Daily Archives: October 15, 2012

Glossary, Section II: Stores

Unlike the online shopping section of The Discount Diary’s glossary, I believe most of these stores are fairly well known.  Instead of a description of the store, I’ll provide my favorite things to shop for at each and my favorite location.

TJMaxx – Shout out and a big thanks to my Mom.  We used to go out to Syracuse from Utica to go to TJMaxx. It seems that would be the beginning of my deal shopping. I suppose I could consider myself a Maxxinista.  I normally make my way through the bags, check out the jewelry, peruse the sunglasses, scan the shoes and make a final stop in the home section.  I recently picked up a set of 4 mugs for $8 in the clearance home section!
Favorite location: NE 163rd at the Intercoastal Mall in North Miami Beach.

Marshall’s – Obviously, similar to TJMaxx sans jewelry.  Both TJMaxx, Marshalls and DSW (next) are very different dependent on the store location.  For example, the brands you will find at stores located in Miami carry a larger variety of high end brands than that of say, Syracuse.
Favorite location: not one in particular, I like them all equally.

DSW – aka Heaven.  Short for Discount Shoe Warehouse, I have been a member of their rewards program since I was in middle school (scary).  They give birthday discounts and you can accumlate points for gift certificates. In doing a quick scan of the shoes currently in my closet, I’d say it’s safe to say easily 75% of them are from DSW.  The shoes are marked down to begin with but you can find incredible deals in their clearance section as well.  I’ve picked up over the knee boots, flat ankle booties, classic nude shoes for weddings, studded booties, sneakers, ballet flats, sandals – this is totally an “all of the above” type of place.
Favorite location: Aventura on Biscayne Blvd

Loehmann’s – I’d never been to a Loehmann’s until last year so I was pleasantly surprised.  Although, I have not done well on shoes, accessories, sunglasses or bags, this is where I purchased the white Halston.  I do well when shopping dresses, casual or fancy.  I am also a member of their rewards program and recommend it.
Favorite location: Aventura on Biscayne Blvd at NE 183rd

Urban Outfitters – Definitely not for any professional wardrobe but easily the funnest store I frequent.  I absolutely encourage sticking to the sale section as not all of the brands are high-quality.  I always do well with accessories and sunglasses but they have also been my go to (without a local H&M) for denim and they have really fun books and off the cuff home goods.
Favorite locations: downtown Syracuse, NY, Aventura Mall, Collins Ave on South Beach

Macy’s and Bloomies – both can be hit or miss as most department stores are, but they can always be relied on for fantastic end of the season sales.  My favorite brands from Macy’s are bar III and Rachel Roy.  I usually shop for dresses, shoes and jewelry, rarely casual clothes.
Favorite locations: Aventura Mall, for both

BCBG outlet – Easily one of my favorite stores. Sometimes items left in the outlet do walk the line of tacky but if you stay focused you’ll be fine.  Blazers, bags, jewelry, sweats, watches, dresses – the list goes on.  I guarantee the BCBG outlets will be featured in some upcoming posts.
Favorite locations: Lee Outlets in Lee, MA, Sawgrass Mills Mall in Sunrise, FL, and Dolphin Mall in Doral, FL

H&M – Like an old friend I’ve been estranged from, I am not really sure if I had one in the vicinity I would shop at the frequency I used to but it’s safe to assume as soon as the South Beach and Aventura locations open, I’ll be there. Accessories, all day.  Shoes are hit or miss but cheap.  Every belt I own is probably from H&M.  Otherwise I buy everything H&M has to offer, jeans, basics, dresses, shoes, sunglasses, shorts and bathing suits.
Favorite location: Sangertown Square, New Hartford, NY

Hope this can offer some alternative options on your future shopping sprees!

xo Rae