Alright I said that I wasn't going to blog about shopping on Good Dinner Mrs Mellen, I lied. I can't help myself! If you know me, you know that I love to shop and shop and shop and shop. I just love clothes, home furnishing, cosmetic, you name it I'm there. Well I just had to share my most recent shopping finds. I believe in when the President says that we need to stimulate the economy so I spread my purchased around to all types of retailers. High end, discount, I do not discriminate. If I like it I buy it.
I get such a rush when I find a bargain or exceptional deal, I just get so warm and fuzzy. Last week I was up in the White Mountain region of New Hampshire. A beautiful natural resource that just takes my breath away. So in between the beautiful mountains, forest, lakes etc what should appear a few years ago but a T.J. Maxx in, of all places, Littleton New Hampshire. Now Littleton is a lovely small town that has actually made money magazines list of best small town to live in the US. In the winter the main street reminds me of Bedford Falls in "It's a wonderful life" with the Christmas lights strung across the street and snow falling. All that missing is George Baily running down the street to go home to Mary after he is saved by the Angel. A T.J. Maxx was a surprise to find so far up in New Hampshire. Now I have been won over by the bargains that I have found at this store. I think that they much ship merchandise that isn't sold at other story and just mark the items down to nothing to sell. At the end of each season is my most favorite time to hit this store just to buy any name brand item for next to nothing. So last week I was on a mission, hunt through all the clearance racks for name brands to buy. First to the shoes, did I tell you that I just love shoes. I was very disappointed. (I've been known to find $100 shoes or boots for $5 or $10) NO LUCK this time! On to the woman's clearance racks. I look through all sizes, a bargain can be stuck in the wrong size rack. My fingers busily move quickly through the racks, looking for names, give me Free people, BCBG, Juicy Couturier, Polo(Black Label I would die for), Jolie, Tommy Bahama bathing suits and more. I am frantically searching for me or my daughter or anyone I don't care the bargains are fabulous. Ah three Free People rompers into my cart, two BCBG bathing suit cover ups are mine, and still my heart, a Polo Black label black Tee shirt with a large pink horse! I am in heaven. I make one more pass over the racks to make sure that I haven't missed some more finds but sadly that is it for today. Over all it was a good day. I have had better days but I think that the word is out about this T.J Max so the bargains are getting slimmer and slimmer.
OK I know that you want to know how much I spent and the retail price on the manufacturers tags. You need to be seated for this, two of the Free People rompers were each .50 and one was $2.00. On the manufacturers tag $78. The two BCBG cover ups were $3.00 and $5.00, retail price $120. And my favorite the Polo Black Label tee cost me $7.00. I know I was being a little extravagant! Retail price was $98.00. Drum roll, I spent a total of $18. for $572 worth of merchandise. I almost couldn't sleep that night I was so amazed by my finds. My only regret is I couldn't find more to buy!
Now to the opposite end of bargain hunting. I went to new expanded The Runway at Maxx at T.J. Maxx in Newton to see all the new ultra expensive upscale fashions at discounted prices. And did they have the names, Chanel, Prada, Fendi, Nanette Lepore, Alice & Olivia, Ralph Lauren and still my heart, Jimmy Choo! Thousand dollar Jimmy Choo's for $599 or my favorite bargain, a beautiful handmade gold beaded Ralph Lauren evening top, retail $6000 for the small change of $999! I looked, I touched, I tried on but I didn't buy. I had so much fun joining the feeding frenzy along with all those other woman who were so caught up looking at the unbelievable price of these designer duds. I felt like I was part of a clinical study of a psychology class on how woman behave in large groups when they are presented with unlimited bargains. Or that we were all on Punk'd!
Like I said I just love to shop even if I am just looking and admiring beautifully made clothing. And I am just so thrilled with my loot from my shopping excursion in New Hampshire!