Sunday Favorites

Hi Everyone! Here we are, revisiting an older post. Chari at "Happy To Design" invites us each week to join her for Sunday Favorites in which we repost a past post.

Since I just posted about the fun Christmas T J Maxx/Marshalls event, I thought I would repost my last fun event with T J Maxx/Marshalls back in June of this year. I hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

I'm sure you have seen the new ads for TJMaxx. They feature people helping friends and family from spending too much, which is Spendervention. They are cute ads.

I was fortunate enough to be contacted by the folks at TJMaxx and Marshalls and offered a $25.00 gift certificate for each store. The point of this? A challenge! Woohoo, I am all about challenges, especially when it comes to spending money! They know that I have this blog about being thrifty and they know I am going to report what I discover through the eyes of a thrifty shopper. They sent the gift cards anyway. Are they brave? Insane? Or that sure of themselves? Hummm....this should be fun!

I haven't shopped at TJMaxx in quite awhile. A couple of weeks ago I popped into one of their stores because I was in the area and had time to kill. I didn't really get a chance to look around but, I did find a couple of great bargains. I figured I just got lucky! LOL

I received my gift cards too late to use for Father's Day and they came in right when we were heading to the campground.

Yesterday it was blistering hot and very humid. The beach helped a little but, air conditioning was what I really wanted. After sitting in the trailer for a couple of hours reading, I got a little antsy. I Googled the closest location for TJMaxx and Marshalls. No luck on Marshalls (closest one was 45 miles away)However, a TJMaxx was only 12 miles away! So, with hubby and the princess in tow, we headed out for a thrifty TJMaxx adventure.

When we got to the store (blessed with major A/C!)I grabbed a shopping cart and told the Hubs to take the princess and look around on their own while I did some serious scouting.

I was kind of surprised at how quickly my cart was filling up. Like I said, I have not shopped at TJMaxx in a long time. Full Department Store prices are just out of the question for me. I need to take shopping to a different level. TJMaxx is actually listening to the consumers needs for good quality items at low prices. I was pleasantly surprised! This is an even bigger surprise when you know me and know my shopping habits. I'm talking Thrift Store Diva here! Yard sale aficionado! Flea Market Fiend! Large Department Stores? Not so much.

I really did find a lot of things I loved that were a great price. Once I could add no more to my shopping cart, it was time to cull back on the goodies. After all, this was a $25.00 challenge for me. I found Troy and showed him all the stuff I had gathered. He and I went through everything and got it narrowed down to about $35.00 worth of items. I loved these last few things but, like a good Thrifty shopper, I begrudgingly put back 2 items.

Want to see what I got?

7 piece glass bowl set (large bowl and 6 smaller bowls with little handles on the side) - Reg. Retail price= $28.00 (so, not gonna happen!) TJMaxx price= $7.00
Quilted table runner - Retail Price= $18.00 TJMaxx price = $7.00
Quilted 4 pc. place mats - Retail price= $18.00 TJMaxx price= $7.00
Square Aqua glass serving dish - Retail price= $6.00 TJMaxx price= $2.99
8 pack of toile paper plates - Retail price= $3.49 TJMaxx price= $1.49
Total spent = $25.88 + $1.54 (tax) grand total = $27.22

The last item, paper plates, were an added item because I was so excited to set up and use my items, I figured I might as well buy some pretty paper plates to use. And yup, we went back to the campground and I set up a lovely light snack for us to enjoy with all my new table setting items.
Just a little side note: I am a quilter and I would have been very hard pressed to make this beautiful quilted table runner and matching place mats for $14.00. Not too mention the time involved!

Here is a couple of pictures of the table all set for our snack:

Oh and BTW, the dark little muffins are actually pumpernickel rolls that I picked up at a little bakery on the way back to the campground. They ran me $1.00 of two dozen!!

So, I was pretty happy with my shopping experience at TJMaxx. I will definitely be going back and check out what new things they have gotten in. Since they get new off-priced merchandise in weekly, things are always changing.

Another side note: (man, I am full of side notes today! LOL). After we left TJMaxx, I put my stuff away and was going to head over to another store in this Mall. Troy said that he wanted to check out the hardware store while I was shopping at Sally's. Off we went in separate directions. When I got done shopping, I saw Troy already in the truck. So, I got in and we headed back to the campground. After I got the table all set and the food already, Troy handed me a bag. He had went back into TJMaxx and bought the two items that I put back! What a sweetheart! Here is a picture of those two items:

If you can't tell by now, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE different serving dishes (platters, bowls etc)! Each of these ceramic pieces were only $3.99! Back in the winter, I had bought a 3 dish serving platter kinda like the one pictured except I bought it at Salvation Army and it was about 15 years old and not nearly as pretty and had chips in it. I paid $3.00 for it at Salvation Army!!

We may only have BLT's for dinner, but by golly, I like to set a pretty table!

Ummm..I'm thinking a glass pitcher and matching drinking glasses would round out this tablescape nicely! Okay Marshalls, your up next!


I was offered 2 gift certificates from the TJMaxx/Marshalls staff and was told to spend them on anything I wanted. The only thing they asked was that no matter what I got or how I enjoyed my experience, I would blog about it. This post is my honest opinion of my experience shopping. I am not being paid to offer this opinion.

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  1. I enjoyed this post a lot! Thanks for the Sunday fav's. I wasn't blogging last summer or reading yet....I love TJ Maxx and Marshall's and your $25 bought you some great items. I think your Hubby is so sweet for going back for those two items. I found a apothecary jar today at TJ Maxx for $ it and a Christmas present to myself.


  2. What a precious hubby you have. A cute post.

  3. Hi Diann...

    Girlfriend, you have all the luck! Hehe! I shop at TJ Maxx all the time...just saying in case someone from TJ Maxx or Marshalls would like to send me gift cards and the challenge! wink!!! You know, I just recently (about 6 mos. ago) found a TJ Maxx to shop at and it's still a couple of hours away from me! Of course, living out in the "boonies" everything is a couple of hours away! Hehe! Anyway, I was just shocked...and sooo pleasantly surprised at all the beautiful dining items that they have! My friend, I have actually purchased dishes from TJ Maxx at a better price than what I have found at the thrift stores! I'll be honest, because of this, I hardly ever buy dishes from the thrift stores any more! By the way...what happened to the days when you could get a pretty plate at the GW or Salvation Army for .15 or a quarter? Anyway...I know that I'm being very "wordy" today! Hehe!

    I just love all of your pretties that you found at TJ all the soft blues!!! Great treasure finds, my friend!!! And...I'm a tellin' ya...your Troy is such a sweetheart!!! The greatest treasure find of all...I think!!! That was soooo sweet of him to go back and buy those two beautiful pieces for you!!! Ohhh yes...and I was definitely impressed by that gorgeous table that you set while camping...Girl, you're the bomb!!! Love it!!!

    So very happy that you decided to share this fabulous post with us for Sunday Favorites today...I missed it the first time around! Thank you, Darlin'!!!

    Warmest wishes and Christmas blessings to you and your lovely family, Diann!

    Chari @Happy To Design

  4. that is such a great post and idea and finds you got. have a great Sunday..

  5. Great stuff Now I also love Home Goods which is also owned by Marshalls and TJMaxx....I get tons of stuff from Marshalls one of my favorite stores...Many blessings to you....Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria


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