This Little-Known T.J.Maxx Fact Is a Total Game-Changer

updated May 1, 2019
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I go back and forth in my love for discount stores. When you go and find an amazing deal, you don’t just feel lucky — you feel like a genius for being smart enough to scour the store and find just what you needed, without paying full price like those other fools. Combining that rush of a shiny new object with pride for your perseverance is celebration-worthy.

Then again, when you go and walk out with $75 dollars worth of things you didn’t really need in the first place, you stop feeling so smart.

Since the thrill of the hunt — glory of finding, agony of defeat — is part of the process, I was shocked when I learned this little-known fact about T.J.Maxx: You can shop online!

Imagine still getting all the glory, without wasting your gas or your energy on a trip to the store? Amazing! Historically, most of these discount stores didn’t put their wares online (presumably because the stock varies from store to store). And the in-store discovery was part of the process and made each deal feel like a real win.

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The site does a good job of still making you feel like you’re in on the secret: The best deals have an “almost gone” button that elicits the same thrill of grabbing the last whatnot off the shelves, and a “reveal designer” button on products from bigger-name designers makes you feel like you discovered it all yourself. Plus, the inventory is updated daily, so you’ll get something different every time you log on. Shipping is fairly standard (starts at $9, but there are often promotions to make it free).

Here’s a look at some of the goodies I almost added to my cart today.

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Pig Colander, $6 (Image credit: T.J.Maxx)
  1. Pig Colander, $6: I mean, I need a new colander anyway and have you ever seen a cuter option?
  2. Elegant Leaves Tablecloth, from $13: Thanksgiving will be here before you know it and I love that this leafy print still feels a little summer-y.
  3. Olivewood & Maple Board, $13: I swear I recently saw something just like this at Anthropologie, for $50.
  4. Pumpkin Glass Storage Bowls, $4: Pyrex makes the cutest patterns, and these bowls don’t disappoint. For just $4 I don’t mind that I can only really use them one month out of the year.
  5. Short Fridge Turntable, $10: Maybe this is the key to finally organizing all those condiment bottles?
  6. Reusable Sandwich Bags, $6 for two: We can all stand to use a little less plastic and Kitchn editors love the brand behind these (Full Circle).
  7. Metal Dust Pan & Brush Set, $15: It almost seems like a shame to get this set dirty. It’s just so pretty!
  8. Sliding Drawer Storage Basket, $25: A cabinet accessory like this would usually cost at least double.
  9. 8-Inch Square Cake Pan, $8: This pan looked enticing because it said to click through to reveal the brand. I promised myself that if it was a good brand, I’d buy it. It’s Calphalon! Into the cart it goes.
  10. Metal & Wood Bar Stool, $80: I ultimately don’t need this right now, but if you’re in the market for some stools, it’s worth giving this a second look.

So you can quit feigning a doctor’s appointment to sneak out of work to shop. You now have a new spot to scan for bargain-price kitchenware and entertaining accessories — right from your desk.

Have you shopped T.J.Maxx online? What sorts of deals have you found?