During a sick day at home a few weeks back I happened to catch an episode of The View that was more or less an infomercial for Marshall’s and TJ Maxx. They kept showing all these great outfits with designer labels and stylish bargains allegedly available at one of the two stores, and the whole time I was sitting at home yelling at the TV and Ruby (because at least she is a living thing and that is somehow less crazy that talking to innanimate objects) that they were LYING. That I’ve been to Marshalls and it’s all CRAP CRAP CRAP, a sea of crap as far as the eye can see. I became so defiant that as soon as I got myself well I marched my butt over to the nearest Marshall’s (a Home Goods combo on I-10) hell-bent on proving them wrong.
Instead I ended up with this:
Granted it’s made out of the world’s finest Rayon-Polyester blend, but it cost me (drumroll) TEN DOLLARS. Not bad at all. Especially when spiced up with my Betsy Johnson bow bracelet and Bandolino printed silk flats. As far as designer brands, Barbara and her ladies are delusional. The biggest labels I could find were Max Studio and BCBG Max Azria, and that took a good deal of crap-sifting.
Next project is to test Aaron’s theory that the greatness of Marshall’s items varys greatly by location- that rich or trendy areas probably have more designer goodies, in the hopes that I can once again prove myself right by selectively eliminating that possibility.
Regardless, Marshall’s was able to get themselves into my consideration set and get me in their door. Unintentional reverse psychology? Whaddya know, advertising works.