you see a few accessories, but when you take the escalator down, you are amazed at the incredible size (over 28,000 square feet!) and airiness of the store. A huge jewelry area with display cases full of on-trend necklaces and bracelets leads you to well-organized departments for clothing, shoes, menswear, children, beauty, luggage, and home.  I also loved the displays – mannequins, display cubes and T-fixtures to break up the rolling rack monotony and showcase really great pieces.

TJ Maxx The Runway
Hey, I recognize those stripes and that chevron knit! Click the images to see them larger.

The T.J.Maxx at Metro Center has The Runway – a department that showcases high-end designer clothing and accessories at fabulous T.J.Maxx discount prices. T.J.Maxx doesn’t like anyone to state what brands are featured, but these pictures hopefully will give you an example of the amazing designers available!

TJ Maxx Shoes
Shoes, shoes, shoes! I was in love with their extensive shoe selection, the brands totally impressed me!

Along with chi chi brands, T.J.Maxx has a lot of popular department-store brands, and styles that are currently popular and available at regularly-priced retailers. Unlike department stores who purchase new merchandise monthly or quarterly, T.J.Maxx buyers are shopping weekly, reacting to the most current trends for up-to-date fashion. Each store receives around 10,000 new pieces each week, so your local T.J.Maxx can be a completely different store each time you visit. T.J.Maxx doesn’t just buy from big brands, they have over 15,000 vendors they work with, which means you may find big covetable brand names, or you may find a unique leather bag from an independent designer in Florence or a beautiful bowl crafted from a beachside Thai artist.  I can attest to this, owning a gorgeous hand-painted tablecloth from India that I found at T.J.Maxx and would never be able to find at any local retailer.

TJ Maxx Fashion
Liz from So Much to Smile About showing off an adorable popular designer dress she found at T.J.Maxx

T.J.Maxx may have low prices, but they do not have low quality. Over 85% of merchandise in their stores is current – anything from last season is marked and priced as such (except for items that don’t change with the trends like holiday gift wrap). Also 95% of T.J.Maxx merchandise is first quality (same quality you find at department stores), that other 5% is marked as such and has a lower ticket price.  I saw the same dress I bought at Nordstrom last month on a rack for almost 50% of what I paid. 

The new Metro Center T.J.Maxx is located at 601 13th St, NW and is open 9:30am to 9:30pm Monday-Saturday and 11:00am to 8:00pm on Sundays. I encourage you to check it out, and be sure to report back to let me know what great deals you scored!

Note: I did receive a gift card for attending the store preview, but was not asked to write this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  1. April 29, 2012 / 2:28 am

    omg this is AMAZING!!! I wish my TJ Maxx store had such great stuff!!

  2. April 27, 2012 / 3:29 pm

     i have often wondered the same thing, so i googled it and found this:
    “T.J. Maxx, adopted the name T.K. Maxx for stores in the UK, Ireland,
    Germany and Poland to avoid confusion with the existing but separate
    discount chain T J Hughes”
    no idea if thats correct, but it sounds plausible!

  3. April 27, 2012 / 3:24 pm

     im game! your schedule is probably tighter than mine, so you let me know!

  4. April 27, 2012 / 9:56 am

     Honestly? I shop primarily online because I don’t like shopping and stores like TJ Maxx usually give me hives.  I hope this one stays spacious and clean so it can be enjoyable to shop for bargains.  And you’re right, the woman from TJ Maxx said the buyers fill stores based on where they are located, like the DC one has a big Runway area and lots of suiting.

  5. April 27, 2012 / 9:54 am

     I was drooling over some blue Ikat-print sheets from DVF that they had there. Totally don’t go with my bedroom decor but so pretty. I shold go back and see if I can find some that actually coordinate!

  6. April 26, 2012 / 11:06 pm

    I’ve never been to a TJ Maxx and I’ve been intrigued by their commercials but now I’m definitely going to have to go check out the one in DC! (It would help if I wasn’t broke, lolz)

  7. Katelyn
    April 26, 2012 / 7:20 pm

    I’ve been to a few decent TJMaxx’s and some really crummy ones. Most that I’ve been in are fairly small with narrow aisles. I often find thin, cheap clothing or more expensive brands in styles I would never wear. The shoe aisles I’ve seen are always so jumbled. I really think the store inventory varies a lot based on where it’s located. I’ve had more success at stores located in higher class neighborhoods, but I’m not a huge fan of TJMaxx. Truthfully, I don’t enjoy clothes shopping and am not a clothes trendy person, but I still enjoy following your blog. 

  8. lorena
    April 26, 2012 / 6:25 pm

    It’s one of my favorite stores !

  9. kathy
    April 26, 2012 / 2:07 pm

    The shoe racks have me drooling. I’m in a Philly suburb and while I do shop at a local TJ Maxx, it’s not nearly as big as this one. Sigh.

  10. April 26, 2012 / 1:55 pm

    I’m so excited there is a TJ Maxx downtown now and so glad we got to hang out a bit on Tuesday! I went back yesterday and got 2 dresses, a pair if shoes, a pack of those “skinny” hangers and some Elizabeth Arden lotion. Oh man, this is going to be trouble!!

  11. April 26, 2012 / 1:25 pm

    Yeah, it’s really close to the Smithsonian… AND on my way to the bus home.  So really, I have no reason to NOT stop in every day…I’m not even going out of my way!  

  12. April 26, 2012 / 1:24 pm

    LOL it’s only one Metro stop away from my office, it could be very bad (yet oh so good) for me and my lunch hour!

  13. April 26, 2012 / 1:21 pm

    I was in there yesterday after work and I’m 95% sure I’ll be back again today after work.  THIS IS BAD.  But so, so good!!  And near my work 🙂

  14. Sonia
    April 26, 2012 / 1:06 pm

    I love TJ Maxx for household goods, especially sheets and bed linens.  I went through a phase of deep fitting mattresses for our bed and ended up with almost a dozen different styles and colors, and the Maxx helped me keep it affordable yet tasteful. 

  15. April 26, 2012 / 12:46 pm

    I have no idea- rather baffling, isn’t it? Especially since the shop’s concept (& even layout!) is exactly the same in each. Maybe they thought the letter ‘J’ would be less marketable to a UK audience? Who knows, haha?

  16. April 26, 2012 / 12:00 pm

    sounds like a good place to meet up one day for lunch and shopping. 😉

  17. Lisa1669
    April 26, 2012 / 11:57 am

    I live in Novi, MI & am a regular at my TJ Maxx. In the last year, I’ve removed 42 lbs & they have saved my life with affordable, quality transition wardrobe pieces plus cute, trendy tops & accessories!!!

  18. April 26, 2012 / 11:12 am

     Oh gosh, not sure.  It’s actually on F Street, and very unassuming from the street.  I don’t remember where Garfinkel’s was, though I do know it’s close to the old Woodies 🙂

  19. April 26, 2012 / 1:54 am

    I’ve never been to a TJ Maxx, but those shoe aisles have me drooling…

  20. GingerR
    April 25, 2012 / 11:03 pm

    Is it where Garfinkle’s was?

  21. April 25, 2012 / 9:32 pm

    This looks just like the TK Maxx here in Birmingham (UK)- how bizzare! I never quite figured out why they call it TK Maxx over here though (rather than TJ Maxx)…

  22. April 25, 2012 / 9:04 pm

    Me too, I hope it stays easy to shop. So many stores end up cramming racks together, this one felt spacious like a regular department store. 🙂

  23. April 25, 2012 / 9:02 pm

    I’m excited to see, I hope it all remains pretty and clean so i can find all the shoes I want! haha! 

  24. Caroline
    April 25, 2012 / 8:49 pm

    I bought one of my prom dresses at the Maxx too!  It was gorgeous!

  25. Susan Yates
    April 25, 2012 / 8:46 pm

    Is this where Filene’s Basement was?

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