5 TJ Maxx Hacks Even Maxxinistas Don’t Know!

Shop on Wednesday Mornings
TJ Maxx stores receive new merchandise shipments three to five days a week, but Wednesday is usually the day they mark everything down.

The Difference between Red vs Yellow Price Tags
Red tags means a product has been marked down only once, while a yellow tag means it’s final markdown. (So red-tagged items might get cheaper, but you’re not going to get a better deal on yellow tags.)

The Best Time to Shop at T.J. Maxx
Most stores mark down their inventory at the end of each season to make room for new merch. For TJ Maxx, this happens only in July and January.

Looking for luxe designer products?
You can buy Prada & Stella McCartney online on TJ Maxx. Navigate towards their Off The Runway page, and you’ll find Valentino shoes and Fendi purses! Plus you get free shipping on orders over $75!

Fashionista? Look For Purple Price Tags
If fashion is your thing, and you’re always on the lookout for apparel straight from the runway, keep an eye out for purple price tags at TJ Maxx. These are the clothes that were featured on the runway during Fashion Week. While the prices might not beat a red or yellow tag, they’re still a lot cheaper than shopping at major department stores like Nordstrom, Saks, or Bloomingdales.

The Truth About The Merchandise In TJ Maxx

TJ Maxx purchases overstock, cancelled orders, and past season deadstock, as well as merchandise not made for the American market but perhaps the European market. How do they do it? TJ Maxx negotiates the discount by removing the standard buyback clause held between department stores like Macy’s and the designer who says, “If these products don’t sell, we (the seller) get to return them to you (the designer) for a refund.” TJ Maxx says, “Hey, we’ll buy these remaining 1000 totes on a final-sale basis, but we want to pay half of what you charged the other guys.” And it works.

This means that it is very possible to find current season merchandise. Only 5% of the store’s inventory is “irregular.”.

How To Read The TJ Maxx Price Tag:


When looking at a TJ Maxx price tag, the number in the square at the top, right corner represents the month the item came in (1-24 on a 2-year cycle). The last two digits of the clearance price sticker represent the week the item was marked down.

In the above photo, both items arrived in month 20, but one received a markdown in week 32, the other more recently in week 36. In this case, you can take the week 32 tag to customer service and ask ever so nicely if they can scan the item to see if it missed a markdown. When they scan the item with their handheld scanner, a new red tag should print out with a lower price.

TJ Maxx price markdowns are not automatically added into the store’s system. So if an item doesn’t have the correct discount sticker, the price will not automatically adjust at checkout.

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