T.J. Maxx: 13 things you probably didn’t know about the retail chain

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If you’re anything like me, you’re a tried and true Maxxinista.

From clothing to home decor and baby shower gifts, you visit T.J. Maxx on the regular. You wouldn’t dream of paying full price for something when you know you can get it for at least half off.

Here are 13 things you may not have known about your favorite place for a bargain hunt:

1. T.J. Maxx Is More Than 40 years Old

The first two T.J. Maxx stores opened in 1977 in Auburn and Worcester, Massachusetts.

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2. It Wasn’t Always Tied To Marshalls

It wasn’t until 1995 that parent company TJX acquired the Marshalls store chain.

3. The Brand Is Part Of A Five-Store Company

Along with T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, parent-company TJX also owns HomeGoods, Sierra Trading Post and Homesense.

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4. There Are More Than 1,200 Stores In America

According to a company spokesperson, there are 1,222 T.J. Maxx stores in the United States as of March 4, 2018.

5. The Store’s Buyers Are Active All Year

While buyers for larger department stores only buy for a season at a time, T.J. Maxx buyers are on the road purchasing merchandise throughout the year. They scour the globe to find unique and interesting products.

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6. T.J. Maxx Hasn’t Been Selling Online For Long

In 2013, T.J. Maxx launched its extensive e-commerce site. It was the company’s second attempt at selling online after a failed venture in 2005.

7. It’s An Off-Price Retailer, Not A Discount Store

An off-price retailer buys merchandise from manufacturers that have excess inventory, so they negotiate prices below wholesale. Discount stores buy merchandise at full wholesale price but take less markup than traditional stores.

8. It Has A Different Name Overseas

With more than 1,000 stores worldwide, no matter where your travels take you, there’s a T.J. Maxx store nearby. But in Europe and Australia, the stores are known as T.K. Maxx to avoid confusion with a retailer called T.J. Hughes.

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9. Look For The Yellow Tag

Sure, you’ve seen the red tag and thought an item was on final markdown, so you scooped it up. But actually, an item at T.J. Maxx isn’t at its lowest price until it has a yellow tag.

10. Stores Constantly Have New Inventory

Thousands of items are delivered to T.J. Maxx stores every week. So, if you see something you like, don’t wait because when an item is gone, it’s gone!

11. The Merchandise Isn’t Imperfect

Despite the low prices, most of the merchandise at T.J. Maxx stores is in perfect shape. In fact, less than 5 percent of the chain’s merchandise is considered imperfect.

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12. Wednesday Is The Day To Shop

Bloggers claim that Wednesday is the day T.J. Maxx stores receive the largest shipments and do the biggest markdowns. Get there in the morning for the best deals!

13. No Coupons Or Sales

T.J. Maxx stores don’t want customers waiting for a certain time of year to find great bargains. However, if you sign up for the company’s email newsletter, you’ll get free shipping on your first online order, exclusive offers and notifications when new styles are in stock.