On a recent trip to T.J. Maxx at the Village at Sandhills, Lindsay Joyner, of Columbia, spotted a pair of Frye boots, usually retailing for up to $700, for a steal.
“My friend had told me about them a week ago and I was amazed they were still there,” Joyner said.
Joyner, 30, is a life-long discount shopper. She often went to discount chains like Marshall’s and T.J. Maxx with her mother growing up. Joyner and her two sisters would often use the savings to justify shopping trips to their father. As an adult, Joyner scours discount shops and websites for deals on furniture and clothing she would otherwise have to shell out much more for.
“You need patience,” Joyner said. “You need to dig.”
At discount chains like Home Goods and T.J. Maxx, shoppers can often take home name-brand clothing and home wares at low prices. One can find brands ranging from shopping mall staple American Eagle to upscale designers like Michael Kors and Calvin Klein.
Home Goods, which has locations on Harbison Boulevard and off Two Notch Road, is Joyner’s favorite place to find deals on furniture and house wares. While inexpensive, the items she finds are often still high-quality and durable. Joyner sometimes even finds showroom brands, including Broyhill, among the items.
“The pure amount of stuff is amazing,” Joyner said. “The furniture feels nice. It’s solid. It doesn’t feel cheap.”
Joyner often researches more pricy items from Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware to find what style of house wares she wants, and then looks for their less expensive counterparts at Home Goods. The same strategy helps when shopping for clothes at discount stores, she said.
While moderately priced brands make up the bulk of items at discount clothing stores, high-end, current style pieces can be found by shoppers with luck or the right strategy. Joyner recommends finding out when stores get their shipments of new items weekly and taking the time to search through the rows of racks.
“I’ve found Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors before, and they’ve had stuff that’s not old and there’s nothing wrong with it,” Joyner said. “You just have to wait and see.”