I did something I rarely do today – I went to TJ Maxx. Historically, I get to TJ Maxx maybe two or three times a year at best. It’s not that I don’t like TJ Maxx…it is the fact that shopping at TJ Maxx takes greater shopping energy than other stores. They are not the standard JC Penney or Kohls type of store. Oh no, they have one or two of this, a half dozen of that and sometimes way too many of the other. TJ Maxx has only a limited number of generic racks that have all the same item in the range of sizes (the racks you see in other stores). At Maxx you have to search through long packed racks for “finds” that suit you.
And that is only the clothes section. The purse section there is divine – it is really quite dangerous for a girl like me. There are purses of all sizes and colors – again they may have one or two of each design at best. I have never visited TJ Maxx without hearing a few purses speak to me (yes, you read me right – “speak to me” – I hear them say, “Buy me! Buy me!” – and no…I am not crazy).
The area in TJ Maxx that really kills me though – the part where I am the most vulnerable to overspending – is the part across the back that has all the eclectic home and gifty things. Goodness gracious…I could spend hours back in that section alone. The types of things they feature back there are exactly the things I would feature if I was TJ Maxx’s head buyer. I get back there and I am like Alice after she fell down the rabbit hole…magically taken in by one curious thing after another.
So I don’t go to TJ Maxx often as it is not a two hour tour. But today, I had one hour between the conclusion of my day at NDSU and picking up Cheyenne and I thought, “What the heck? I’ll just go look around TJ Maxx for a bit.” Ah, my intentions were good going in, but the next thing I knew I was running for the checkout line with a full cart and not a minute to spare.
I must say though, in my brief time in TJ Maxx today I noticed something I had never noticed before. I noticed that at that time (the 2-3 o’clock hour) the store was populated by some of the most interestingly diverse fashion forward women I have seen in the Fargo/Moorhead area. And so you know, I am not being facetious in my statement or trying to disparage their fashion forwardness – I genuinely enjoyed their collective ability to step outside cookie cutter fashion and define their own looks with such awesome style. I cannot recall ever seeing so much fashion innovation in the same location before (not even in a college classroom). It occured to me that it must be a phenomenon tied to TJ Maxx. TJ Maxx isn’t a cookie cutter store and neither are its shoppers – go figure.
All-in-all, a good hour at TJ Maxx (even if my time there was wholly insufficient for proper pillaging). I think I’ll be back there sooner rather than later – if for no other reason than to soak in the fashion stylings of Maxx shoppers. When I grow up I want to dress just like them; of course that means I will have to spend a lot more time scouring the racks -look for me down the rabbit hole.
Day seven hundred and ninety-three of the new forty – obla di obla da